PHYSICS MATTERS — On-line Colloquia Series

PHYSICS MATTERS — On-line Colloquia Series

as a “Physics for Development” initiative in COVID times

The APS Forum on International Physics (FIP) is pleased to announce the PHYSICS MATTERS on-line colloquia series. The main goal of these on-line colloquia as part of the “Physics for Development” program of FIP is to support international engagement for APS among students and early career physicists, targeting developing community audiences, especially in a time when, due to the COVID pandemic, travel is difficult or even impossible.

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Credits: @CERN, video editor and director: Samuel Hertzog, authors: Paola Catapano and Luisa Cifarelli

The first phase of the PHYSICS MATTERS series took place in the fall of 2020 from November to December, with weekly colloquia. These were pre-RECORDED video colloquia, each made available without registration for several days to ease its access no matter the time zone. All the speakers were asked to talk in a way that could stimulate curiosity and create a flow of ideas that is both educational and interesting to a broad community.
The recordings of the 2020 program can still be viewed from this web page (see below).

In 2021 we plan to continue the PHYSICS MATTERS series with LIVE on-line colloquia that will primarily target and involve some test centers, selected from within the partner countries of the SESAME project (Synchrotron-Light for
Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East), a project supported by the APS.

Our goal is however to enlarge the audience to as many developing communities as possible and share those exciting colloquia with the public. Hence, FIP wants to build capacity and enable developing communities. The live events will be organized in coordination with in-country physics societies and knowledgeable diaspora to ensure good video connections. Of course, they will be also open to all APS FIP members and FIP friends.  

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Dimensionality in Materials Science
January 27, 2022  
16:00 SGT (9:00 CET)

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The lecture will be delivered by Prof. Antonio Castro (National University of Singapore).

The whole duration will be about 90 min.


In this seminar, I will discuss how quantum mechanics and dimensionality determine the physics and chemistry of materials: 0D (atoms and molecules); 1D (polímeros, Carbón nanotubes, etc.); 2D (graphene and others); 3D (conventional materials).


Antonio CastroProf. Antonio Helio de Castro Neto is a Brazilian-born theoretical physicist. He is the founder and director of the Centre for Advanced 2D Materials (CA2DM) and co-Director of the Institute for Functional Intelligent Materials (IFIM) at the National University of Singapore.

He is a condensed matter theorist known for his work in the theory of metals, magnets, superconductors, graphene, and two-dimensional materials.

He is a distinguished professor in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Physics and a professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

He was elected as a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2003. In 2011 he was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a member of the Singapore Academy of Sciences and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. He is the author of the book “The Quantum Nature of Materials.

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