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Alessandro De Vita: A Celebration of his Life and Work

Thursday 30th- Friday 31st May 2019
Time: All Day
Venue: Great Hall
King’s College London
Strand, London
WC2R 2LS
Contact: Ms Hafiza Bibi
Tel: 020 7594 7252

The Department of Physics of King’s College London and the Thomas Young Centre for Theory and Simulation of Materials, supported by Psi-k and CECAM, will hold an international symposium to celebrate the life and work of Professor Alessandro De Vita, who passed away on Tuesday 2nd October 2018, at the age of 53.

 

To attend the event please complete the registration link below.

Registration is now closed.

Location: The Great Hall is on the ground floor at the strand campus of Kings College London. A google map can be found here.

Further information on how to get here and the list of local hotels can be found here.

Please find programme below:

Day 1 (Thursday 30th May 2019)

09.30

Registration Tea/coffee available

10.00

Welcome and introductions

Session 1: Electronic structure methods (Chair: Mike Payne)

10:20

Mike Payne (Cambridge): Chair’s remarks

10:30

Nicola Marzari (EPFL): Sandro’s early, unpublished work

11:00

Mike Gillan (UCL): Work in the 90s at Keele and Cambridge

11:30

Max Stengel (Barcelona): Lautrec

12.00

Lucio Colombi Ciacchi (Bremen): How we tackled biomineralization with Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics

12.30

Lunch

Session 2: Applications and industry (Chair: Roberto Car)

14:00

Roberto Car (Princeton): Chair’s remarks

14:10

Giulia Galli (Chicago): Darkening diamonds

14:40

Jean-Christophe Charlier (Louvain): Carbon nanotubes: microscopic growth mechanisms and electronic properties

15:10

Massimo Riello (GE Aviation): Molecular Simulation of the Physical Properties of Hydrocarbons at Extreme Temperatures and Pressures"

15.40

Tea/coffee break

Session 3: Beyond Science (Chair: Carla Molteni)

16.30

Carla Molteni (King’s): Chair’s remarks

16.40

Personal contributions from family, friends and close colleagues

Evening Reception

18.30

Drinks and nibbles at Bush House North Terrace, s short walk from the Great Hall

 

Day 2 (Friday 31st May 2019)

09:00

Tea/coffee available

Session 4: Fostering the community (Chair: Arash Mostofi)

09.30

David Richards (King’s): King’s College London

09.40

Angelos Michaelides (UCL): The Thomas Young Centre

09.50

Volker Heine (Cambridge): Psi-k

10.00

Sara Bonella (EPFL): CECAM

10.10

Sandro Scandolo (Trieste): Trieste

10.20

Martina Stella (Imperial College London): NOMAD

10.30

Tea/coffee break

Session 5: Self-assembly (Chair: Johannes Barth)

11.00

Johannes Barth (TU Munich): Chair’s remarks

11.10

Giovanni Costantini (Warwick): Learning from Sandro: from dancing peptides to anomalous coarsening

11.40

Davide Bonifazi (Cardiff): Supramolecular Stochastic Chiral Gels    

12:10

Andrea Floris (Lincoln): Electrostatics in self-assembled metal-organic complexes on noble metal surfaces

12:40

Lunch

Session 6 – (Machine) Learning on the fly (Chair: Gianpietro Moras)

14.20

Gianpietro Moras (Freiburg): Chair’s remarks

14.30

Gabor Csanyi (Cambridge): Learning our way from silicon to iron

15.00

James Kermode (Warwick): Multiscale modelling of materials chemomechanics

15.30

Aldo Glielmo (King’s): A gradual development of efficient learning models for force fields

16:00

Closing remarks

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