second circular

diffusion-fundamentals Diffusion Fundamentals Conference
Second Circular

Diffusion Fundamentals I

Basic Principles of Theory, Experiment and Application
September 22nd - 24th, 2005

150 years after Adolf Fick's and 100 years after Albert Einstein's fundamental papers on diffusion in "Poggendorffs Annalen der Physik und Chemie" and “Annalen der Physik”, respectively, the world-wide community of researchers in the field of diffusion is invited to Leipzig, the place of publication of these papers, to highlight the current developments in the field. Diffusion-Fundamentals I is co-organized by the Universities of Leipzig and Hannover, Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig, Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, Deutsche Bunsengesellschaft für Physikalische Chemie, Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker and DECHEMA.

The scientific programme includes invited plenary talks, covering those topics of diffusion theory, experiment and application, which are in the focus of current research, as well as poster presentations about all diffusion-related subjects. The talks will address a broad, interdisciplinary audience rather than only the specialists in the different fields.

Preliminary Programme

Wednesday, September 21st

15.30Opening Registration Desk
18.00Welcome party (water, beer, wine, sandwiches)

Thursday, September 22nd

Chair: Jacques Fraissard (Paris)
8.30 - 9.15Jean Philibert (Paris): One and a Half Century of Diffusion: Fick, Einstein, and some Figures before and after
9.15 - 10.00Yossi Klafter (Tel Aviv): From Diffusion to Anomalous Diffusion: A Century after Einstein‘s Brownian Motion

10.00 - 10.30

Coffee break

Chair: Heiner Kaden (Meinsberg)
10.30 - 11.15William S. Price (Sydney): Solution Dynamics and Self-Organization
11.15 - 12.00Alfred Leipertz (Erlangen): Diffusion Measurements in Fluids by Dynamic Light Scattering

12.00 - 13.00

Lunch break

13.00 - 14.00

Poster Presentations (Topics related to Lectures of Thursday morning)

Chair: Armin Bunde (Gießen)
14.00 - 14.45Gero Vogl (Wien): Analogies in Diffusion of Atoms, Animals, Men and Ideas
14.45 - 15.30Shlomo Havlin (Ramat Gan): Anomalous Transport in Complex Networks
15.30 - 16.15Gunter Schütz (Jülich): Single-File Diffusion far from Equilibrium

16.15 - 16.45

Coffee break

Chair: Harry Pfeifer (Leipzig)
16.45 - 17.30Doros Theodorou (Athens): Molecular Simulation Studies of Diffusion in Zeolites and Amorphous Polymers
17.30 - 18.15Paul Callaghan (Wellington): How two Pairs of Magnetic Field Gradient Pulses Give Access to New Information about Molecular Dynamics


Conference Dinner (organized as an informal get-together in the cellar rooms of the “Moritz-Bastei”, an old fortification in Leipzig’s former city wall). Dinner Speaker: Jürgen Caro (Hannover)

Friday, September 23rd

Chair: Josef Käs (Leipzig)
8.30 - 9.15George H. Weiss (Bethesda): Diffusion of Photons in Human Tissues
9.15 - 10.00Jacques Prost (Paris): Molecular Motors

10.00 - 10.30

Coffee break

Chair: Dezsö L. Beke (Debrecen)
10.30 - 11.15Ilpo Vatullainen (Helsinki): How Molecules Dance in Lipid Membranes
11.15 - 12.00David G. Norris (Nijmegen): Diffusion imaging of the brain: technical considerations and practical applications

12.00 - 13.00

Lunch break

13.00 - 15.00

Poster Presentations (Topics related to the Lectures of Thursday afternoon and Friday morning) and coffee break

Chair: Helmut Mehrer (Münster)
15.00 - 15.45Alan Chadwick (Canterbury) : Diffusion in Nanocrystals
15.45 - 16.30Graeme E. Murch (Newcastle): Phenomenological Coefficients in Solid-State Diffusion
16.30 - 17.15Paul Heitjans (Hannover): Solid-State Diffusion and NMR

18.00 - 19.00

Mottete des Thomanerchores (Concert in St.Thomas Church with the famous Leipzig boys’ choir)


get-together in the restaurant Bayerischer Bahnhof

Saturday, September 24th
8.30 - 9.30Poster Presentations (Topics related to the Lectures of Friday afternoon and Saturday morning) and coffee break

Chair: Freek Kapteijn (Delft)
9.30 - 10.15Marc-Olivier Coppens (Delft): Effects of Pore Heterogeneity on Diffusion in Nanopores
10.15 - 11.00Jörg Kärger (Leipzig): Molecular Diffusion under Confinement
11.00 - 11.45Douglas M. Ruthven (Orono): Technological Impacts of Diffusion in Nanopores
11.45 - 12.00Conclusion

Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences, Linnéstraße 5, 04103 Leipzig in 15 min-walking distance to the centre.

Fees and payment
The conference will be performed as a low-cost conference benefiting from a comprehensive use of the Internet and an electronic mail system for information exchange and operational purposes. A total of the conference contributions will be published only electronically, as a special volume of the Online-Journal located at the website This online publication will accomplish the Conference Volume including the plenary talks and poster abstracts submitted before the 30th of April, 2005 (see below for details).
The participation fee for early registration (till June 30th, 2005) is 185,- Euro, for late registration and cash payers it is 220,- Euro. Please note, that only cash payment can be accepted during the Conference (no credit cards). For early payment, please fill out the registration form.
The conference fee comprises the Conference Volume, beverages and meals during the conference and the social programme, including a Welcome Party on Wednesday, September 21st (the evening before the conference), the informal Conference Dinner in the “Moritz-Bastei” (an old fortification in Leipzig's former city wall) and an attendance of the “Mottete des Thomanerchores” (Concert in St. Thomas Church, Johann Sebastian Bach's place of activity over a quarter of a century, with the famous Leipzig boys' choir) with a subsequent get-together in the restaurant of the historical railway station "Bayerischer Bahnhof".
The price for accompanying persons is 60,- Euro, including all three evening events and the attendance of the “Mottete” in the St. Thomas Church.

Former Alexander von Humboldt awardees are encouraged to ask for travelling support within the Follow-Up Programme of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (E-mail address:

Researchers from Central and Eastern Europe or CIS Countries may be funded by DFG (maintenance allowance, travel allowance and/or allowance towards the conference fee). Please see the original DFG guidelines and get in contact with the Local Organizing Committee if you want us to apply for this type of support on your behalf.

In addition, participation in sightseeing tours through Leipzig or to a few remarkable places near Leipzig will be arranged depending on your request. Please, indicate on your registration form, on which trip(s) you want to participate and transfer the money for it/them together with the conference fee till June 30th, 2005.

Saturday afternoon
(1) City of Leipzig: guided tour through the center of Leipzig; 5,- Euro; click here for detailed information
(2) Visit of the German Library (DDB), Russian Church and (optional) the Monument dedicated to the "Battle of the Nations" 1813 in the south of Leipzig (close to the conference location); 5,- Euro; click here for detailed information
(3) bus trip to Wilhelm-Ostwald Memorial Großbothen and Leipzig's "New Zealand"; 20,- Euro; click here for detailed information

(1) Meißen (birthplace of European porcelain) and Dresden (old residence of Saxony), click here for detailed information; deadline extended: further registrations are welcome until August 12th.

Following this link you can find some hotels, which are close to the city and the conference facilities (locations are indicated in the map). For booking, please use the codeword “Diffusion” to benefit from special conditions for conference participants.

On individual request some rooms in a students hostel are available for a limited number of persons. The price for five nights is 100,- Euro including bed linen and end-cleaning. Due to administrative reasons and in view of the limited number of reserved rooms, please contact us as soon as possible, if you want to stay there.

Contributions to the Conference Volume
Plenary speakers and sessions' chairmen are requested to submit their contributions as full papers of about 20 pages before April 30th 2005, following the instructions given under

Authors who would like to have their contributions included into the Conference Volume are requested to send their two-pages abstracts via the Internet before April 30th, 2005. Later submissions can only be presented in the special volume of the Online-Journal. Please, follow the format as given under since only in this case the contribution may be included in the Conference Volume and/or the Online-Journal and send your abstract to

Important Dates 2005

April 30th Submission of full papers (for plenary speakers and chairmen) and poster
contributions to the conference volume
June 30thRegistration deadline
July 31stFinal circular, deadline for submission of poster contributions (to be published
in the Diffusion-Fundamentals Online-Journal)
September 15thRegistration with late dues
September 22nd - 24thDiffusion Fundamentals I

Conference Chairmen: Jörg Kärger, Leipzig; Paul Heitjans, Hannover

Local Organizing Committee: Tomas Binder, Christian Chmelik

form available under
We will send you a confirmation of your registration via Email after receiving your fee on our bank account.

A poster announcing the conference may be found under: (low quality, pdf, 0.4MB) or (high quality, ppt, 6.8MB).

admin: Tomas Binder