Electrical and Magnetic Properties of Chiral Molecules and Materials

Catalina Achim (CMU) and David Waldeck (Pitt) are hosting a workshop on the 'Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Chiral Molecules and Materials'. They invite you to attend the workshop please let the organizers know about your attendance in advance.

When: Friday, March 23 - Saturday, March 24    1:00 - 4:00 pm
Where: Mellon Institute Social Room
Contacts: Catalina Achim:
                  David Waldeck : 


Friday, 3/23/2018

  • 8:30 Coffee and bagels
  • 9:00 - 9:10 David Waldeck Overview/Introduction
  • 9:10 – 9:50 Yossi Paltiel CISS based spintronics
  • 9:50 – 10:10 Jimeng Wei CISS in CuO films
  • 10:10 – 10:30 Megan Kirkendall Experimental solid state quantum simulation using 1D superlattice structures
  • 10:30 – 10:50 Coffee break
  • 10:50 – 11:10 Eilam Smolinksi Magnetization of GaAs 2DEG by applying an external electric dipole onto a chiral SAM
  • 11:10 – 11:30 Caleb Clever Study of CISS in peptides and amino acids upon polarization on Hall effect devices
  • 11:30 – 11:50 Ilina Kolkr-Baravik Sensing cellular activity using molecular controlled semiconductor resistor
  • 11:50 – 12:30 Summary and discussion of morning talks Ron Naaman - discussion leader
  • 12:30 – 1:30 Buffet lunch and informal discussions
  • 1:30 – 1:40 Catalina Achim Introduction
  • 1:40 – 2:10 Brian Bloom Chiral quantum dots: review and overview
  • 2:10 – 2:40 Dilhara Jayarathna Peptide nucleic acid assisted dimerization of gold nanoclusters
  • 2:40 – 3:00 Zheni Georgieva Chiral perovskite nanoplatelets
  • 3:00 – 3:20 Coffee break
  • 3:20 – 3:40 Artur Sargun Helicity control in peptide nucleic acid duplexes through terminally-bound ligands
  • 3:40 – 4:00 Soham Dutta Enantiomer separation on surfaces
  • 4:00 – 4:30 Eyal Capua Separation of chiral molecules by enantiospecific interactions using magnetic surfaces
  • 4:30 – 5:00 Summary and discussion Yossi Paltiel - discussion leader
  • 6:00 - Dinner @ Istanbul Sofra Tentative

Saturday, 3/24/2018

  • 8:30  Coffee and bagels
  • 9:00 - 9:15 David Beratan Introduction
  • 9:15 – 9:55 Dali Sun Spin transport vs. charge transport in the conducting polymers and molecules
  • 9:55 – 10:15 Ed Beall Investigating single molecule conductance of nucleic acids
  • 10:15 – 10:35 Jesus Valdiviezo Ratchet mechanisms for directional charge transport in periodic chiral structures
  • 10:35 – 10:55 Coffee break 10:55 – 11:25 Francesco Tassinari Chirality-dependent rate of charge transfer in oligopeptides and enzymes
  • 11:25 – 11:55 Peng Zhang QD-QD electron transfer
  • 11:55 – 12:30 Summary and Discussion Catalina Achim and David Waldeck
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm Buffet lunch and informal discussions 
  • 1:30 - 4 pm Tours of PINSE and Achim/Waldeck labs; Art Museum tour

NSF Grants Conference

The Next NSF Grants Conference will be held June 4-5, 2018, in Detroit, MI. Registration for this conference will open on Thursday, March 15th at 12:00 PM EST.

Key officials representing each NSF program directorate, administrative office, Office of the General Counsel and Office of the Inspector General will participate in the two-day conference. The conference is designed for new faculty, researchers, educators and administrators who want to gain insight into a wide range of important and timely issues at NSF including: the state of current funding; the proposal and award process; and current and recently updated policies and procedures.

Topics will include:

  • An introduction to NSF;

  • NSF's proposal preparation and merit review process;
  • Award management;
  • Conflict of interest policies;
  • New programs and initiatives;
  • Cross-disciplinary and special interest programs; and
  • Breakout sessions by discipline.

Registration Questions, 703.245.7407,
       Preferred Contact Method: Email
Program Questions, 703.292.8243,
       Preferred Contact Method: Email

Introduction to Overleaf

Overleaf is a collaborative online writing platform that is useful for scholars because it offers versioning for revisions as well as export options for submitting to different journals with various formatting requirements. It is based on LaTeX but little LaTeX knowledge is needed. In this workshop we will introduce Overleaf with the aim of getting started with the platform and being able to start and collaborate on a document.

Date: Friday, March 16, 2018
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Hillman Library, Digital Scholarship Commons, G-49



Mendeley Basics

Learn the basics of using the Mendeley citation management tool! Each online training session will cover creating an account, searching resources and exporting citations, organizing citations, attaching files to citations, creating and formatting bibliographies, and inserting citations automatically into documents.

Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Register here!

Workshop on Electron Probe MicroAnalysis

This workshop sponsored by PINSE/NFCF, JEOL and Three Rivers Microscopy Society (3RMS).  

Workshop will provide an introduction to the world of electron microprobe and also cover some more advanced applications such as low keV analysis and effects of contamination.  Some of these topics are also of interest to EDS users. This workshop is for anyone, and we welcome those who have zero knowledge of EPMA but might be interested in applications to your own research.  EPMA is similar to EDS, but offers more elemental precision, with higher peak to background ratios and easier separation of peaks, plus low to trace level detection.  It is a very complimentary technique to many other instruments in NFCF, such as EDS, XRD, Raman, and more!

Registration can be found here:

Location: Benedum Hall, 3700 O’Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Time: Tuesday, March 20th and Wednesday, 21th, 2018


Complementary lunch will be provided.

Novel Paradigms in Many-Body Physics from Open Quantum Systems, March 26-29, 2018, Dresden, DE

Strongly-correlated open systems often violate fundamental rules typically governing many-body systems in thermal equilibrium. The goal of this workshop is to bring together for the first time scientists from different communities under a common denominator, this being the study of novel paradigms in many-body physics from open quantum systems. This workshop will provide an overview of the emerging concepts, possible theoretical approaches as well as experimental realisations. Apart from invited and contributed talks, the workshop will also feature introductory lectures on selected topics.

The application deadline is 30 November 2017.

Applications are welcome and should be made by using the application form on the event‘s web page. The number of attendees is limited. The registration fee for the international workshop is 120 Euro and should be paid by all participants. Costs for accommodation and meals will be covered by the Max Planck Institute. Limited funding is available to partially cover travel expenses.
The scientific program of the workshop will be available in February 2018, approximately.

Read more here.

Quantum Computing for Aeroscience and Engineering, November 7-8, 2017, Hampton, VA

The workshop aims to accelerate technology transition towards outstanding engineering problems that are expected to be achievable using quantum computations in the coming decade. The workshop’s goals include developing a roadmap for success towards solution strategies for engineering applications. These applications may include computational materials research, computational fluid dynamics and aerothermodynamics, among others.

Read more here.



NASA Langley Research Center
1 NASA Drive
Hampton, VA 23666

Register here.

Quantum Sensing with Quantum Correlated Systems Workshop, Sept 25-29, 2017, Dresden, DE

Quantum sensing, along with quantum metrology and quantum communications, is one of the pillars of the emerging new technologies in this century. In this workshop we aim at moving from the paradigm of using isolated single quantum systems as sensors to devices formed by many-body quantum correlated systems and "synthetic quantum materials" that exploit entanglement to achieve higher resolution in the determination of an unknown parameter.

Applications are welcome and should be made by using the application form here. Applications received before June 30, 2017 will be considered preferentially.

The number of attendees is limited. The registration fee for the international workshop is 120 Euro and should be paid by all participants. Costs for accommodation and meals will be covered by the Max Planck Institute. Limited funding is available to partially cover travel expenses.

Read more here.


Advances in Quantum Transport in Low Dimensional Systems, Sept 4-5, 2017, London, UK

The 2017 "Advances in Quantum Transport in Low Dimensional Systems" conference, organized by the IOP Nanoscale Physics and Technology Group will be held September 4-5 at University College London, London UK. Key dates are:

  • Abstract submission deadline: 15 June 2017
  • Early registration deadline: 28 July 2017
  • Registration deadline: 25 August 2017

More information can be found on the website.

The aim of this conference is to bring together experts from various areas of solid state quantum physics with specializations in quantum transport in low-dimensional systems (2D, 1D and 0D). This will be an opportunity for both academia and industries to seek new future possibilities in the emerging solid state quantum technologies and nano devices with special interest in the spin physics of low-dimensional systems. The conference will also provide a great opportunity for enriching the knowledge of young researchers and students through interaction with the experts in concerned areas.

Topics to be discussed include (but are not limited to):

  • Transport in 1D, 2D and 0D systems
  • The Metal-Insulator Transition
  • Mesoscopic Effects
  • Quantum Pumping
  • Quantum and Spin Hall Effect
  • Spin or Charge Entanglement
  • Topological Insulators and Superconductors

Nanophotonics and Micro/Nano Optics International Conference, Dec 7-9, 2016, Paris, FR

If light-matter interaction control appears today more and more relevant for numerous applications and associated societal needs (telecommunications, security, health, energy and environment) key issues and new concept can only be solved and brought to the fore by gathering people from different areas.

The Nanophotonics and Micro/Nano Optics International Conference is an annual event that hosts high-profile plenary speakers, world class researchers, oral and poster presentations, workshops, sponsor exhibits and afterworks.

Submit your abstract before September 7th. Check out the website here.

Electron, Ion, and Photon Beam Technology and Nanofabrication Conference, May 31-June 3, 2016, Pittsburgh, PA

The 60th international conference on Electron, Ion, and Photon Beam technology and Nanofabrication (EIPBN) conference is dedicated to lithographic patterning science, nanomanufacturing process technology, and the applications these methods enable. For 57 years, and 60 meetings the conference has brought together engineers and scientists from industries and universities from all over the world to report on and discuss recent progress and future trends.

EIPBN Registration: Online registration for EIPBN 2016 is now available. Click here to register. 
Early registration and special student rates are available. The early registration deadline is April 30, 2016.

Short Courses: Enroll during the Registration Process

  • State-of-the Art Nanofabrication – Fundamentals and Advanced Applications

Tuesday, May 31st from 8:30 to 3:30pm with a break for lunch. EIPBN will offer a short course this year on State-of-the Art Nanofabrication – Fundamentals and Advanced Applications. This course is intended to bring researchers new to the field of nanofabrication up to speed on the fundamentals of techniques such as thin film deposition and etching, lithography and characterization. A detailed discussion of advanced applications of complex nanofabrication will also be presented. 

  • Vacuum Fundamentals and Pumping

Tuesday, May 31st from 8:30 to 3:30pm with a break for lunch.

Course Objectives 
Learn vacuum fundamentals including pipe flow and contamination effects.
Learn selected pump technologies for high and low vacuum regimes.
Conduct hands-on flow tests and pump disassembly, with various models on display.

Instructors: JR Gaines, Kurt J. Lesker Company and Chris Horwitz, Electrogrip Company

Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Chiral Structures and their Assemblies Workshop, June 27-July 1, 2016, Telluride CO

The workshop will bring scientists from these different communities and disciplines together, and provide a forum to encourage communication and collaboration on this important and newly emerging subject. Specific topic for discussion are likely to include: spectroscopic signatures of chirality and of chiral imprints, spin-polarized photoemission from dissymmetric films, spin selective photochemistry of chiral species, molecular spintronics, manifestations of chirality in the properties of surfaces, films and interfaces.

Read more and register here

Nuclear Pore Complexes and Smart Polymers Workshop, July 25-29, 2016, Telluride CO

The goal of the Workshop is to bring together 20-25 active researchers drawn from the fields of NPC structure-function relations and synthetic nanopore materials science for a Telluride Workshop on Nuclear Pore Complexes and Smart Polymers. There will be both experimentalists and theoretician/simulators. The admixture of theory and experiment, as well as applications to biological NPCs, NPC mimetic systems, and synthetic polymer-based nanopores will lead to stimulating discussions, extensive cross-fertilization, and, ultimately, to significant advances in these fields.

Read more and register here.

Many-Body Interactions: From Quantum Mechanics to Force Fields Workshop, July 12-16, 2016, Telluride CO

This workshop is supported in part by the Center from Simulation and Modeling, University of Pittsburgh.

Simulations of complex materials and chemical and biological systems requires the use of model potentials (force fields). As a consequence, the results of the simulations are "only as good as the force field employed." In principle, high-level electronic structure calculations on appropriate model systems can provide the information needed for generating accurate force fields. This workshop brings together researchers with expertise in force field development and those with expertise in electronic structure methods.

Read more and register here.

48th Midwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference, June 9-11, 2016, University of Pittsburgh

The 48th Midwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference will be hosted by the University of Pittsburgh June 9-11, 2016. Located in Western Pennsylvania at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains, Pittsburgh's unique topography is shaped by rolling hills and its 446 bridges over the Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio rivers, earning Pittsburgh the title 'City of Bridges.' We are excited to be hosting MWTCC again, and we look forward to welcoming you in Pittsburgh for the conference.


  • Daniel Lambrecht, Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh
  • Ken Jordan, Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh
  • John Keith, Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
  • Jeffry Madura, Department of Chemistry, Duquesne University


Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh
Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
Duquesne University Center for Computational Sciences
Department of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University
The Center for Energy, University of Pittsburgh
Center for Simulation and Modeling, University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Quantum Institute
Penguin Computing

Annual Symposium on Research Computation, Thursday October 29, 2015, University of Pittsburgh

The 2015 Advancing Research Through Computation will take place here at the University of Pittsburgh in October, and you are invited to attend! Speakers from the Pittsburgh area will present their work and a poster session will be held as well.

The Center for Simulation and Modeling is pleased to host the second annual symposium on research computing. The symposium will consist of invited lectures that cover data intensive computing in astrophysics and computational biophysics aimed at a general audience including scientists and engineers.

For information and regstration click here.

Quantum Chemistry Workshop, May 7-9, 2014, University of Pittsburgh

A 3-day Quantum Chemistry Workshop in coordination with the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. This workshop is intended for graduate students beginning their careers in theoretical research groups. The purpose of this workshop is to familiarize students with the derivation of theoretical methods and to provide practical experience in using popular methods. Senior graduate students and postdocs are welcome to attend.

The workshop will be held in the Chevron Computer Classroom and registration is limited to 30 participants. Light refreshments will be served. There will be a one and a half hour break for lunch each day; lunch is not provided. There is no fee to attend this workshop. There will be a two hour hands-on session each day to provide students with ample time to learn and practice using many of the leading quantum chemistry packages available today.

Read more and register here.

Physics of Emergence Workshop, Feb 1-2, 2014, University of Pittsburgh

The John Templeton Foundation has made research on the subject of Emergence a key funding priority, especially in the area of Physics. In connection with the Physics of Emergence funding competition, this workshop serves as a kickoff meeting bringing together researchers participating in the funding call. It is our hope that this meeting will provide opportunities for connection and collaboration between researchers in this program.

Organizing Committee

  • Bob Batterman (University of Pittsburgh, Philosophy)
  • Julia Bursten (University of Pittsburgh, HPS)
  • Michael Miller (University of Pittsburgh, HPS)

Read more here.

Center for Philosophy of Science Workshop on Quantum Time, March 28-29, 2014, University of Pittsburgh

Many of the problems of time in physics are old and well-known, and their morals for metaphysics have been explored. In this workshop, we propose to attack a newer problem: How is quantum time special? More specifically, this workshop will explore the ways in which quantum theory leads to new insights about the nature of time, and how thinking about the role of time may lead to insights about quantum theory.

Read more and register here.

Topics may include (although they are not limited to) the problem of time in quantum gravity, quantum time observables, temporal symmetry violation, and the unitary and non-unitary implementability of time evolution in quantum theory. We are holding an open call for papers presenting fresh new ideas, of which we can accept up to 6 participants. The participants will join the three invited speakers below. We welcome submissions of 1000 word abstracts from both physicists and philosophers, with the hope that this workshop will provide a useful forum for interdisciplinary engagement.

INVITED SPEAKERS: Abhay Ashtekar, Juan Gonzalo Muga, Laura Ruetsche

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Thomas Pashby, Bryan Roberts, Giovanni Valente