“Beyond Nano: The Challenges and Opportunities of Mesoscale Science

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 3:45pm



Department of Materials Science and Engineering


Beyond Nano: The Challenges and Opportunities of Mesoscale Science”
Roger H. French, PhD
F. Alex Nason Professor


Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Room 410 Nord Hall


(Refreshments served at 3:45 pm)     04:00 PM         

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland Ohio, 44106



Mesoscale sciencedata science and analytics1 focuses on addressing the frontiers of complex systems, between quantum and classical, nano and macro, and across the four dimensions of space and time. Nanoscience continues to advance, and multi-scale approaches are used to bridge orders of magnitude in length scales, and ultrafast science has opened attosecond processes to study. The challenge of mesoscale science is to study larger systems in their true complexity, not just in their mean or average behavior, so that we can organize and integrate functionalities to achieve macroscale benefits for society. This challenge can draw upon the advances in 2, as a complement to high performance computing, to augment our scientific methods, accessing new data sources, and developing new un-biased analytics for our studies.

1 Hemminger, J. From Quanta to the Continuum: Opportunities for Mesoscale Science, US. DOE Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee Report.http://science.energy.gov/~/media/bes/pdf/reports/files/OFMS_rpt.pdf

2 Hu, Y.; Hosain, M. A.; Jain, T.; Gunapati, Y. R.; Elkin, L.; Zhang, G. Q.; French, R. H. Global SunFarm Data Acquisition Network, Energy CRADLE, and Time Series Analysis. In 2013 IEEE Energytech; 2013; pp. 1–5.

3 French, R.H.; Parsegian, V.; Podgornik, R.; et. al, Long Range Interactions in Nanoscale Science. Reviews of Modern Physics 201082, 1887–1944.

4 Bruckman, L. S.; Wheeler, N. R.; Ma, J.; Wang, E.; Wang, C. K.; Chou, I.; Sun, J.; French, R. H. Statistical and Domain Analytics Applied to PV Module Lifetime and Degradation Science. IEEE Access 20131, 384–403.

Fluctuations, disorder and degradation in mesoscale systems focuses on the time domain and spans 1024 orders of magnitude from fluctuations and disorderdegradation pathways3, to dynamics, to degradation over lifetime. Mesoscopic systems represent one of the fundamental challenges for mesoscale science to elucidate 4, enabling development and control of systems with functionality imparted at multiple length and time scales.

Questions? Patsy Harris patsy@case.edu