UCF hosts conference on Molecule-based Magnets

UCF is excited to announce the 13th International Conference on Molecule-based Magnets (ICMM-2012) in Orlando (Rosen Centre hotel), October 7-11.

Organized by UCF and co-chaired by Enrique del Barco, faculty member of the Physics department, the ICMM has become the premiere international forum for scientists and junior researchers to present and discuss the most exciting new developments in molecular magnetism.

This research field continues to grow, whilst also responding rapidly to exciting new opportunities. This healthy outlook can surely be attributed to the multidisciplinary nature of the collaborations and networks that have been fostered between physicists, chemists, materials scientists and others who have come together to discuss their work at international meetings such as the ICMM.

Organizers have been able to put together a rich program of plenary, invited and contributed presentations given by a mix of established experts and younger rising stars both from within the molecular magnetism community and from closely related research fields.

Contributions span all areas of molecular magnetism, including: organic/inorganic/hybrid magnetic molecular materials; multifunctional and/or switchable molecule-based magnetic materials and devices; single-molecule and single-chain magnets; nanostructured molecular magnets and molecular spintronics; and magnetism in biology. On the evidence of the many breathtaking contributions in this program, it is clear that progress over the past two years has been stronger than ever.

In particular, the organizers are proud to have been able to involve a large number of students in the meeting, offering financial support to 50 of them to attend the conference. In particular, 19 student fellowship awardees will present their work in the main program of talks. In addition, a session of tutorials, designed to introduce the most relevant topics of the field to the 110 students who will participate, is planned for Sunday, October 7th at the Physical Science building.

Students from all around the world will be exposed to the top-notch research performed in the UCF Physics and Chemistry departments, as a powerful outreach tool for our institution. Furthermore, there will also be an educational session on Tuesday, October 9th (6pm), with talks by the CEO of WebAssign (John Risley) and two Physics faculty (Jackie Chini and AbdelKader Khara), who will advertise some innovative ways to teach Physics at UCF.

For more information about the conference, please visit their website www.icmm2012.us.

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