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11.09.2022 - 14.09.2022 | Plön

Mach-5 “Molecular Machinery: Making, Measuring, Modeling”

The development of molecular machines and motors at the molecular scale is a hot topic of nanoscience with a revolutionary potential in several areas of technology and medicine. A new conferences series is launched along with scientific prizes named after the three Nobel laureates in Chemistry for molecular machines. It will favor the exchange of ideas, particularly among young scientists, the emergence of ground-breaking visions and the recognition of creativity in a burgeoning research field.

Miniaturization of electronic and magnetic devices spurred unprecedented, technological developments in information processing and storage. As a consequence, the progress in microelectronics exerts an increasing impact on modern societies. Downscaling mechanical devices and machines is expected to have a similar technological and societal impact. Although the field is still in its infancy, research in the past three decades has shown that the concepts of macroscopic device and machine can be transferred to the molecular or supramolecular level. Moreover, it has become evident that applications of molecular devices and molecular machines, enabled by appropriately integrating/interfacing them with their surroundings, could provide radically innovative solutions to significant problems in many areas of technology and medicine. The scientific maturity of this research and its great potential for breakthrough applications were testified by the award of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016 to three founding fathers of the field, namely, Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Fraser Stoddart and Ben Feringa.

The conferences will be held every two years in an European country, and will target scientists who are active in the field of molecular machines and their components (motors, switches, rotors, actuators, etc.). The focus will be on the specific functions (directed motion, pumping, sensing, assembly, information storage, processing…) that arise from coupling to an energy source or trigger (light, redox, concentration gradient, electric, magnetic fields, etc.) and their interaction with the environment (solution, surface, polymers, biological systems, etc.).

The format of the conferences is highly innovative: Only young scientists give talks, with ample room for discussion; senior scientists are welcome as chairs, tutorial advisors and discussion panelists. The contributions will feature intro talks (presentation of research program by emerging group leaders), idea pitches (short ads of project concepts by young researchers), vision statements (reflection on general problems, prospects and emerging areas by established senior scientists), and beyond science (selected contributions on cultural, socio-economic, political and artistic aspects related to science).

The first Mach-5 conference will be held at the Plön Castle, Northern Germany, on 11-14 September 2022, organized by Prof. Rainer Herges (Kiel University) and Prof. Alberto Credi (University of Bologna), and partly supported by a donation of Prof. Fraser Stoddart, the European Research Council (ERC), through an Advanced Grant to Alberto Credi, and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). Nobel laureate Prof. Ben Feringa will give the opening lecture of the conference 2022.

Future editions of the meeting are scheduled in the summer of 2024 near Bologna, Italy, and in 2026 near Strasbourg, France.

Hinweise zur Teilnahme:
Regular participation fee: 640,00 EUR
Accompanying person: 490,00 EUR
Conference dinner: 40,00 EUR
Conference excursion: 30,00 EUR


11.09.2022 ab 16:30 - 14.09.2022 14:30




Schloss Plön, Schloßgebiet 91
24306 Plön


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