The formation of naturally occurring patterns in systems as apparently disparate as sand dunes, catalytic reactants, fluid and polymer mixtures, the hides of animals, and the large scale structure of the Universe fascinates both scientists and laymen alike. Although there has been considerable effort devoted to the development of a unifying mathematical framework which explains pattern formation in these – and many other – systems, there remain very many unanswered questions. Moreover, there is considerable scope for the exploitation of far-from-equilibrium patterns and non-linear processes in the structuring of matter across an extremely wide range of length scales. For example, it is only very recently that self-organised pattern formation has been pursued (largely by a number of the groups comprising the proposed RTN) as a simple and low cost method of preparing well-defined nanostructured surfaces. The RTN we propose brings together a critical mass of internationally leading researchers working on various aspects of pattern formation, self-organisation, and complexity theory to provide an intellectually stimulating and highly interdisciplinary research environment for training of early stage-and experienced researchers. Due to the intrinsic universality of the research topic, training will be provided in an exceptionally broad array of experimental and theoretical techniques at the core of important sub-fields including nanoscience, surface- and interface science, catalysis, granular systems, and self-organized criticality. While the fundamental physics, chemistry, and mathematics underlying pattern formation forms an overarching network research theme, of tantamount importance is the development of strategies to exploit out-of-equilibrium pattern formation in the fabrication of novel nanostructures.
Field of science
- /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
- /natural sciences/mathematics/pure mathematics/discrete mathematics/graph theory
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