Modelling nanostructures symposium

The Symposium "Modelling Nanostructures" is organized to celebrate and honor Professor Philippe Lambin, in recognition of the many contributions he made to the field of nanoscience over the past four decades.

Professor philippe lambin - An outstanding scientific career

As a young soon-to-be retiree from the University of Namur, and in addition to his many commitments in the service of the university and the scientific community, Philippe has had tremendous influence on a number of researchers thanks to his patient teaching, his unique approach to the training of young researchers, and his thirst to place theory/experiment collaborations at the forefront of scientific enquiry.

After completing undergraduate studies in Engineering, Philippe graduated with a PhD in Physics from the University of Liege in 1981 as a research fellow of Belgium-FNRS. 

He completed a postdoctoral appointment at IBM Research Laboratory in San Jose, California before joining the University of Namur where he completed his entire career as lead researcher, for more than 35 years.

During that time, he made a number of key contributions to a field that was not yet known, at the beginning of his career, as “nanoscience”. 

The many Honors and Awards he received acknowledge his seminal and pioneering contributions to a number of scientific endeavors.

Those fields include

  • Vibrational and structural properties of carbon nanotubes and graphene (theory)
  • Electrodynamics of nano-structured materials

  • Electronic structure of solids (tight-binding method, linear-muffin-tin orbitals)

  • Propagation of elastic waves in phonic crystals
  • Surface dynamics and surface electrodynamics applied to spectroscopic techniques
  • Dielectric properties of multi-layered materials.


Philippe’s impact on nanoscience is hard to overstate and traditional metrics (such as an h-index of 53, his 304 peer-reviewed publications, and more than 10,000 total citations) do not even start to do justice to how he shaped the current state of nanoscience research all over the world.

The symposium - 31 Jan & 1 FEb 2019 - University of Namur

In this symposium, collaborators, former students, colleagues, and friends will gather to share their current views on the status of the field of nanoscience, and, in particular, on how theoretical modelling and computational science have enabled the understanding of nanostructured materials and the development of nanotechnology.

The focus will be on the many fields in which Philippe contributed.

It will also be an opportunity to position Philippe’s influence in the greater context of current knowledge, as well as to offer a unique perspective on Philippe's legacy to science at the University of Namur and beyond.

The programme...

Invited speakers...

The scientific and organizing committees...


A tribute to professor philippe lambin

Philippe Lambin

The scientific committee
  • Jean-Christophe Charlier (UCL, Belgium)
  • Luc Henrard (UNamur, Belgium)
  • Philippe Lambin (UNamur, Belgium)
  • Amand Lucas (UNamur, Belgium)
  • Vincent Meunier (RPI, USA)
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