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EPJ ST Special Issue on "Scale-Bridging Techniques in Molecular Simulation: A Critical Appraisal"

Multiscale and multiphysics methodologies have become an integral part of molecular modeling and simulation, and have been applied to various real-world problems that would have been out of reach without scale-bridging techniques. Techniques for systematically reducing the number of degrees of freedom to the essential ones, for coupling different levels of resolution, for exploring in an efficient way the conformational space, for exploring different time scales in a unitary scheme, are few examples of ideas employed to bridge scales in molecular simulation.

Such methods are physically relatively well-founded, and mathematically justified for particular cases, but are often difficult to apply to any realistic system. The focus of the special issue will be a critical discussion of some of the most popular methodologies in the field, that involve either multiple scales (in space and time) or heterogeneous coupling between different models (e.g. discrete and continuum models). Despite their merits, there is no systematic account of conceptual deficits or computational limitations, a gap to be filled by this special issue.

Beyond these considerations we also expect that the critical discussion will offer new research directions and stimulate exactly those collaborations among practitioners and theorists that are needed to tackle current challenges in molecular simulation.

This special issue addresses all researchers with a background in physics, mathematics and chemistry, interested in the use and development of molecular simulation and modeling tools that involve multiple physical models, a hierarchy of scales or multiple physical phenomena that occur simultaneously. A particularly important aspect of the proposed multidisciplinary project is to avoid addressing "success stories" of a particular method or its applications, but rather to frankly and critically discuss limitations of methods and open problems.

Call for papers: We would like to cordially invite further authors to submit their original research papers for this special issue along the lines described above. An extended description of the critical aspects/open problems of the methods presented will be a stringent criterion of pre-selection of papers to be sent to referees.

Guest Editors: Luigi Delle Site and Carsten Hartmann, Institute for Mathematics Free University Berlin

Submission Deadline: 31 October 2014

For any queries please contact Luigi Delle Site, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
EPJ B: Topical Issue on “Silicon and Silicon-related Materials for Thermoelectricity”
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Over the last years interest in thermoelectricity for microharvesting or for prospective large-scale conversion of heat into electric power has reignited. This was mostly due to the tremendous impact of nanotechnology onto the conversion rate achievable by thermoelectric generators, which rose by almost a factor of three over the last decade. New classes of thermoelectric materials have appeared - while old materials have come back into focus. Nanowires and nanolayers, along with multilayered structures, have imparted to many well-known materials new improved characteristics. As performance has remarkably enhanced, much attention is now dedicated to selecting materials and technologies that could be scaled up and brought to bulk production. On this avenue, geo-abundance and low material costs are key issues.

This Special Issue will be devoted to the most important advances in Silicon, SiGe alloys, and silicides. It will feature some mini-review papers and selected research contributions, spanning from theoretical and experimental research on nanostructured materials to the technology enabling implementation of silicon and silicon-related materials in actual thermoelectric generators.

Guest Editor:

Dario Narducci University of Milano Bicocca, Dept. of Materials Science, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Deadline for submission: September 1, 2014

Submission is now open. Contributions should be submitted to the Editorial Office of EPJ B https://articlestatus.edpsciences.org/is/epjb (or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Submissions should be clearly identified as intended for the topical issue “Silicon and Silicon-related Materials for Thermoelectricity” (use the pull down menu).

If you experience any difficulties with the submission process or for further details and information, please contact the editorial office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
EPJ Quantum Technology: Thematic Series on Quantum Sensing: Measurement at the Quantum-Nano-Bio Interface
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Sensors that use quantum effects can enable greater sensitivity and/or resolution than would be possible with conventional sensors. Recently there have been innovative proposals for quantum sensors for biological and biomolecular applications. New kinds of magnetometry and magnetic resonance spectroscopy have been proposed and demonstrated that provide a combination of high spatial resolution and sensitivity. Optical probes using the properties of single molecules and/or single photon interference are also under development. The discovery of the enhanced energy transport due to the strong coupling between electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom in light harvesting complexes have demonstrated the power of novel time tested spectroscopic tools for uncovering quantum effects in biology. As the expanding spatio-temporal limits of nanotechnology push device operation well into the quantum regime new forms of sensing will continue to emerge. Authors are cordially invited to submit original research papers that address experimental and theoretical investigations into quantum enabled sensors and transducers with particular application to biological and biomolecular systems.

Topics of interest: Topics of interest for this thematic series include but are not limited to the following:

  • Quantum sensors based on the nitrogen-vacancy in diamond
  • Quantum dot/plasmonic sensors
  • Molecular based sensors
  • Quantum optical imaging
  • Quantum photonic force microscopy
  • Molecular scale MRI
  • Magnetic force sensing and quantum opto-mechanics

Submission Instructions: Before submission, authors should carefully read over the Instructions for Authors, which are located at http://www. epjquantumtechnology.com/authors/instructions. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the SpringerOpen submission system at http://www. epjquantumtechnology.com/manuscript according to the submission schedule. They should choose the correct Thematic Series in the “sections” box upon submitting. In addition, they should specify the manuscript as a submission to the “Thematic Series on Quantum Sensing” in the cover letter. All submissions will undergo initial screening by the Guest Editors for fit to the theme of the Thematic Series and prospects for successfully negotiating the review process.

Manuscripts due: 1 September 2014 – 31 December 2014.

Lead Guest Editor:
Prof Lloyd Hollenberg, ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Guest Editors:
Prof Jeremy O'Brien, Director, Centre for Quantum Photonics, University of Bristol, H.H. Wills Physics Laboratory, Tyndall Avenue, BRISTOL BS8 1TL, UK, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Prof Gerard Milburn (Editor-in-Chief), Centre for Engineered Quantum Systems, The University of Queensland, Australia,
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EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation: Thematic Series on Raman Spectroscopies: Techniques and Applications
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Submissions are invited to a Thematic Series that will be devoted to new techniques and novel instrumentation in Raman spectroscopies and their application across a broad range of subjects, from materials science to biology and biomedicine.

The goal is to provide an overview of the state-of-the art and to highlight recent developments in the field of Raman spectroscopic techniques, which are making significant impact as characterization tools and are enhancing our understanding of structural aspects, both in time and space resolutions, across a wide range of disciplines and applications.

In line with the primary scope of EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation, this thematic series focuses on the design, implementation and application of new techniques, laboratory and system-specific custom instrumentation and diagnostics, innovative experimental methods and refinements, and novel analytical methods, in the following areas:

  • General Raman and resonance Raman spectroscopy techniques
  • Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)
  • Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy (SORS)
  • Nonlinear spectroscopy and imaging (CARS, FSRS, etc.)
  • Near-field Raman (TERS and single molecule, etc.)
  • Time-resolved spectroscopy, including nonlinear
  • Terahertz (low frequency) Raman
  • X-Ray Raman
  • Raman optical activity
  • Raman Microscopy (including Polarised Raman Microscopy)
  • Theoretical development and computation
  • Data analysis methods
  • Biological and biomedical applications (including pharmaceuticals)
  • Applications to materials including nanomaterials, graphene and solid state
  • Applications in forensic science, art and archaeology and the detection of materials.

Submission guideline: Before submission, authors should carefully read over the Instructions for Authors, which are located at http://www.epjtechniquesandinstrumentation.com/authors/instructions. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the SpringerOpen submission system at http://www.epjtechniquesandinstrumentation.com/ according to the submission schedule. They should choose the correct Thematic Series in the “sections” box upon submitting. In addition, they should specify the manuscript as a submission to the “Thematic Series Raman Spectroscopies: Techniques and Applications” in the cover letter. All submissions will undergo initial screening by the Guest Editors for fit to the theme of the Thematic Series and prospects for successfully negotiating the review process.

Submission schedule: Manuscript due end of October 2014.

Lead Guest Editor:
Prof Tony Parker, Central Laser Facility, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK
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Guest Editors:
Prof Siva Umapathy, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
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Dr Ioan Notingher (Editorial Board Member), University of Nottingham, UK
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