This event is under the patronage of Prof. Dr. Annette Schavan, Federal Minister of Education and Research. Press release (in German, April 2, 2009)

April 29-30, 2009 in Goslar, Germany in the Harz mountains

The meeting in Goslar organised by the Center of Interface Science of the universities of Oldenburg, Osnabrück and Bremen, is the first of its kind aiming to bring some of the most outstanding researchers from chemistry and physics together to talk about hot topics in materials science. Physicists and chemists of the field are welcome to participate. Female students and researchers are particularly encouraged to send in their abstracts. There will be a program for accompanying children.


The meeting will start on April 29, 2009 with a school only reserved for female young scientists on the subject of "time and project managment" in the arts museum "Münchehaus-Museum" in Goslar.

The scientific meeting entitled "From the witches cauldrons of materials science" takes place on April 30, 2009 and is open for all scientists (female and male). There is the possibility to present own research in form of a poster. The meeting will be held in the Harz mountains close to the city of Goslar (www.goslar.de), not far from the Brocken mountain (www.brocken-harz.de), in the old locksmithery of the World Cultural Heritage Rammelsberg


The conference is dedicated to Katharine Burr Blodgett (1898-1979) as outstanding pioneering woman in surface and materials science.

During her early years at the University of Chicago she worked with Harvey B. Lemon on the adsorption of gases on charcoal. This knowledge helped her invent gas masks. More known is her work with her long-time collaborator, Nobel prize laureate Dr. Irving Langmuir. Blodgett and Langmuir worked on monomolecular coatings designed to cover surfaces of water, metal or glass. One interesting example is coated "invisible" glass with more than 99 % transmissivity.

She was the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in physics from Cambridge University, U.K. and the first woman to work in a General Electric laboratory in Schenectady, New York. Blodgett received numerous awards during her lifetime but most of them were the "first woman" type. In 1951 she was chosen by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as one of the 15 "women of achievement".


Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Mönchehausmuseum of modern art,
Mönchestraße 1
D-38640 Goslar


Welcome and registration:

Hotel Der Achtermann
Rosentorstraße 20
D-38640 Goslar


Thursday, April 30, 2009

Bus transfer from train station (opposite Hotel Achtermann) to World cultural heritage Rammelsberg (museum and ancient mine)8.30
Katharina Al-Shamery, Universität Oldenburg 9.00-9.10
Opening remarks
Katharina Landfester, MPI für Polymerforschung, Mainz9.10-9:50
From Nanoparticles to smart Nanocapsules
Karin Jacobs, Universität Saarbrücken9.50-10.30
Soft matter is hard science: How floppy molecules influence material properties
Coffee break10.30-11.00
Katharina Krischer, TU München11.00-11.40
Selforganization on Electrode Surfaces
Katharina Kohse-Hoeinghaus, Universität Bielefeld11.40-12.20
Chemical vapor deposition: dirty chemistry or clean materials?
Katharina Rubahn, University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg, Denmark12.20-12.40
Nanotechnology in Denmark
Karina Morgenstern, Universität Hannover14.00-14.40
Ice on a metal: How does the structure change with temperature and what else can we do to manipulate the ice?
Katrin Domke, FOM, Amsterdam, Netherlands 14.40-15.20
At the tip of the wand: Obtaining topographic and chemical information from interfaces
Coffee break15.20-15.50
Katharina Franke, FU Berlin 15.50-16.30
Resonant electron heating and molecular phonon cooling in single C60 junctions
Ekaterina Shamonina, Universität Erlangen16.30-17.10
Metamaterials: Physics and Applications of "artificial atoms"
Poster session17.10-18.10
Bus transfer to Hotel Achtermann18.30
Joint dinner in the Hotel Achtermann19.30
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