Royal Society of Chemistry - Theoretical Chemistry Group

Theoretical Chemistry Summer School 2000

Theory and Simulation of Clusters and Nanoparticles

The School of Chemistry
University of Birmingham

29 August - 6 September 2000

Organising Committee

Photographs from the Summer School


Clusters and nanoparticles constitute a major research area at the interface between contemporary chemistry, physics and materials science. They are particularly fascinating as they span an enormous size range between the molecular and the bulk, macroscopic regimes. This School will be concerned with theoretical approaches to modelling clusters and for predictng and understanding their structures, dynamics, reactivities and physical properties.

The Summer School will consist of morning lectures (with course notes) given by experts in the field, followed by problem solving classes and hands-on experience with relevant computer programs in the afternoons. There wil also be opportunities for members to write their own computer simulation codes. Each day there will also be research lectures presented by invited speakers and by participants of the Summer School.


Topics to be Covered

Click here for lecture titles and synopses.

Invited Lectures

In addition to the lectures constituting the course work of the summer school, there will be a number of lectures presented in the evenings by invited speakers, generally in the area of experimental cluster science. Professor Julius Jellinek (Argonne, U.S.A.), Professor Richard Palmer (Birmingham) and Professor Tony Stace (Sussex) have accepted invitations to speak.Click here for lecture titles and abstracts.

Contributed Lectures and Posters

Click here for a list of contributed lectures and posters.


The timetable of lectures, workshops etc. can be found here.


Details and supporting material for workshops can be found here.

List of Participants

Please check here that you have been registered correctly.

Information for Those Attending the Summer School

Further information, concerning arrival, registration etc., can be found here.


Accommodation and lectures will be in Mason Hall, a student hall of residence on the Vale site of the University of Birmingham campus. The accommodation is standard (i.e. non-ensuite) student accommodation. The afternoon workshops will be held in the IT Laboratory in the School of Chemistry (Haworth building). A clickable map of the University of Birmingham campus is available here and details of how to get to the University can be found here


The total cost, including residence, board and fees is 350. For delegates who do not require accommodation a charge of 100 is payable, to cover registration, lunches and the conference dinner.


Bursaries of up to 350 (i.e. full costs) are available for EPSRC-funded PhD students and postdocs - please contact Roy Johnston for further details.


The preferred method of payment is by cheque, in pounds sterling, drawn on a British bank. Please make cheques payable to "The University of Birmingham" and write "Theoretical Chemistry Summer School" on the back. Please send payment directly to Dr Johnston (adress given below). If such payment is not possible, please contact Dr Johnston to arrange an alternative method.


Click here for a postscript version of the registration form.

Click here for a text version of the registration form.

Please complete the registration form,and return it, together with payment, to:

Dr. Roy L. Johnston
School of Chemistry
The University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT
United Kingdom.

The deadline for applications is 1st August 2000.


The organisers are grateful to the Royal Society of Chemistry for financial support (from the Angela and Tony Fish Bequest) and to EPSRC for providing bursaries for EPSRC-funded students and postdocs to attend the School.

Click here for a postscript version of the Summer School advertisement.

For further information watch this web site or contact:

Dr. Roy L. Johnston
School of Chemistry
The University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT
United Kingdom.

Tel: +44 121 414 7477
Fax: +44 121 414 4403

Check out the Birmingham Cluster Web for cluster images and animations and links to other cluster-related web sites.

Dr Roy L Johnston
Last modified: Thu Sep 14 09:53:10 BST 2000