From Supercooled Liquids to Glasses: Current Challenges for Amorphous Materials (Aug. 7 - 18, 2017)

  • Published: 2017-07-10

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Aug 7-18,2017

Beijing, China

International Advisory Board

Mingwei Chen, < >, Johns Hopkins University

Corey O’Hern, <>, Yale University

Yue Wu, < >, University of North Carolina


Local Organizing Committee

Wei-hua Wang < >, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Ke Chen, < >, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Fangfu Ye, < >, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Maozhi Li, < >, Renmin University of China

Limei Xu, < >, Peking University



Amorphous materials are a large sub-set of condensed matters that have no obvious long range structural order. Condensed phases begin at the gas-liquid transition when the attraction between molecules becomes comparable to the thermodynamic temperature. Further cooling down of the liquids may result in crystallization or vitrification depending on the cooling rate. A comprehensive statistical description of the condensed matters is often complicated by the sheer number of interacting elements in those systems. So far, only crystalline solids are relatively well understood thanks to their clear structural symmetries. For both liquids and glasses, a general theoretical framework is still lacking. In particular, supercooled liquids and glasses are thermodynamically out of equilibrium, adding challenges to the current paradigm of condensed matter physics.


The puzzling questions surrounding supercooled liquids and glasses can be roughly divided into four categories: structures, thermodynamics, dynamics and application properties. Recently, it has become more and more clear that the challenges for amorphous materials are not confined to their individual categories, but are deeply intertwined at the most fundamental level. Therefore there is a need for integrating studies on structures, thermodynamics, dynamics and application properties of glasses, and for developing better connections between liquids and glasses. Through these efforts, we might be able to reach a new level of understanding of amorphous materials that will benefit both fundamental sciences and technological applications. The general objective of this program is to bring together the leading researchers in supercooled fluids and glasses across several disciplines, including physicists, chemists, and material scientists, to foster awareness and cross-disciplinary transfer of ideas in this rapidly evolving field.



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Week 1
Aug. 7 (Mon.)

Fu-Chun Zhang


Opening Session, Introduction to KITS Slides Video

Haibin Yu


Molecular dynamics simulations of dynamical mechanical spectroscopy in metallic glasses: linear and nonlinear responses Slides Video

Jeppe C. Dyre

Roskilde Univ.

Identifying the material time in physical aging Slides Video

Tianhui Zhang

Soochow Univ.

Continuous Structural evolution of nucleation in colloids Slides Video
Aug. 8 (Tue.)

Walter Kob

Univ. of Montpellier

Probing the properties of ideal glasses Slides Video

Zhaoping Lv


Unique glass-glass transition in Pd-based metallic glasses Slides Video

Yue Wu

Univ. of North Carolina

Non-Density Driven Liquid-Liquid Transition Slides Video
Aug. 9 (Wed.)

Mingwei Chen

Johns Hopkins Univ.

TBD Slides


Cai-Zhuang Wang

Ames National Lab

Local structure orders in metallic liquids and glasses and their influences on the dynamics of glass and phase selections Slides Video

Kang Chen

Soochow Univ.

Nonlinear Langevin Equation Theory and its application to colloidal polymer glass Slides Video

Jeppe C. Dyre

Roskilde Univ.

Systems with Hidden Scale Invariance: An overview of the isomorph theory. 



Aug. 10 (Thur.)

Lanhong Dai


Towards dilation in flow and fracture of metallic glasses Slides Video

Gang Wang

Shanghai Univ.

Discontinuous Deformation Behavior in Metallic Glasses Slides Video

Jie Zhang


Study of an athermal quasi-static plastic deformation in a 2D granular material Slides Video
Aug. 11 (Fri.)

Yujie Wang


Granular packing as model glass formers Slides Video

Limei Xu

Peking Univ.

Dynamic crossover and structure correlation Slides Video

Maozhi Li


five-fold local symmetry in metallic liquids and glasses Slides Video
Week 2
Aug. 14 (Mon.)

K. L. Ngai

Univ. of Pisa

TBD Slides Video

Rafi Blumenfeld

NUDT & Imperial College

Entropy in disordered particulate systems Slides Video

Ke Chen


Defects and structural order in colloidal glasses Slides Video
Aug. 15 (Tue.)

Yilong Han


Making glasses from crystals or vapors Slides Video

Yuren Wang


Glass transition in monolayers of colloidal ellipsoids Slides Video

Zexin Zhang

Soochow Univ.

Glassy Dynamics in Two-dimensional Melting Slides Video

Peter Harrowell

Univ. of Sydney

Fast Crystal Growth of Pure Metals from their Melts  Slides Video
Aug. 16 (Wed.)

Peter Harrowell

Univ. of Sydney

The Occurrence and Consequence of Constraint in Supercooled Liquids Slides Video

Bo Zhang


Inter-diffusion and self-diffusion in liquid Ce80Ni20 Slides Video

Xiaohua Zhang

Soochow Univ.

Glass Transition of Polymer in Nanochannels Slides Video

Peng Tan

Fudan Univ.

Complex Structures and Dynamics Resulted from Long-range Anisotropic Slides Video
Aug. 17 (Thur.)

Yanhui Liu


Discover better metals faster-A case study on metallic glasses Slides Video

Zhefang Zhang


Fracture mechanisms and strength theory of metallic glasses Slides Video

Corey O’Hern

Yale Univ.

Mechanical properties of glasses: Rearrangement statistics and measures of Ductility Slides Video

Pengfei Guan


A Link between Structural Relaxation and Dynamic Heterogeneity in Glass-Forming Liquids Slides Video
Aug. 18 (Fri.)

Xunli Wang


Cluster connectivity and medium range order Slides Video

Nicolas Giovambattiste


Understanding Water Polymorphism using the Potential Energy Landscape Approach Slides Video

Zhenwei Wu

Peking Univ.

Local connectivity modulates multi-scale relaxation dynamics in a metallic glass-forming system Slides Video

Wei-hua Wang


Closing remarks Slides Video