In the last two decades, the Nanosciences have been established and have turned into one, if not the most important multidisciplinary topic in Natural Sciences. This becomes evident when considering the Nobel Prices granted in recent years to Nanosciences. There is a clear focus on miniaturization of functional structures which implies bridging length scales from micrometers (one thousands of a millimeter) to a few nanometers (one millionth of a millimeter). For the systems operating in the nanoscale, the correct description of quantum effects is vital as classical physics fails. Crucial phenomena of physics, chemistry and in biosciences take place on the nanoscale, thus being interdisciplinary by themselves. Not only the experimental characterization is important, but also the theoretical and methodological description of the phenomena which occur within these dimensions is challenging. Furthermore, the accurate description of interfaces (solid-liquid, liquid-gaseous and solid-gaseous) is essential, as they define the interactions and transitions of small to large particles.
With the Doctoral Academy NanoGraz, we intend to strengthen interdisciplinary endeavors in this field of research, connect the involved institutes thus creating a common base of knowledge and thinking.