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This file contains information about the Gordon
CRYSTAL GROWTH and ASSEMBLY
Fundamental Mechanisms of Ordering from the Atomic to the Mesoscale
formerly known as
Thin Film and Crystal Growth Mechanisms
The next conference in this series will be held at the
University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, June 25-30, 2017.
The publicity for this conference will be posted on the
2017 GRC site.
The site details and travel arrangements are posted on the
The conference chair is Elias Vlieg, and the vice-chair Jeffrey D. Rimer. The conference information, including most invited speakers and discussion leaders will be found
here, i.e. on the
GRC site at
To make suggestions for the 2017 conference, please send an e-mail to Elias or Jeffrey via the
GRC Chairs Web-form.
If you wish to attend a Gordon Research Conference, you should preferably
to the Gordon Conference organization as a first step towards registering.
Alternatively details may be obtained by mail from the Gordon Conference Office:
Gordon Research Conferences, 512 Liberty Lane, West Kingston, RI 02892, USA.
Phone: (401) 783-4011; FAX 783-7644.
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To judge the scope of the conference
series, you may wish to consult the history and
programs of the most recent conferences, listed below.
These Gordon Research Conferences on Thin Film and Crystal Growth Mechanisms
draw on both liquid-phase growth and vacuum-deposition growth communities,
to address fundamental issues and new developments of interest to both groups.
We develop a strong interaction between the groups, and discuss
how our understanding of fundamental chemical, physical and biological processes can be used to
develop methods for novel nano-structure growth.
Focused sessions have included, but were not limited to:
- Crystals and epitaxy
- Novel optical properties
- Organic and biological thin films
- Medical and Pharmaceutical applications
- Fundamentals of nucleation and coarsening
- Surface structure, morphology and evolution
- Fundamentals of solution-phase and thin film growth
- Structure-property relationships at the nanoscale
History, Background and Location
These conferences attract around 100 participants, whose interests span the
fields of thin films and crystal growth, and are aimed at areas of mutually
beneficial overlap. The sixth conference has just taken place, as described above, and
the recent conference programs can be accessed from the list below.
The first conference was held from July 6-11, 1997 with co-chairs John Venables
and Iwan Alexander. That conference series was a merger of two previous conference
series, 'Epitaxial Thin Films and Interfaces', last held in 1995 and 'Crystal Growth',
last held in 1994. This year the conference series has been renamed again, to concentrate on
Assembly, not all of which are crystalline in the era of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.
Conferences have the usual Gordon Conference format: 3 morning talks, 2
evening talks, with afternoons free for discussion and activities. We had
comprehensive poster sessions on both occasions, and it was encouraging how
many post-docs and graduate students participated.
The beautiful location of the
University of New England in Biddeford, Maine is relatively new
for this conference series, but it is clearly proving to be enjoyable. There is always time for extensive scientific discussion, and for leisure activities including tennis, biking, kayaking, hiking and other sports.
Please tell people what an excellent time you had at these conferences, so that we maintain the momentum for the 2017 conference.
Previously we were at Colby-Sawyer College, located in New London, New Hampshire in the heart of the
region, just 100 miles north-west of Boston. This region is known for the natural beauty
of its lakes and mountains.
Previous Conference Programs
Latest version of this document: 31st August 2016.