Following the previous very successful edition of the conference, held in Riva del Garda, Italy, the 13th International Conference on the Structure of Non-Crystalline Materials (NCM13) will be held July 24-29, 2016, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.


The NCM Conference is devoted to investigation of the structure and dynamics of non-crystalline materials. Main subjects of the Conference will include, but are not limited, to the following:


  • Structural modeling and theoretical aspects of glasses and melts
  • Short- and medium-range order in glasses and melts (spectroscopy, diffraction, new experimental structural approaches)
  • Nucleation and crystallization processes
  • Nano-crystalline materials
  • Sol-gels and heterogeneous systems
  • Nanostructural and microstructural features
  • Structural properties of glass surfaces
  • Structural evolution under forcing conditions: high pressure, irradiation, photo-structural changes, polyamorphism and reversibility windows; glass to melt transformations
  • Structure/property relationships
  • Dynamical properties
  • Relaxation phenomena


  • Inorganic glasses such as oxides, chalcogenides, oxynitride glasses and melts
  • Metallic glasses
  • Geological glasses, polymer glasses , bioglasses
  • New glass-forming systems
  • Amorphous systems, quasicrystals and others
  • Nanostructures in glasses and crystals

Experimental and numerical methods

  • Scattering methods (x-ray, neutron, light)
  • Solid-state spectroscopic methods (x-ray absorption spectroscopy, NMR, vibrational spectroscopy methods, ion scattering spectroscopy, and others)
  • Experiments at extreme conditions (new possibilites using Large Scale Facilities)
  • Influence of materials preparation (thermal history, crystal amorphization, etc.)
  • Microscopy (electron, near-field, surface investigations and so forth)
  • Modeling including structural modeling, atomistic modeling, and ab initio approches.

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