International Summer School
Physical and Chemical Principles in Materials Science 2016

July 11-17, 2016 in Paris - France

General information

Scope: The aim of the school is to provide a comprehensive view of materials science, from first principles concerning elaboration, structure, properties and advanced spectroscopic characterization, to applications.

Participation: The school is intended primarily for Master and PhD students in Materials Science, Chemistry and Physics. Students from NPU, UPMC and any other universities, schools and scientific institutions are welcome to participate.

Application deadline: May 22th 2016
The registration will occur on a first come, first served principle.

Lectures, accommodation and meals are included in the fee (300€). Financial supports can be obtained, under conditions.

Application form: can be obtained upon request at
Hui YU (NPU) :

Summer school organization and topics

The International Summer School “Physical and Chemical Principles in Materials Science” is organized by Laboratoire de Chimie Physique - Matière et Rayonnement of Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) in Paris, France, and the School of Material Science and Engineering of Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) in Xi’an, China.

The school is aimed to present to a general audience of Master and PhD students the physical and chemical principles used in materials science, from design, elaboration and characterization of the materials to applications. Theoretical and computational approaches, description of specific materials such as nanoparticles, ceramics and periodic multimaterials, and their properties will be addressed. The training involves a series of 90 min lectures, including tutorials based on few case studies. Visits of experimental facilities will be organized, together with sessions of posters and discussions. The official language of the school will be English.

Summer school location

The Summer School will be held July 11-17 2016 in Paris, France. Lectures and laboratory visits will be organized in the Jussieu campus of Université Pierre et Marie Curie, in Paris: see Accommodation will be provided at reasonable distance from the campus.

Jussieu campus, the main campus of Université Pierre et Marie Curie, is located downtown Paris in the so-called Quartier Latin, on the left bank of the Seine. This lively district is known for its student atmosphere since the home of a large number of famous schools, universities, libraries … and also bistros, restaurants and clubs. It has a very rich and long historical and cultural background, with vestiges of the Roman era, as the Lutèce Arena and Terms of Cluny. It is also closed to many touristic spots.

Cultural and social events will be organized during the school.

Confirmed speakers from NPU and UPMC

Christian BONHOMME
 Solid state NMR: new trends in materials science.
Yanfeng CHEN
 Optical and acoustic band-gap materials.
A primer in synchrotron radiation and x-ray matter- interaction.
Nanocrystals for the fabrication of new mesostructures.
Xiaoli FAN
 Computational methods in materials science.
Wanqi JIE
 Principles of crystal growth from melt.
Philippe JONNARD
 Electron-matter interactions for scanning electron probe microscopy.
Feng LIU
 Kinetics in phase transformation.
Eleonora LUPPI
 Theoretical optical spectroscopy of materials.
 In situ investigation of nanomaterials: from design to applications in new energy sources.
François ROCHET
Real-time photoelectron spectroscopy of chemical reactions.
Philippe WALTER
 Analysis of cultural heritage materials with x-ray techniques.
Bingqing WEI
 Synthesis of nano-material  with  chemical methods.
Yadong XU
 Electronic properties of materials.


Northwestern Polytechnical University School of Materials Science and Engineering

Université Pierre et Marie Curie Laboratoire de Chimie Physique -Matière et Rayonnement

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