The Asian Consortium for Computational Materials Science


September 8 - 11, 2005

Beijing, China

Minutes of the discussion meeting on ACCMS3

The third conference of the Asian Consortium for Computational Materials Science (ACCMS-3) was held at the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing during 8-11 September, 2005 and was co-organized by the Department of Physics, Tsinghua University. The earlier two conferences were held at the Indian Institute of Science and the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India (ACCMS-1) in 2001 and Akademgorodok, Novosibirsk, Russia (ACCMS-2) in 2004. In all 104 participants from 16 countries shared their recent research results. Apart from the participation from Asian countries and areas (China, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Japan, Korea, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, and Uzbekistan), there was a significant representation from other countries including Australia, Canada, Germany, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and USA. The number of participants from outside the host country increased significantly to 48 in this ACCMS Conference. There were 23 plenary/invited talks, 22 oral presentations and 43 poster presentations. Three participants were given the best poster prizes. The organization of the Conference was excellent and the scientific contents were first rate. The Asian Consortium for Computational Materials Science (ACCMS) was established with an objective to nurture and promote research and developmental activities in Computational Materials Science in Asian countries and areas. In this conference it was heartening to see from the quality and the variety of presentations that computational materials science has made rapid strides in several Asian countries. Also besides the traditional subjects of physics, chemistry and metallurgy, currently there is great interest in nanomaterials and it has brought biological systems within the scope of computational materials research. This was reflected in the presentations as well. Furthermore in addition to the scientific objective of understanding complex materials and phenomena, an increasing effort is currently under way to design novel materials with desirable and controllable properties and functionalities using computational tools. This aspect was also covered in the Conference. The scientific program of the ACCMS-3 Conference comprised presentations covering a wide spectrum of materials such as molecular and biological systems, clusters, fullerenes, and nanotubes, hydrogen storage and spintronic materials as well as a variety of other bulk systems. Several papers dealt with advances in methodologies of quantum chemical methods, multiscale modeling, excited states, disordered alloys and strongly correlated electronic systems. A variety of properties of materials were discussed. These included quantum transport in molecules and nanotubes, electronic, optical, magnetic, vibrational, superconducting, and field emission properties, structural stability, design of new materials particularly for hydrogen storage, high pressure effects, mechanical behavior and role of defects, and phenomena related to surfaces and interfaces, clathrates, ice, as well as a variety of other oxide materials. ACCMS-3 was truly successful in achieving its objectives. A wider international participation is a reflection that the Conference is getting more widely known and is becoming a meeting ground for researchers in this field. It is hoped that this trend would be continued in the future to make ACCMS conference a leading international conference in Asia. Vijay Kumar

Vijay Kumar

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