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NIC Excellence Project May 2017

The NIC Peer Review Board regularly awards the title "NIC Excellence Project" to outstanding simulation projects. At its April meeting, the board decided to honour Prof. Peter Nielaba (University of Konstanz) for his project "Numerical Investigations of Structures and Phases in (Nano-) Systems in Confined Geometry". The project, which has been granted computing time on JURECA, deals with the thermal conductance of nanostructures and colloidal systems. Results of the project were recently published in Science. This publication reveals that thermal conductance in such systems can be quantized even at room temperature and, furthermore, it explains the fundamental relation between thermal and electrical conductance, see
(Contact: Dr. Alexander Trautmann,

JSC News No. 250, 7 June 2017









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