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Collaborative Connections in Molecular Electronics and Nanoscience

(Taken literally form the source: research.gov)

A group of 51 researchers at the Pan American Advanced Studies Institute (PASI) on Electronic Properties of Complex Systems in Cartagena, Colombia, discussed major advances in areas such as the use of lasers to create and transfer energy and to provide molecular control. The focus was to find synergy between experiment and theory and build relationships among international participants.

Through a series of discussions and hands-on experiences, the researchers are generating novel strategies to address these problems, which will lead to future research in the fields of molecular electronics and nanoscience.The PASI short course created a cadre of scientists and engineers versed in the electronic properties of complex systems and now primed for international collaborative research in both technology development and applications for current research initiatives.

Since the laser's introduction in the 1960s scientists have developed new application areas for the device including medicine, telecommunications, manufacturing and measurement. Today, the laser is a critical tool for molecular control--a new and important development that seeks to manipulate molecular materials at the atomic level. Fields from chemistry to quantum mechanics use lasers to assist with studies requiring controlled operation.

This PASI award--jointly supported by the NSF and the Department of Energy-was organized by Adam Wasserman at Purdue University. The first meeting took place in June 2011.