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Solvay Workshop on "Directional Nucleation and Growth of Molecular Crystals"

Brussels, 26 - 28 November 2014

ULB - Campus Plaine - Solvay Room

Directional crystallization is defined as the controlled crystallization in one specific direction that can be induced, for example: by a heat flux, a magnetic or electric field, a flat or a patterned substrate, or a mesophase. Directional crystallization implies that systems are out of equilibrium and that they are controlled by kinetics. Molecular crystals are of particular interest because they tend to form low symmetry crystals with typically monoclinic or triclinic unit cells. New physics such as, for example, the unit cell alignment versus a heat flux, emerge from the low symmetry. The workshop will bring together world experts of non-equilibrium thermodynamics, kinetics, crystal growth, polymers, and molecular crystals.

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Organizing Committee

Yannick De Decker (ULB, Belgium)

Anne De Wit (ULB, Belgium)

Yves Geerts (ULB, Belgium)

Roberto Lazzaroni (U. de Mons, Belgium)

Simone Napolitano (ULB, Belgium)

Scientific Committee

Davide Bonifazi (U. de Namur, Belgium)

Philippe Leclère (U. de Mons, Belgium)

Bernard Nysten (UCL, Belgium)


Aram Amassian (KAUST, Saudi Arabia)

Fernando Bresme (Imperial College London, UK)

Alex Briseno (U. of Massachussets, USA)

Basab Chattopadhyay (IACS, India)

Gérard Coquerel (U. de Rouen, France)

Gabin Gbabode (U. de Rouen, France)

Jun-ichi Hanna (Tokyo Tech, Japan)

Dieter Herlach (DLR, Germany)

Alain Jonas (UCL, Belgium)

Bart Kahr (New York U., USA)

Rafal Klajn (Weizmann I. of Sciences, Israel)

Jim Lutsko (ULB, Belgium)

Christian Maes (KULeuven, Belgium)

Dominique Maes (VUB, Belgium)

Grégoire Nicolis (ULB, Belgium)

Günther Reiter (U. of Freiburg, Germany)

Roland Resel (Technical U. of Graz, Austria)

Paolo Samori (U. de Strasbourg, France)

Guillaume Schweicher (ULB, Belgium)

Natalie Stingelin-Stuzmann (Imperial College London, UK)

Peter Vekilov (U. of Houston, USA)

Stéphane Veesler (CNRS Marseille, France)

Lian Yu (U. of Wisconsin, USA)

Practical Information for registrants


There is no registration fee. (Except for those who wish to attend the banquet, there will be a 50 Euro banquet fee to be paid cash on the first day of the workshop).

Poster session

A poster session will be organized, poster presentation from registrants is strongly encouraged. A title and a short abstract (10 lines) of the proposed contribution should be sent in a Word document format to Dominique Bogaerts by email at, before November 17.


A banquet will be held on Thursday 27 November at 7.30 p.m.


The workshop will be held at ULB - Campus Plaine - Solvay Room Campus Plaine, Building N.O. (5th Floor).

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Metro line 5 (direction "Hermann Debroux") - Station "Delta".

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For any problem, please contact Dominique Bogaerts (


Hotel reservations must be made directly by the registrants.

Hotels that we often use for our visitors are Hôtel Astrid, Hôtel Atlas and Hôtel Opéra