International Nanotribology Forum
NANOSIKKIM-III: Mechanics and Friction at the Nanoscale

10–14 November 2008, Norbu Ghang Resort, Pelling, Sikkim, INDIA

Travel information
Organizing committee



Ernst Meyer
Nic Spencer
Roger Horn
Nitya Nand Gosvami
Suzanne Giasson
Teresa Cuberes

Since the year 2000, the International Nanotribology Forum (INF) has been instrumental in organizing a series of successful meetings, bringing together leading experts in the field of nanotribology and nanomechanics. This meeting was held at the Norbu Ghang Resort in Pelling, West Sikkim, India. In addition to the underlying theme of nanoscale friction, the meeting offered related perspectives on soft-interfaces, biomechanics, single molecule force microscopy, atomistic modelling and solid state dissipation. The meeting provided an excellent opportunity for practitioners to discuss state of the art developments and applications with international experts in an informal setting. Tucked away in the eastern Himalayas, the venue offers spectacular views of Mt. Kanchenjunga with ample opportunities for trekking and viewing the great outdoors.

Topics for NanoSikkimIII: physiochemical characterization of surfaces; cell mechanics; single molecule force experiments; soft interfaces; self-assembled monolayers; atomistic and continuum modelling; fundametals of friction; and solid-state dissipation processes.

Our list of invited speakers included:
Roland Bennewitz, McGill University, Canada
Henry Bock, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
Hermann Gaub, University of Munich, Germany
Andrew Gellman, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Suzanne Giasson, Universite de Montreal, Canada
Michael Grunze, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Anand Jagota, Lehigh University, USA
Uzi Landman, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Graham Leggett, University of Sheffield, UK
Prabal Maiti, Indian Institute of Science, India
Lawrence Marks, Northwestern University, USA
Jean Michel Martin, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France
Ernst Meyer, University of Basel, Switzerland
Reinhard Pippan, University of Leoben, Austria
G.V. Shivashankar, National Centre for Biological Sciences, India
Hugh Spikes, Imperial College London, UK

This year's INF meeting also featured a dissemination session for one of the European Science Foundation's EUROCORES Programmes: Friction and Adhesion in Nanomechanical Systems (FANAS).