Jyväskylä, Finland

The Science of Atomic Clusters

when 8 August 2016 - 12 August 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC

Atomic clusters, with sizes from a few to thousands of atoms, represent a fascinating cross-disciplinary field of research on the border between chemistry, physics and materials science. Clusters can be formed from virtually any element in the Periodic Table and are most often characterized according to the types of bonding being covalent, metallic or van der Waals. Because of their finite size, clusters often show properties that are markedly different with the corresponding bulk property. Illustrative examples are the discoveries of electronic shell closings for metallic clusters and C60 for carbon clusters. Thanks to novel properties, nano-structuring in the form of clusters open up new routes for materials design. This course will give an introduction to atomic clusters, describe common methods used to investigate clusters experimentally and theoretically, and highlight present and future applications.

The course will:
• Introduce the field of clusters
• Discuss different types of clusters
• Describe methods used in cluster research
• Describe chemical and physical properties of clusters
• Discuss present challenges within cluster research
• Discuss technical applications of clusters

Course leader

Lecturers: Prof. Henrik Grönbeck (Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Applied Physics, Sweden) and Prof. Hannu Häkkinen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)

Coordinator: Academy Professor Hannu Häkkinen (University of Jyvaskyla)

Target group

The course is suited for graduate or last year under-graduate students.

The Summer School annually offers courses for advanced master’s students, graduate students, and post-docs in the various fields of science and information technology.

Course aim

The most important aims of the Summer School are to develop post-graduates scientific readiness and to offer students the possibility to study in a modern, scientific environment and to create connections to the international science community. The Summer School offers an excellent pathway to develop international collaboration in post-graduate research.

Credits info

3 EC
Passing: Obligatory attendance at lectures and homework.

Grading: Pass/fail

Fee info

EUR 0: Participating the Summer School is free of charge, but student have to cover the costs of own travel, accommodation and meals at Jyväskylä.


The 26th Jyväskylä Summer School is not able to grant any Summer School students financial support.