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Symposium on Molecular Phenomena at Surfaces

University of Warwick, 27th July 2017


The interaction of molecules with surfaces plays a crucial role in nanotechnology: not only is the great majority of nanodevices supported on a substrate, but surfaces have recently also emerged as the only environment where the synthesis of a wide class of new functional materials is possible. Moreover, the advanced analytical techniques available in nanoscience at surfaces offer the possibility to characterise complex molecular species with unprecedented ultrahigh resolution, overcoming traditional limitations of polydispersity, crystallisation, and sensitivity.

This symposium aims at bringing together leading international and UK experts in an unformal and stimulating environment to present recent advances in the field and encourage interdisciplinary discussion and collaborations. Early career researchers will be given the unique opportunity to showcase their research and to directly interact with international experts.


The Symposium will be held in the Materials and Analytical Science (MAS) building of the University of Warwick, room MAS2.06.

Information on how to get to the University is available here, and an interactive campus map here.

Parking can be found in one of the Pay and Display parking facilities which are clearly marked on this campus map.

Attendance at the symposium will be free of charge, but all participants are required to register in advance.

The organisers would like to thank the IOP and its Thin Films and Surfaces Group for their support.


Invited speakers

Nian Lin

Professor Nian Lin, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Single-Molecule Charge Transport in an STM Junction

Steven Tait

Professor Steven Tait, University of Indiana Bloomington, USA

Chemical Reactivity of O2 at a Surface Assembly of Low-Valent Vanadium


Professor Philip Moriarty, School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Nottingham

Mapping force fields and potential energy landscapes at the single chemical bond level

Federico Rosei

Professor Federico Rosei, INRS–EMT, Univ. du Québec, Varennes, Canada

Surface polymerization using the Ullmann coupling reaction



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10:30 - 11:00 Arrival, tea and coffee
11:00 - 11:45 Prof Nian Lin
11:45 - 12:30 Prof Steven Tait
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:15 Prof Philip Moriarty
14:15 - 15:00 Prof Federico Rosei
15:00 - 15:30 Tea and coffee
15:30 - 17:30 Posters