The objectives of the mesoscale science workshop are: (1) to bring together the scientific community to Identify forefront research directions and opportunities for mesoscale science, and (2) to forge new partnerships and enhance existing collaborations among the scientific community in the field of mesoscale science. The the proceedings, findings, and recommendations of the workshop will be submitted for publication in the peer-reviewed literature as a review of the field of mesoscale science.
The BESAC report "From Quanta to the Continuum: Opportunities for Mesoscale Science" identifies six (6) Priority Research Directions (PRDs) for mesoscale science. Three (3) PRDs most directly overlap with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's interests, capabilities and competencies:
As a result, the workshop will focus on the above topics. Moreover, an underlying theme of the workshop will be the control and tailoring of interfaces towards targeted functionality and enhanced performance.
The proposed structure of the workshop follows the general format used for the BES "Basic Research Needs" workshops .
Following a series of plenary and invited presentation, the workshop participants will break out into four (4) panels approximately aligned with the three topics indicated above:
The responsibilities of the panelists will be to present a perspective with a view towards the future (e.g., not a retrospective of accomplishments in their respective field of expertise), including: challenges and opportunities, research directions, knowledge gaps, scientific approach and methods, impact, and cross-cutting capabilities.
The break-out panel topics will include a discussion and integration of cross-cutting capabilities: