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Crystal Growth & Assembly (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

From Atomic to Hierarchical Assemblies in Crystal Growth


June 24-25, 2017


University of New England
Biddeford, ME Site Information


Abby Goldman & Wenhao Sun

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this meeting was May 27, 2017. You may still submit an application, which may be considered by the conference chair if there is still room available.

Meeting Description


We are very excited to be bringing back the Gordon Research Seminar on Crystal Growth and Assembly! The GRS on Crystal Growth and Assembly is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

This meeting will bring together young scientists across various disciplines to present and discuss topics ranging from the fundamentals of nucleation and crystal growth, to the formation of thin films, hierarchical structures, biominerals, and beyond.

In particular, this year at the GRS we will highlight a historical perspective, starting with classical crystal growth concepts initiated by Gibbs and Ostwald, among others, and explore how these concepts have evolved into the present and future of crystal growth research. Another important focus at this GRS will be networking and professional development, including academic and non-academic career paths (industry, policy, management, etc).

We invite students from all sub-disciplines of Crystal Growth and Assembly to submit abstracts for poster and oral presentations.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 24, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Crystal Growth & Assembly" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.

Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Oriented Attachment: A New Old Mechanism of Crystal Growth
Discussion Leader: Elias Nakouzi (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmMike McBride (Yale University, USA)
"Oriented Attachment: A New Old Mechanism of Crystal Growth"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmIn Situ Characterization of Crystal Growth
Discussion Leaders: Katy Olafson (University of Houston, USA) and Michael Whittaker (Northwestern University, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmLili Liu (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
"Oriented Attachment of ZnO in Liquid Using Liquid Cell Transmission Electron Microscopy"
7:45 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:15 pmCoit Hendley (Cornell University, USA)
"Particle Driven vs. Surface Driven Nanoparticle-Crystal Interactions Revealed by In Situ AFM"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmClara Anduix (University of Leeds, United Kingdom)
"Calcium Sulfate Polymorph Control Through Surface Chemistry Modifications in Porous Media: An In-Situ 3D Analysis"
8:45 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:15 pmStijn Van Cleuvenbergen (KU Leuven, Belgium)
"Harmonic Light Scattering: A New Approach to Monitor Symmetry, Size and Concentration During Nucleation and Crystal Growth"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amMolecular Assembly and Crystallization
Discussion Leaders: Giulia Mirabello (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands) and Gabriele Sosso (University College London, United Kingdom)
9:00 am - 9:15 amC. Nadir Kaplan (Harvard University, USA)
"Controlled Growth and Form of Precipitating Microsculptures"
9:15 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:45 amHyunjoong Chung (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
"Understanding Martensitic Transitions in Molecular Crystals"
9:45 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:15 amSofia Curland (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
"Induced Ice Nucleation by Polar Crystals: The Role of Pyroelectricity and Water Alignment"
10:15 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:45 amAnthonius Engwerda (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
"Deracemization of a Racemic Sulfoxide Using Viedma Ripening"
10:45 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Career Panel
Discussion Leaders: Abby Goldman (Cornell University, USA) and Wenhao Sun (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"The Nucleation of Classical and Non-Classical Career Paths"
  • Jim De Yoreo (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
  • Jacklyn O'Neil (Alkermes, USA)
  • Jeffrey Rimer (University of Houston, USA)
  • Elias Vlieg (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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