The Molecular Foundry and NCEM staff participated in a Scientific Retreat on November 4-5 — formerly the dates of our joint Annual User Meeting that was canceled due to the government shutdown — to discuss new scientific opportunities in nanoscience and electron scattering that are of interest to the two centers.
The retreat focused on the ways that the scientific achievements of the Molecular Foundry and NCEM benefit from increasingly close collaboration, and served as a significant step toward the consolidation of the two centers, which will be complete by the start of FY 2015, beginning on October 1, 2014.
The agenda included both structured discussion time that addressed exciting new scientific frontiers and the challenges that accompany them, as well as informal time and poster sessions that allowed scientific and technical staff to learn about each other’s research.
Specific scientific areas addressed included:
- Energy and Mesoscale Materials led by Jeff Urban with Steve Whitelam and Andreas Schmid
- Electron Microscopy and Scattering led by Andy Minor with Shaul Aloni and Frank Ogletree
- Functional Nano-Bio, Hard-Soft, and Nanoporous Materials led by Brett Helms with Caroline Ajo-Franklin and Gary Ren
- Theory and Simulation of Functional Nanostructured Materials led by David Prendergast with Colin Ophus and Alex Weber-Bargioni
- Imaging with Local Probes led by Paul Ashby with Peter Ercius and Adam Schwartzberg