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Newsletter - November 7, 2019

Dear MARVEL friends,

I am very sorry to report that Alexey Soluyanov passed away on Oct 26, in St. Petersburg. Alexey was a wonderful human being, and a bright and dedicated colleague, and we will miss him tremendously.
At this time our thoughts are with his family, and all who knew and loved him; our only consolation is that his remarkable scientific contributions will continue to inspire our entire community for years to come.
You can read on some of his fascinating work here, for the Nature 2015 prediction of Type II Dirac fermions well before experiments could confirm them, or here, for the 2019 Science prediction of novel 1D topological phases. More on his life and work is also on the website of the University of Zurich.

We'll miss you very much, Alexey; and thanks a lot for all that you have given us.

Nicola Marzari

Obituary

Alexey Soluyanov's research will continue to inspire MARVEL community

I am very sorry to report that Alexey Soluyanov passed away on Oct 26, in St. Petersburg. Alexey was a wonderful human being, and a bright and dedicated colleague, and we will miss him tremendously.At this time our thoughts are with his family, and all who knew and loved him; our only consolation is that his remarkable scientific contributions will continue to inspire our entire community for years to come.You can read on some of his fascinating work here, for the Nature 2015 prediction of Type II Dirac fermions well before experiments could confirm them, or here, for the 2019 Science prediction of novel 1D topological phases. More on his life and work is also on the website of the University of Zurich.We'll miss you very much, Alexey; and thanks a lot for all that you have given us.Nicola Marzari

Highlights

MARVEL Sector Days give industry a chance to help shape research

Research should be driven by societal issues—we need to pursue what is urgent and needed for the community at large. Just as the NCCR MARVEL seeks the guidance and expertise of a scientific advisory board in developing lines of research, we also seek insight from industry. 

MARVEL researchers, partners present work on materials for energy at Materials Science Day

NCCR MARVEL and CCMX, the Competence Centre for Materials Science and Technology, hosted their third annual Materials Science Day on October 8 to present both experimental and modeling approaches to the development of innovative new materials. The event, meant to highlight cutting-edge research and give people a chance to network, drew more than 60 people from industry and academia.

Read MARVEL Highlights here.

News

MARVEL presents research activities at EPFL’s Journée Thématique in Porrentruy

EPFL organizes thematic days that allow high school students to discover various research domains within their own four walls. NCCR MARVEL was represented by Lidia Favre-Quattropani, scientific manager, Antimo Marrazzo, a PhD student in the group of Prof. Nicola Marzari, and Emilie Vuille-dit-Bille, a master’s student in the section of Materials Science and Engineering, at the most recent event, held at the Lycée cantonal de Porrentruy on 30 October 2019.   

MARVEL Junior Seminar

MARVEL Junior Seminar — November 2019

Nov 08, 2019, from 12:15 until 13:30, EPFL, MED 0 1418

Welcome to the 28th MARVEL Junior Seminar on Friday November 8, 2019, 12:15 pm, EPFL, room MED 0 1418. Markus Stricker (LAMMM, EPFL) and Stefano Falletta (CSEA, EPFL) will present their research. The seminar will be chaired by Giuliana Materzanini.

Upcoming event: Giulia Galli lecture

MARVEL Distinguished Lecture / EPFL campus lecture — Giulia Galli

Nov 13, 2019, from 16:15 until 17:15, EPFL, Forum Rolex

The 19th NCCR MARVEL Distinguished Lecture – also an EPFL campus lecture – will be given by Prof. Giulia Galli, University of Chicago, with whom we will be "Marveling at materials through in-silico lenses".

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.

Job openings

MARVEL Junior Seminar — October 2021

Oct 08, 2021, from 14:00 until 15:15, Zoom

The MARVEL Junior Seminar series is continuing in videoconferencing mode. We are therefore pleased to propose the 44th MARVEL Junior Seminar: Tommaso Chiarotti (EPFL) and Tomáš Bzdušek (University of Zurich) will present their research.

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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