Workshop on "Real and Virtual Architectures of Molecules and Crystals"
Topologically and chemically unprecendented spherical-icosahedral capsules containing 20 pores and channels and a cavity, allow encapsulation of topologically and chemically unusual matter under confined conditions. This includes the generation and observation of unusual structures, e.g. of water with and without electrolytes and of other materials. Icosahedral water clusters can be generated - formally built up from Platonic and Archimedean solids showing the Golden Section - including the famous dodecahedron which stimulated Linus Pauling to new ideas. Furtheron, toplogically interesting tilings of the sphere due to the abundance of pores are possible.
To summarize: New interesting challenges for discrete geometry arise from recent progress in chemistry, and it is the intention of the workshop to focus these challenges jointly, from the point of view of chemistry and that of mathematics.