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Emergent Phenomena at the Nanoscale

  • March 18, 2009
  • 3 p.m.
  • Sumwalt 102


In science, emergence refers to novel and coherent properties and phenomena arising from relatively simple interactions in complex systems. These are are not the properties of the individual elementary components, but of the assembly of such components. Higher-level, large-scale patterns arise out of local interactions between individual elements. This presentation will discuss examples of ongoing research at the Nanomaterials Theory Institute into emergent nanoscale phenomena such as high-temperature superconductivity, nanomaterials synthesis, and quantum transport.

The Nanomaterials Theory Institute (NTI) is the theory, modeling, and simulation (TMS) arm of the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The CNMS, both a user facility and a scientific research center, is focused on understanding the phenomena that controls the properties of nanoscale materials. This presentation will also discuss opportunities for research and collaboration with CNMS.

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