SanD PhD student attends ACCMS-8 @ Taipei

SanD PhD student Alexandra Santos-Putungan attended the 8th Conference of the Asian Consortium on Computational Materials Science (ACCMS-8) held at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST), Taipei last 16-18 June 2015. In this conference computational physicists, chemists, and material scientists discussed the latest developments in the field of computational materials science and tracked progress in its various applications in biotechnology, chemical catalysis, spintronics, electron transport, and energy production and control. In the conference poster session, Alex presented her research on the structural changes and magnetization enhancement due to the introduction of Co atoms in ZnO using density functional theory. 

Quantum Phenomena and Condensed Matter Physics Workshop

SanD faculty, graduate students, and student interns from the University of Northern Philippines participated in the first Workshop on Theories in Quantum Phenomena and Condensed Matter Physics at the University of the Philippines Los Baños last 22-23 April 2015. The workshop was organized by the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics and was attended by scientists and students from ADMU, DLSU, MSU-IIT, and UP. Several lectures on condensed matter theory, computational materials physics, and quantum information were delivered by invited physicists and scientific discussions continued in the open forum and during the excursion to the nearby Mount Makiling Forest Reserve. SanD students were also given the opportunity to give short talks on their current research topics.

SanD student participates in JENESYS 2.0 Exchange Programme

Undergraduate SanD member Christopher Patrick Elegado participated in the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS 2.0) Exchange Programme from 2 to 10 March 2015. Christoper's group, which also included other NIP students, represented the Science and Technology contingent and is the 24th batch of JENESYS participants. The programme hosts brought the group to several university campuses, cultural and industrial sites within the Kantō region of Japan to share with them the many aspects of Japanese education, science, and technology. The participants also stayed with host families to further immerse themselves in Japanese culture and traditions. The programme culminated with a workshop, reporting sessions, and a cultural presentation and farewell party.

SanD grad student attends Non-equilibrium Quantum Physics Workshop @ Stellenbosch

SanD graduate student Francis Bayocboc, Jr. attended the Workshop on Quantum Many-Body Systems Far from Equilibrium held at the National Institute for Theoretical Physics of the Wallenberg Research Centre in Stellenbosch, South Africa last 9-13 March 2015. The workshop consisted of several lectures by leading physicists who investigate the non-equilibrium behavior of isolated quantum systems, with ample opportunities for scientific exchanges between attendees. In the poster session Francis reported his theoretical results on the statistics of work done on quenched Heisenberg magnets.

SanD student is 2015 BPI-DOST Science Awards Finalist

SanD member Xavier Puspus has been selected as one of the eight finalists for the 2015 BPI-DOST Science Awards. His project Quantum Entanglement in a Low-Temperature Superconducting State was shortlisted in the national finals from a pool of 29 projects from ten BPI-DOST partner universities. In the awarding ceremony held at The Mind Museum last 12 March 2015, the Best Project of the Year distinction was awarded to Christian John Capirig (ADDU) who evaluated potential biological control agents against the banana-inflicting Panama disease. The runners-up are Raiza Imperial (UPD) who developed a single-step fabrication process for a superhydrophobic coating, and Alron Jan Lam (DLSU) who developed a smartphone-based indoor navigation algorithm.

International Year of Light 2015

In celebration of the International Year of Light (IYL2015), the National Institute of Physics held a symposium at the NIP Intel Center for Science Innovation auditorium last 9 and 16 March 2015. Speakers and presentors for IlumiNASYON: International Year of Light 2015 came from diverse fields of expertise such as visual and performance arts, film, history, architecture, molecular biology, and physics. SanD faculty Francis Paraan delivered a popular talk on photon entanglement and quantum teleportation.

IlumiNASYON was convened by 2004 International Commission for Optics Gallileo Galilei Awardee Prof. Caesar Saloma.

 IYL 2015 Pilipinas

SanD members attend ICCP9 Conference @ Singapore

SanD PhD candidates Carlos Baldo III and Neris Ilano, SanD alumna Chrysline Margus Piñol, and SanD scientist Cristine Villagonzalo attended the 9th International Conference on Computational Physics (ICCP9) held at the National University of Singapore last 7-11 January 2015. The conference consisted of plenary lectures, mini-symposia, and a poster session. In the parallel session for Multiscale Modeling and Simulations, Chrysline (Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics at UPLB) delivered a presentation on A Stochastic Approach to Particle Diffusion in a Porous Medium (co-authored with Alvin Karlo Tapia). Carlos gave a talk on his PhD research on spin transport in curved wires in the presence of Rashba and Dresselhaus interactions. Finally, Neris participated in the poster session with a research poster on the effects of varying parameters in simulations of Grover's quantum search algorithm.

Noche Buena Project 2014

The Noche Buena Project is one of the components of the Start Again Project, which began as a volunteer effort to rebuild communities after typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. In 2014, Noche Buena volunteers distributed 1500 care packages to ten communities around Leyte. Members of SanD have raised funds during their annual year-end party for several of these care packages. SanD aims to continuously extend its support to the efforts of NIP alumna Kat, who has been leading the Start Again Project since 2013.