“Nanomanipulation of Atoms and Molecules using STM: Experiment and Modelization” Workshop on November 16-17, 2015

Following the success of the first NAMUS workshop organized in 2013 at JSU, we are pleased to announce the second NAMUS II workshop. The event will be held in Jackson State University, Jackson MS, on November 16th-17th, 2015.

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Participation fee:
Regular $50, Students $20


The impressive development of Nanosciences has already reached high controllability levels on matter.  It is now clear that future technologies will depend upon our ability to control the spatial manipulation and the properties of molecular assemblies at the atomic scale. This is particularly true since the top-down techniques are facing major drawbacks while they are progressively replaced by bottom-up approaches. These levels of “nano-manipulation” require powerful techniques with an ultimate resolution such as the scanning probe microscopy (SPM). Within the field of nanoscience, a deep understanding of the electronic properties of the studied nano-object probed with SPM techniques is often challenging and need alternative tools. It is therefore regularly essential to use theoretical simulations to help the understanding of experimental results. The density-functional theory (DFT) has opened the field of first-principles simulations related to the emerging field of nanoscience. This state-of-the-art first-principles approach has already play a key role in the discovery and understanding of fundamental questions that arise in SPM experiments combined with surface science and condensed matter physics.

The main goal of the workshop is to expose the key aspects involved in the functioning of the SPM techniques as well as the manipulation of atoms or molecules on surfaces. The strong relationships that can be made between experiments and theoretical simulations will be merged to provide fundamental insights on the systems under study.

This two-days workshop will dynamically combine plenary talks or lessons (presenting both the experimental and theoretical methods) with hands-on sessions to provide an opportunity for the participants to reproduce some experiments applying state-of-the-art computational methods.


Monday, November  16–09 a.m.   –  4 p.m. (CST)

09 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Lesson 1: Experimental description of STM/AFM techniques (Damien Riedel).

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Coffee break

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lesson 2: Introduction to DFT and computational STM and STS (Henry Pinto).

12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. Lunch


1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. Lesson 3: Theoretical description of the Tunnel junction (Damien Riedel).

Coffee break

2:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Lesson 4:  Hands-on session on VASP towards models of surfaces, part1 (Henry Pinto).


Tuesday, November 17–09 a.m. –  5 p.m. (CST)

09 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Lesson 5: Experimental investigations with STM or AFM through examples part 1 (Damien Riedel).

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Coffee break

10:30 a.m – 1:00 p.m. Lesson 6: Hands-on session on VASP towards models of surfaces, part2 (Henry Pinto ).

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch


2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Lesson 7: Experimental investigations with STM or AFM through examples part 2 (Damien Riedel).

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Coffee break

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Lesson 8: Hands-on session modeling STM with VASP (Henry Pinto).


It is strongly recommended for the participants to bring their own laptops to make the best benefit of the hands-on sessions. For further instructions contact directly to Henry Pinto at hpp@icnanotox.org.

Scientific Organizing Committee:

Dr. Henry Pinto1 (ICN, JSU, USA)

Dr. Damien Riedel2 (ISMO, UPS, France)

Prof. Jerzy Leszczynski1 (ICN, JSU, USA)

Mr. Juganta Roy1 (ICN, JSU, USA)

1 Interdisciplinary Center for Nanotoxicity, Department of Chemistry, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS 39217, USA.

2 Institut des Sciences Moléculaires d’Orsay, UMR 8214, Université Paris Saclay, 91405 Orsay Cedex, France.