International Nanotribology Forum:
Chiang Rai, Thailand 2020

Atomic/Molecular Insights into Tribological Processes

in memoriam Jacob Israelachvili

13th - 17th January, 2020

Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort


Following the highly successful nanotribology meetings in 2000 and 2003 in Bali, 2001, 2004, and 2008
in Sikkim, India 2007 and 2011 in Hoi An, Vietnam, 2014 in Kerala, India, and 2018 in Goa, India, the International Nanotribology Forum (INF) is organizing another meeting in this series in Chiang Rai, Thailand from 13-17 January, 2020.

Topics of the workshop will include:

Molecular understanding of tribocorrosion
Lubricating with polymers
Multiscale modeling in tribology
Understanding friction laws
New techniques in nanotribology

The workshop will consist of invited and submitted lectures and poster presentations, with extensive opportunities for discussion. As before, a number of scholarships will be available for students and young scientists, especially those from developing countries.

Last year, we lost Prof. Jacob Israelachvili, a great supporter of INF and a participant in many INF meetings. He will be greatly missed by many in the INF community. In Chiang Rai we will be remembering him with a special symposium that will include talks by two of his closest collaborators.

Registration and abstract submission will begin in summer, 2019

Jacob Israelachvili (center) en route to the 2001 Sikkim Nanotribology meeting

Blue Temple

The meeting will take place in the Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort, located in the historic city of Chiang Rai, Thailand. The meeting location is only 8 km from Chiang Rai Airport, which is served by several dozen daily flights from Bangkok, as well as a number of international flights. January is an excellent month for visiting Chiang Rai. Temperatures average around 20°C (69°F), with an average of 8 hours of sunshine per day.

The city is 860 kilometres (530 mi) north of Bangkok, about 200 kilometres (120 mi) north-east of Chiang Mai, 62 kilometres (39 mi) south of Mae Sai and the Burmese border; 60 kilometres (37 mi) south-west of the town of Chiang Saen on the Mekong River across from Laos; and 90 kilometres (56 mi) north of Phayao town. The Golden Triangle, the tripoint of the Thailand, Laos and Myanmar borders, is 55 kilometres (34 mi) north-east of the city.

The city was founded by King Mangrai in 1262 and became the capital of the Mangrai Dynasty. Subsequently, Chiang Rai was conquered by Burma and remained under Burmese rule for several hundred years. It was not until 1786 that Chiang Rai became a Chiang Mai vassal. Siam (Thailand) annexed Chiang Mai in 1899, and Chiang Rai was proclaimed a province of Thailand in 1933. (Wikipedia)

Invited Speakers

Prof. Eddy Tysoe, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA
Prof. Prathima Nalam, State University of New York, Buffalo, USA
Dr. Kathy Wahl, US. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC, USA
Prof. Roger Horn (retd.) Deakin University, Australia
Prof. Tonya Kuhl, University of California, Davis, USA
Dr. Andrea Arcifa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland
Prof. Astrid de Wijn, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Prof. Lars Pastewka, University of Freiburg, Germany

Organizing Committee

Prof. Nicholas D. Spencer, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Dr. Juliette Cayer-Barrioz, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France
Prof. Vikram Jayaram, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Prof. Ganapathy Ayappa, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Prof. Satish Kailas, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Prof. Numpon Mahayotsanun, Khon Kaen University, Thailand (Local Organizer)

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