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Passing of Thomas Pruschke

Earlier this year, a dear friend and colleague and outstanding scientist, Thomas Pruschke, passed away from cancer.

Thomas helped to ignite the revolution in combining electronic structure calculations with quantum many body theory embodies in the “dynamical mean field theory”.  He will be sorely missed. 

This is an excellent memorial statement on Thomas from Dieter Vollhardt, Frithjof Anders, and Stefan Kehrein


Posted by Daniel Cox on December 09 2016 in (0) Comments

QuantEmX ICAM-EPIQS Awards

Announcing the new QuantEmX ICAM-EPIQS Awards, sponsored by the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation.  This is a joint program of Exchange Scientist Research Awards between ICAM and the Gordon Moore EPIQS Program.



Posted by Denise on July 12 2016 in (0) Comments

Itinerant Frustration Workshop Successful

The successful ICAM workshop, Itinerant Frustration, took place at Trinity College, Cambridge University from July 20-22, 2015. Thirty-three participants were involved in the 3-day meeting aimed at stimulating focused discussions between theorists and experimentalists through overview presentations, short topical seminars and chaired discussion time. The overview talks were given by C. Batista, C. Broholm, Z. Hiroi and Y. Motome, on topics including phenomenology and theoretical modelling in heavy fermion and Anderson/Kondo lattice systems, anomalous Hall physics, materials, phenomenology, and experimental techniques, and frustrated magnetism with mobile defects.

The meeting was able to successfully bring together two communities, working on electron systems and on frustrated magnetism, in order to explore the rich interface provided by materials where both phenomena are simultaneously present. Several discussions leading into small groups took place during the meeting, which several potential avenues for research collaboration were explored. This is a young and burgeG. Chen, Torontooning field, and the meeting helped define key questions and challenges that will need to be addressed.
A website for the event can be found here: http://www.tcm.phy.cam.ac.uk/awgif/ Workshop Group Photo
Coffee break

Posted by jessiekaur on August 03 2015 in (0) Comments

ARPA-E Announces $60M in Funding Opportunities for Disruptive Energy Technologies

ARPA-E Announces $60M in Funding Opportunities for Disruptive Energy Technologies

Two New Programs Aim to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Thermoelectric Power Plants and to Increase the Yield from Renewable Energy Crops

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is announcing two new programs to provide technology options for a more secure and sustainable American energy future. The Advanced Research In Dry cooling (ARID) program aims to develop low-cost, highly efficient and scalable dry-cooling technologies for thermoelectric power plants. The Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture (TERRA) program seeks to rapidly accelerate biomass yield gains through automated, predictive and systems-level approaches to biofuel crop breeding.

“These new programs highlight ARPA-E’s commitment to transformational energy innovation,” said ARPA-E Acting Director Dr. Cheryl Martin. “We are excited to bring together these technology and business communities to catalyze the disruptive technology options necessary to address the nation’s top energy challenges.”

Advanced Research In Dry cooling (ARID)

ARPA-E’s ARID program will focus on new power plant cooling technologies that could significantly improve the overall energy efficiency of thermoelectric power plants by enabling high thermal-to-electric energy conversion efficiency with zero net water dissipation into the atmosphere. ARPA-E is making up to $30 million available to assist ARID project teams in developing innovative, ultra-high-performance air-cooled heat exchangers, supplemental cooling systems and cool-storage systems that can cost-effectively and efficiently reject waste heat. Projects will be expected to demonstrate kilowatt-scale prototype testing of cooling technologies to ensure projects can be scaled up to megawatt cooling capacity without significant performance loss.

The majority of the electricity generated in the U.S. today is produced by steam-driven turbine generators that rely on cooling systems, which use water to dissipate waste heat. Dry-cooling systems—which use air to cool and transfer waste heat—are an appealing and potentially transformational alternative. To date, significant technical and market challenges have hindered the widespread use of dry-cooling technologies. Some of these challenges are lower heat-transfer performance and operational control, as well as prohibitively high costs due to system size and maintenance. ARID project teams will work to overcome these key barriers to adoption.

Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture (TERRA)

ARPA-E’s TERRA program seeks to develop technologies that can increase the precision, accuracy and throughput of energy crop breeding to enable predictive algorithms for plant growth, more detailed measurements of plant physiology and more sophisticated bioinformatics for gene discovery and trait association. ARPA-E is making up to $30 million available for the TERRA program to develop automated, predictive and systems-level approaches to enable the quick and easy identification of traits that can be leveraged to increase biomass yield through accelerated breeding cycles.

Increasing the nation’s capacity to produce better bioenergy crops will help to alleviate many of the challenges presently faced by current biofuel feedstock. Biofuels may serve as a promising alternative to fossil fuels—especially for the transportation sector. They are a sustainable energy source, can be grown in the U.S. and have the potential to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Recent technological advancements have made it possible to extract large volumes of data from a variety of crops; however, even with these resources the data cannot yet be processed into the knowledge needed to predict performance in the field. Increased information and analytics could improve crop yields to help lower the cost of biofuel production.

For more information on these new ARPA-E funding opportunities, please visit: https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/#FoaIdfba1c006-c1b0-4f5d-8522-3f814a217edd.

A webinar explaining the ARPA-E funding and application process is available to assist potential applicants: http://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=video-arpa-e-university/arpa-e-university-arpa-e-funding-process.


The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy catalyzes the advancement of transformational energy technologies to enhance the economic and energy security of the U.S. by investing in high-potential, high-impact energy projects that are too early for the private sector. Launched in 2009, ARPA-E explores uncharted territories of energy technology to generate options for entirely new paths to create, store and use energy. Learn more at http://www.arpa-e.energy.gov

Posted by jessiekaur on October 01 2014 in (0) Comments

Building Virtual Communities for the Institute of Complex Adaptive Matter

Dr. Daniel Cox, professor of physics at UC Davis, oversees a large NSF contract to coordinate the web presence and activities of the Institute of Complex Adaptive Matter (ICAM). One of the primary objectives of Cox’s work is make research accessible to the academic community and to people who are interested in complex adaptive matter.
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Posted by Tom on September 20 2012 in (0) Comments

From ICAMP 2012 in Boulder, CO - Photovoltaics are no longer an outlier!

Dr. Larry Kazmerski of NREL explains why photovoltaics are now a leading source of renewable energy

Posted by Daniel Cox on July 18 2012 in (0) Comments

Superconductvity Flash Mob

Check out our Superconductivity Flash Mob from emergentuniverse.org!


Posted by Denise on April 25 2011 in (0) Comments

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

We are deeply saddened by the tragic earthquake and tsunami affecting Japan last week, and the resulting damage to the nuclear power reactors at Fukushima.  For members of the ICAM community interested in pursuing detailed information about the problems at the reactors, we recommend the links

http://mitnse.com/ from the MIT Nuclear Engineering Department


http://allthingsnuclear.org/tagged/by_David_Wright  from the Union of Concerned Scientists.


Posted by Denise on March 16 2011 in (0) Comments

7th International Conference on Biological Physics (ICBP)

7th International Conference on Biological Physics (ICBP), to be held in La Jolla, California June 2011.


Posted by Denise on September 24 2010 in (0) Comments

Robert Endres - Opinion Piece on Funding for Biological Physics

Opinion Piece by Robert Endres, an ICAM alumnus, Making an impact in biology

Posted by Denise on September 23 2010 in (0) Comments


We welcome applications for scientists on the new ICAM/I2CAM GPU cluster!

The ICAM/I2CAM GPU Cluster “Strider” is now available for interested scientists to use for code development or molecular dynamics applications. There are also some parallel CPU nodes available for utilization.  For further information and a link to apply to use the GPU resources, please visit http://icam-i2cam.org/index.php/research/icam_gpu/

We have OpenMM software for both implicit solvent and all atom molecular dynamics, and CUDA for developing codes in areas such as quantum Monte Carlo for interacting bosons, or micromagnetics. 

Our preliminary runs with OpenMM software have been encouraging-for example, a medium sized protein (order 50 residues) was simulated at 50 nanoseconds with explicit solvent for 20 different temperatures - the time was 15 hours.  The time on conventional processors would be at least an order of magnitude longer.

Posted by Daniel Cox on July 30 2010 in (0) Comments

Webcast links for ICAM Annual Conference Jan 11-13, 2010

click here http://www.icam-i2cam.org/?page_id=570

Posted by Denise on January 13 2010 in (0) Comments

Live and Archived Webcasts on Resistive Switching & Memristors

Go to this page for viewing live webcasts and archived (as they become available) webcasts of the ICAM exploratory workshop on Reisitive Switching & Memristors held in Davis CA Jan. 8-10 2010.

Posted by Denise on January 12 2010 in (0) Comments

Biannual Metro-Gotham Condensed Matter Meeting Nov 2009

To view a webinar from the previous November 21, 2009 workshop.

Gotham Webinar Nov 21 2009

Posted by Denise on November 01 2009 in (0) Comments

XIV Training Course in the Physics of Strongly Correlated Systems

International Institute for Advanced Scientific Studies (IIASS)
Vietri sul Mare (Salerno), Italy

October 5 - 16, 2009

Posted by Denise on October 01 2009 in (0) Comments

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A Quarterly Newsletter of the Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter


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