December 2009: CCP5 Funding for the AIMPRO meeting 2010 "Modelling of Nanostructures and Interfaces".

The upcoming AIMPRO Users Meeting 2010, entitled "Modelling of Nanostructures and Interfaces" and sponsored by COST, will be held in the School of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham, April 19-22, 2010. We are delighted to confirm that CCP5 offers us an additional funding of £ 1,500 towards travel costs for student attendees and invited keynote speakers.

CCP5 is the Collaborative Computational Project for computer simulation of condensed phases founded more than 25 years ago to promote the involvment of UK scientists in collaborative research in this area.


November 2009: Postdoctoral Fellow Joins the Group.

Dr. I Gusti Made Sanjaya will be joining the group in November 2009. In 2004, Dr. I Gusti Made obtained his PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from the Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia. He is a lecturer in Physical Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, the State University of Surabaya. From November 2009, while on sabbatical leave, he is taking up a postdoctoral position in the computational nanoscience group at Nottingham funded by the Directorate General of Higher Education of Indonesia through the Academic Recharging Program (PAR-C) award.


September 2009: Managing Editor of the Journal of Atomic and Molecular Sciences (JAMS).

Elena Bichoutskaia is elected a Managing Editor of the new Journal of Atomic and Molecular Sciences (JAMS). JAMS is a refereed international journal sponsored by Sichuan University, and edited by a group of world-wide leading scientists in diverse fields to guarantee its highest standard. The journal is published quarterly, it appears in February, May, August and November.

JAMS publishes original research results in atomic and molecular physics, clusters and nanostructures, chemical physics, astrophysics and plasma physics, nonlinear dynamics, optical and laser physics, quantum optics and quantum information, reaction kinetics, condensed matter physics, surface science, molecular biophysics and biochemistry.


August 2009: Contributed Talk "Nanoscale structure-property correlation of filled carbon nanotubes through theory and atomic imaging" at the NanoteC09.

The NanoteC09 conference was held August 26 - 29 2009 in Brussels, Belgium. NanoteC is one of the longest running series of international nanoscale carbon conferences in Europe (since 1998). It brings together scientists working with nanoscale carbon materials: nanotubes, graphene, diamond- and fullerene-related nanostructures. While each of these materials attracts its own dedicated community of researchers, NanoteC draws on common themes and allows researchers to share insight into this unique element at the nanoscale.


June 2009: MPhil Student Joins the Group.

Adriano Santana Sanchez will be joining our group in September 2009. He obtained his B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the Autonomous University of Madrid in June 2008. In January 2009, he moved to the UK and took up a position as an R&D chemist at the "INFINEUM International Ltd" company in Abingdon, Oxfordshire while looking for a PhD position in nanoscience.


May 2009: EU COST Grant Funded.

One of the largest EU COST grant "Designing novel materials for nanodevices: From Theory to Practise (NanoTP)", which comprises 59 European laboratories including our group, has been recently funded. The coordinator of the grant is Dr. Carla Bittencourt (LCIA, University of Mons-Hainaut, Mons, Belgium), and the vice-chairman is Dr. Chris Ewels (IMN, Universite de Nantes, France). The application received the highest score ever obtained by a COST project. Well done, Carla and Chris!


May 2009: "Computational Nanoscience" Book by the RSC Publishing.

The Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing office commissioned a monograph entitled "Computational Nanoscience" (Editor: Elena Bichoutskaia) in the RSC Series Theoretical and Computational Chemistry. The book will document major advances in scientific computation, mathematical models and theory development which specifically target future applications of nanotechnology. The book will be published in 2010.


March 2009: Invited Lecture "Nanoscale structure-property correlation of filled carbon nanotubes through theory and atomic imaging" at the 8th Pacific Rim Conference on Ceramic and Glass Technology (Symposium 7: "Nanostructured Materials and Systems").

The PACRIM8 conference will be held May 31 - June 5 2009 in Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada. It consists of twenty seven symposia and provides a forum for global discussion of the future of materials science. Symposium 7 will focus on the recent developments in the basic understanding related to synthesis, processing, and modelling of nanostructured materials. This symposium also aims to discuss nanomaterials-based devices and technologies useful and essential for energy storage, conversion, and generation applications.


January 2009: Royal Society Grant Funded (International Incoming Short Visits).

Dr. Andrei Popov, a Russian scientist from the Institute of Spectroscopy, Russian Academy of Science, Troitsk (Moscow region), will spend 5 weeks in our group in spring 2009 to work on the development of theory and modelling of nanodevices based on carbon nanotubes and graphene. This is Andrei's first visit to Nottingham, and we hope he will enjoy it!