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Extreme Nanowire, Phase Formation and Molecular Encapsulation in Atomically Thin Capillaries: Practice, Theory and Experiment

Warwick Physics Day and EMAG Preamble

Tuesday 3rd July 2018, 10:30am-5:00pm at MAS 2.05/2.06


Extreme Nanowires of SnTe (2x2, double zigzag and Encapsulated 'Extreme Nanowires' can be as small as a single atom in width and are the smallest possible orderable structures. Their simplicity and robustness makes them ideal platforms for the study of fundamental properties of matter, such as nanometer-scale phase transformations, crystal structure formation and molecular scale reorganisation leading to synthesis. These materials test the state of the art in aberration corrected electron microscopy methods and associated nanoscale spectroscopic characterisation. Their extremely small size also lends these materials to a posteriori, ab initio, or ex nihilo theoretical modelling whereby their structure, stability, electronic properties and other properties can be observed, predicted or verified by experiment. This work is leading to transformative new studies approaching the picoscale including the physical realisation of Peierls distortions, novel phonon optics, spectacular potentiation of thermoelectric properties, novel sterically driven 4D (i.e. time-resolved) nanoscale syntheses and phase transformations among others. This Physics Day will bring together prominent UK and international researchers all of whom share a common interest in materials formation near or at the ‘true’ 1D scale, one dimension smaller even than 2D graphene and similar.


Dr. Jeremy Sloan

Prof. Ana Sanchez

We encourage attendance from students and researchers across the broad spectrum of Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Science, Materials Engineering and Synthetic Chemistry although the number of participants will be restricted to allow meaningful discussions. While we have a full program of Plenary, Invited and Student talks, we encourage participants to contribute (A0) posters – the details of these must be provided at registration.

 Registration (Closed)

 There is no fee, and limited funds are available to visiting speakers only to support travel. Tea and Coffee will be provided for all participants but only registered participants will be entitled to a free lunch.

 Confirmed Speakers (Program for Talks Schedule)

Jeremy Sloan (Warwick)

Andrew Morris (Birmingham)

Andrij Vasylenko (Warwick)

Kazu Suenaga (AIST, Japan)

Thomas Chamberlain (Leeds)

Maria Burdanova (Warwick)

Charlotte Slade (Warwick)

Andrei Khlobystov (Nottingham)

Poster Programme (Poster Program (TBA))


Materials and Analytical Sciences (MAS) building, rooms MAS 2.05-2.06

 How to get there

Please find the Material and Analytical Sciences (MAS) building via the double doors on the Science concourse. To get here enter through the physics building and enter the Science concourse via floor 3. Alternatively take the bridge over library road accessible via the library. Please follow the link to the interactive campus map


Jeremy Sloan, Dept. Physics, University of Warwick 

Tel: +44(0)2476 523392

Hanako Bell, Department of Physics, University of Warwick

H dot Bell dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk

Tel:+44(0)2476 151384