The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is unique in that it not only provides individual sponsorship for outstandingly qualified researchers but also integrates them in a world-spanning network of excellence during their entire lifetime. This "Humboldt Family" connects the world’s academic elite with Germany.
"Research in Germany - Land of Ideas" is an initiative by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and serves to promote German educational and research institutes across the world. The "Research in Germany" portal is an information platform and contact point for all looking to find out more about Germany's research landscape and its latest research achievements. Practical information here supports foreign scientists and researchers in their decision to collaborate with German research organisations or to complete a research stay in Germany.
The Newton International Fellowships Scheme was established in 2008 to select the very best early career postdoctoral researchers from all over the world, and enable them to work at UK research institutions for two years. The scheme is offered by the Royal Society, British Academy and Academy of Medical Sciences.
The Thomas Young Centre (TYC) is a dynamic and interdisciplinary alliance of London researchers which operate at the forefront of science to address the challenges of society and industry through the theory and simulation of materials, or materials modelling.
The TYC is currently made up of around 100 research groups from four London Colleges: Imperial College, King's College, QMUL (Queen Mary University London) and UCL (University College London). The academic departments involved include physics, materials, chemistry, earth sciences, biology, and several branches of engineering.
International Conference on the Structure of Surfaces (ICSOS) Series
The International Conference on the Structure of Surfaces series provides forums to assess the status of atomic-scale and nanoscale structure determination of surfaces, interfaces and nanostructures, and the relationships between such structure and physical and chemical properties.
Topics include atomic positions, bond lengths and bond angles of clean and adsorbate surfaces, interfaces and nanostructures; nanoscale morphology; their roles in determining electronic, optical, vibrational, chemical and dynamic properties; applications to phase transitions, disordering, defect formation, crystal growth, interface diffusion, segregation and chemical reactivity.
The meetings also serve to highlight the development of new and advanced experimental techniques for structure determination, and of sophisticated theoretical methods for modeling surfaces, interfaces and nanostructures.
American Mineralogist Crystal Structure Database
This site is an interface to a crystal structure database that includes every structure published in the American Mineralogist, The Canadian Mineralogist, European Journal of Mineralogy and Physics and Chemistry of Minerals, as well as selected datasests from other journals. The database is maintained under the care of the Mineralogical Society of America and the Mineralogical Association of Canada, and financed by the National Science Foundation.
Open Access Crystallography Database
The goal of this project is to provide 3D visualizations of crystal structures and morphologies in order to help educating future materials scientists and engineers worldwide. This website is also used for research purposes by the Nanocrystallography Group and in class room demonstrations of introductory materials science and engineering courses at Portland State University (PSU). All collected data are freely available over the internet.
WinXMorph is a free-for-educational-use program for Windows 2000, XP with which realistic still or animated crystal shapes (morphologies) are created from crystallographic data (metric, (hkl) - Miller indices and central distances) as input and *.wrl (VRML V2.0 utf8) files as output, that can be inserted on web pages.
Wulffman is a program for interactively examining the Wulff shapes of crystals with specified symmetries. The Wulff shape is the shape that possesses the lowest surface energy for a fixed volume, and hence represents the ideal shape that the crystal would take in the absence of other constraints. For a periodic crystal, i.e., one that can be generated by periodic repetition of a simple unit cell , the Wulff shape must be consistent with the crystallographic point group symmetry of the underlying crystal. The point group is simply the set of all point isometries (rotations, roto-inversions, and reflections) that leave the environment around a point unchanged. In the most general case, the Wulff shape will be a convex polyhedron whose faces (facets) correspond to crystal planes that are low in energy.