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Newsletter - December 5, 2019

Dear MARVEL'ers,

Please find below our latest newsletter, with a highlight, news, and events linked to the MARVEL community.   

This month, read about our continued research into quantum spin Hall insulator candidates, accolades received by Professors Luisier and Marzari, as well as Professor Corminboeuf’s continued work to provide girls and young women with strong role models willing to challenge prevailing stereotypes.   

For your agendas, there is the next Junior Seminar on 6 December.

Highlights

Researchers identify 13 monolayers as potentially promising quantum spin Hall insulator candidates

In a recently published paper, Relative Abundance of Z2 Topological Order in Exfoliable Two-Dimensional Insulators, researchers from MARVEL director Nicola Marzari’s Laboratory of theory and simulation of materials (THEOS) screened a comprehensive database and identified 13 monolayers that are dynamically stable and potentially exfoliable quantum spin Hall insulators. This highlights a relative abundance of such topological order of around 1%. The paper was published in Nano Letters.

Read MARVEL Highlights here.

News

Prof. Clemence Corminboeuf interviewed for "100 Women and Thousands More" project

Professor Clémence Corminboeuf, head of the Laboratory for Computational Molecular Design at EPFL and part of MARVEL’s Executive Committee, has been interviewed as part of  “100 Women and Thousands More,” a campaign aiming to show young people – especially girls – the wide range of exciting paths taken by women living in French- and Italian-speaking Switzerland and neighboring France. Most of the women interviewed completed training or pursued careers in fields considered “male” and such career choices are often seen as exceptions to the norm. The multi-partner campaign aims to do away with this misconception by providing role models and challenging prevailing stereotypes.  

NCCR MARVEL’s Luisier part of ETH team awarded 2019 ACM Gordon Bell prize

The team—made up of Mathieu Luisier, a professor in the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at ETHZ and group leader in MARVEL Design & Discovery Project 3, Alexandros Nikolaos Ziogas, Tal Ben-Nun, Timo Schneider and Torsten Hoefler from ETH’s Scalable Parallel Computing Laboratory and as well as Guillermo Indalecio Fernández from ETH’s Integrated Systems Laboratory—was awarded the prize for developing a simulation that maps heat in transistors. The new DaCe OMEN framework may help industry design better, more efficient computer chips.  

MARVEL director Marzari again recognized on Highly Cited Researchers list

NCCR MARVEL director Nicola Marzari has once again been named to the Web of Science Group’s annual list of Highly Cited Researchers. Now in its sixth year, the citation analysis identifies influential researchers as determined by their peers around the globe.

EPFL activities for girls and boys

Equal opportunity activities for young girls and boys at EPFL in 2020

MARVEL and EPFL's Science Outreach Department are pleased to announce three equal opportunity initiatives targeting girls and boys 7 to 13 years old. One science workshop on materials and two camps on materials and chemistry supported by MARVEL will take place at EPFL in 2020. Registrations are open and fill up quickly.

MARVEL Junior Seminar

MARVEL Junior Seminar — December 2019

Dec 06, 2019, from 12:15 until 13:30, EPFL, MED 0 1418

Welcome to the 29th MARVEL Junior Seminar on Friday December 6, 2019, 12:15 pm, EPFL, room MED 0 1418. Kristians Cernevics (C3MP, EPFL) and Olga Syzgantseva (LSMO, EPFL) will present their research. The seminar will be chaired by Markus Stricker.

Save the date!

[CANCELED] — Ig Nobel Award Tour Show 2020

Mar 30, 2020, from 18:00 until 20:00, EPFL, Forum Rolex

Due to event restrictions linked to the coronavirus, the Ig Nobel Award Tour Show 2020 at EPFL is canceled, which we greatly regret.

Psi-k conference

Aug 22, 2022, 13:00 until Aug 25, 2022, 18:00, SwissTech Convention Center, EPFL

IMPORTANT NOTICE: After first postponing the Psi-k 2020 conference to 2021, we have decided that it would still not be possible to host a successful event in person that year. Rather than hold the conference online, we feel strongly that it is worth waiting a little bit longer in order to be able to meet safely in person, as originally planned.Therefore, we now announce that the conference will be postponed by another year, to August 22-25, 2022, preserving the same format and symposia.Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to meeting you in 2022!Note: the Volker Heine Young Investigator Award ceremony will be held at a separate event in September 2021.

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