Mach-5: Molecular Machinery: Making, Measuring, Modeling
Plön, Germany, September 11 - 14, 2022

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Confirmed Participants

  • Ben Feringa (Groningen)
  • Fayaz Ali (Sydney)
  • Vincenzo Balzani (Bologna)
  • Massimo Baroncini (Bologna)
  • Jon Beves (Sydney)
  • Guillaume de Bo (Manchester)
  • Alberto Credi (Bologna)
  • Stefano Crespi (Uppsala)
  • Miriam Colaço (Caparica)
  • Stefano Corra (Bologna)
  • Massimiliano Curcio (Bologna)
  • Mathias Dowds (Copenhagen)
  • Oliver Dumele (Berlin)
  • Víctor García-López (Baton Rouge)
  • Jessica Groppi (Bologna)
  • Manuel Gruber (Duisburg)
  • Jiri Kaleta (Prague)
  • Michael Kathan (Berlin)
  • Franco Leung King-chi (Hong Kong)
  • Simon Krause (Stuttgart)
  • Matthew Langton (Oxford)
  • Michael Lerch (Groningen)
  • Gabor London (Budapest)
  • Mohit Kumar (New York)
  • Katsuya Mutoh (Kanagawa)
  • Cristian Pezzato (Lausanne)
  • Zbigniew Pianowski (Karlsruhe)
  • Daisy Pooler (Groningen)
  • Hai Qian (Urbana-Champaign)
  • Da-Hui Qu (Shanghai)
  • Giulio Raggazon (Strasbourg)
  • Alexander Ryabchun (Twente)
  • Yoshimitsu Sagara (Tokyo)
  • Bernd Schmidt (Düsseldorf)
  • Lee Semin (Baton Rouge)
  • Jinyu Sheng (Groningen)
  • Nadja Simeth (Göttingen)
  • Juliane Simmchen (Dresden)
  • Johannes Teichert (Chemnitz)
  • Andreas Vargas Jentzsch (Strasbourg)
  • Olalla Vazquez (Marburg)
  • Qi Zhang (Groningen)
  • Depeng Zhao (Guangdong)


Mach-5 (Molecular Machinery: Modelling, Making, Measuring) 2022 in Plön/Germany is the first event of a biannual conference series.

Topics: The event targets scientists who are active in the field of molecular machines and their components (motors, switches, rotors, actuators …). As in the macroscopic world, specific functions (directed motion, pumping, sensing, assembly, information storage, processing…) arise from coupling to an energy source or trigger (light, redox, concentration gradient, electric, magnetic fields …) and their interaction with the environment (solution, surface, polymers, biological systems …).

Contributions within the 3M (modelling, making and measuring) of these systems are welcome.

Who: The event is devoted to the promotion of young scientists, who define as being early in their career after the PhD, but before a tenured position. 80-120 participants are considered an appropriate size of the event.

Format: Only young scientists present their results in oral contributions with ample room for discussion. Senior scientists are welcome as chairs, tutorial presentations and in panel discussions. Several new formats should become the distinguishing feature of the event: 1. Intro talks (presentations of the research program by young starting group leaders), 2. Idea pitches (short advertisements of a project idea by postdocs or group leaders), 3. Vision statements (reflection on general problems, prospects and emerging areas by established senior scientists), 4. Beyond science (few selected contributions on cultural aspects, i.e. arts & sciences, possibly science politics etc.). Ideally, “ordinary” talks should be avoided. All of these presentations should be kept brief, max. 20 min including discussion. Every participant should present!

Financial resources: Prof. Fraser Stoddart contributes 25 K€ to support the first meeting. Further support comes from Alberto Credi as well as the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). A registration fee of ~600 € will cover accommodation and meals.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Plön

Warm regards and best wishes

Rainer Herges
Chairman of the Local Organizing Commitee

Mach-5 is kindly supported by: