Aug 26 – 27, 2024
Paul Scherrer Institut
Europe/Zurich timezone

The main goal of the workshop on Tips and tricks for the crystal growth of inorganic materials is to bring together experts from the Solid State Chemistry and Condensed Matter Physics communities in order to discuss the accomplished progress and perspectives for future developments in the synthesis and crystal growth of materials with novel and interesting physical properties. The meeting proposes an exciting scientific program covering topics from the main growth techniques used to prepare crystals of inorganic materials to theoretical prediction work. The workshop will enable further discussions and collaborations between internationally leading specialists in crystal growth and condensed matter physics. Young researchers are highly encouraged to contribute to the field and to engage in discussions with the crystal growth experts present at the meeting.

Workshop format

The workshop will start Monday, August 26th, 2024 at 9 AM and end on Tuesday, August 27th, 2024, mid-afternoon. The program consists of invited and contributed oral presentations, as well as posters. The contributed oral presentations will be selected on the basis of the submitted abstracts.

Workshop location

The workshop will be held at the Paul Scherrer Institut, the largest research institute for natural and enigneering sciences in Switzerland, and home of the Swiss Light Source SLS, the free-electron X-ray laser SwissFEL, the SINQ neutron source, the SμS muon source and the Swiss research infrastructure for particle physics CHRISP.

Invited speakers (confirmed)

Topics and sessions

  • Crystal growth using the floating zone method (Keynote: Prof. Dr. Geetha Balakrishnan)
  • Crystal growth using the Czochralski and Bridgman methods (Keynote: Dr. Christo Guguschev and Dr. Karl Krämer)
  • Crystal growth using the chemical vapour transport method (Keynote: Prof. Dr. Anna Böhmer)
  • Crystal growth using the flux method (Keynote: Prof. Dr. Tomasz Klimczuk)
  • Synthesis and crystal growth in extreme conditions (Keynote: Dr. Pascal Puphal)
  • Perspectives on materials science: from prediction to realisation (Keynote: Prof. Dr. Nicola Marzari)


To submit your abstract, please use the template provided on this page above the Financial support section and upload it under Call for Abstracts. The deadline for submitting abstracts is Friday, May 31st, 2024. 


Registration opened on Wednesday, May 1st, 2024. The deadline for registration is Sunday, June 30th, 2024.

There are no registration fees to attend the workshop, however the participants are required to cover the accommodation and meal (lunch and dinner) expenses from their own budget. Registration and all other costs, e.g. coffee breaks and Apéro (during the Poster session), are covered through financial support received from PSI, MaNEP, SGK/SSCr, SGN/SSDN and Crystals.

The workshop is open to all researchers, engineers and students working on the topics listed above.

All participants must register.

Should you have any questions, please contact the organisers at

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