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Dates: July 27, 2011 to July 29, 2011

Place: CECAM-USI, Lugano, Switzerland


The purpose of this workshop is to bring together scientists from different backgrounds (simulation, theory and experiment) interested in the development of novel coarse-grained models to study the self-assembly processes in soft matter. In particular the discussion will be focused on the advantages and disadvantages of the different methodologies, and on the possibility of developing new methods that combine different computational approaches. Topics will range from "CG force field” development to simulations at the different relevant scales.
With this workshop we aim to answer the following striking questions that must be addressed to develop reliable computational methods to simulate self assembly mechanisms:
• How many details do we need to retain in our models to keep the appropriate physics and chemistry in the CG model?
• What general or particular forms of the intermolecular forces can describe the self assembly process and how can they be efficiently included in the CG models?
• How does the reduction of the degrees of freedom affect the dynamics of the self assembly mechanism?
• What are the optimal strategies for down-up (from atomistic simulation results) or top-down (from macroscopic experimental data) coarse-graining?
• How can we directly or indirectly describe the controlling variables for self-assembly (pH, temperature, pressure, solvents,concentration)
• Is it possible to investigate the disassembly mechanism?

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together scientists from different backgrounds (simulation, theory and experiment) interested in the development of novel coarse-grained models to study the self-assembly processes in soft matter. In particular the discussion will be focused on the advantages and disadvantages of the different methodologies, and on the possibility of developing new methods that combine different computational approaches. Topics will range from "CG force field” development to simulations at the different relevant scales.
With this workshop we aim to answer the following striking questions that must be addressed to develop reliable computational methods to simulate self assembly mechanisms:

• How many details do we need to retain in our models to keep the appropriate physics and chemistry in the CG model?
• What general or particular forms of the intermolecular forces can describe the self assembly process and how can they be efficiently included in the CG models?
• How does the reduction of the degrees of freedom affect the dynamics of the self assembly mechanism?
• What are the optimal strategies for down-up (from atomistic simulation results) or top-down (from macroscopic experimental data) coarse-graining?
• How can we directly or indirectly describe the controlling variables for self-assembly (pH, temperature, pressure, solvents,concentration)
• Is it possible to investigate the disassembly mechanism?


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