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Jülich Soft Matter Days 2011

Gustav-Stresemann-Institut, Bonn, Germany

15-18 November 2011




Soft Matter Science has emerged as an independent and interdisciplinary research field bringing together scientists from condensed matter physics, chemistry and biology. The systems investigated in this field include colloidal dispersions, polymer-solutions, -mixtures and -melts, block copolymers, binary and ternary amphiphilic systems (microemulsions), membranes, vesicles and biological macromolecules. While many of these systems have already been investigated for a long period of time, onIy recently their common features and interactions have come into focus.

These highIy complex materials are characterized by structural units with typical length scales ranging from nanometers to micrometers. The experimental and theoretical investigations as well as the understanding of the properties of these materials poses enormous challenges due to their high complexity, the large number of cooperative degrees of freedom, and the large range of relevant length, time and energy scales.

Therefore, we are organizing an annual workshop, the

Jülich Soft Matter Days

on the physics and chemistry of mesoscopically structured systems. We hope that this workshop will provide a forum to share and discuss the latest advances for all active researchers in this field.

In this meeting taking place in the vicinity of Jülich from 15 to 18 November 2011 we intend to focus on:

  • Biosystems
  • Colloids
  • Polymers
  • Self Assembly


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Preliminary Program Jülich

Tuesday, November 15
18.00-21.00 hRegistration/Welcome Buffet
Wednesday, November 16
8.00 h Registration (continued)
8.55 h Opening

Session : Biosystems I

9.00 hA. Baskaran, Brandeis University, USA
Collective dynamics of active matter: From cytoskeleton to migrating cell layers
9.30 hT. Powers (Brown University, Rhode Island, USA)
Mechanics of swimming microorganisms
10.00 hM. Abkarian (Université Montpellier/CNRS, France)
Fast elastic egress of malaria parasites from red blood cells
10.30 hP. Nassoy (Institut Curie/CNRS, Paris, France)
Growth of cellular spheroids confined in soft capsules
11.00 hCoffee/Tea Break

Session : Colloids I

11.20 hM. Solomon (University of Michigan, USA)
Field-assisted assembly of anisotropic colloids
11.50 hH. Löwen (Universität Düsseldorf, Germany)
Colloids in external fields: From passive to active particles
12.20 hU. Jonas (FORTH, Heraklion, Crete, Greece)
Building hierarchical structures with soft matter
12.50 hB. Frisken (Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada)
Competition between phase separation and crystallization in a colloid-polymer mixture
13.10 hLunch

Session : Polymers I

14.30 hR. Larson (University of Michigan, USA)
Relaxation in entangled polymers with long branches
15.30 hD. Morse (University of Minnesota, USA)
Correlations in block copolymers: Toward a systematic coarse-grained theory beyond the random phase approximation (RPA)
16.00 hK. Saalwächter (Martin-Luther Universität, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany)
NMR-based molecular rheology of entangled polymers in bulk and in nanoscopic confinement
16.30 hR. Colby (PennState University, USA)
Designing ionomers for facile ion transport
16:50 hPoster Session I & Coffee/Tea Break
19.00 hDinner
Thursday, November 17

Session : Self Assembly I

8.30 hJ. Klein (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel)
Self-assembly of lyposomes in 2D: Exploring the hydration-lubrication paradigm
9.00 hF. Bresme (London Imperial College, United Kingdom)
Structure and stability of Newton black films
9.30 hJ.-B. Fournier (Université Paris/CNRS, France)
Specific and universal effects in membranes
10.00 h

R. van Roij (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

Harvesting blue energy from mixing river- and sea water

10.20 hCoffee/Tea Break

Session : Colloids II

11.00 hS. Herminghaus (MPI Göttingen, Germany)
Dynamics of active emulsions
11.30 hM. Ballauff (HZB Berlin, Germany)
Rheology of concentrated suspensions and the glass transition: Non-stationary experiments
12.00 hP. Lang (Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany)
Near wall dynamics in colloidal suspensions studied by evanescent wave dynamic light scattering
12.30 hJ. Jose (Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Buckling, loading and overloading of monodisperse elastic microcapsules
12.50 hW. Richtering (RWTH Aachen, Germany)
Are responsive Mickering emulsions special?
13.10 hLunch
14.30 hPoster session II & Coffee/Tea Break

Session : Biosystems II

16.30 hB. Caswell (Brown University, Rhode Island, USA)
Dissipative particle dynamics modeling of blood suspensions flowing in small tubes
17.00 hD. Luo (Cornell University, Ithaca, USA)
Engineering DNA as a true polymer for real-world applications
17.30 hJ. Elgeti (Institut Curie/CNRS, Paris, France)
Tissue simulations
18.00 hM. Cieplak (Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw,Poland)
Mechanostability of proteins and virus capsids
18.30 hA. Kröger (MPI Mainz, Germany)
Endocytic internalization of nanoparticles intopolymeric vesicles
19.30 hConference Dinner
Friday, November 18

Session : Polymers II

8.30 hP. Green (University of Michigan, USA)
Tailoring the structure and properties of chain end-tethered nanoparticles in polymer thin films
9.00 hA. Arbe (Universidad del Pais Vasco, San Sebastián, Spain)
Structure and dynamics in concentrated polymer/water mixtures
9.30 hK. Nusser (Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany)
The dynamics of linear polymers in the presence of non-attractive nanoparticles
10.00 hF. Tanaka (Kyoto University, Japan)
Cooperative hydration and LCST phase separation of temperature-sensitive water-soluble polymers
10.20 hCoffee/Tea Break

Session : Self Assembly II

11.00 hS. Sprunt (Kent State University, USA)
Short-range structure and properties of nematic liquid crystals formed by reduced symmetry molecules
11.30 hM. Evans (Friedrich-Alexander Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)
From three-dimensional weavings to swollen corneocytes
11.50 hM. Cohen Stuart (Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands)
Self-assembly driven by electrostatic attraction
12.20 hC. De Michele (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)
Self-assembly of DNA duplexes into polymer chains: Theory, simulations and experiments
12.40 hM. Zeghal (Université Paris Sud/CNRS, France)
Complexes of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes, including DNA
13.00 hClosing
13.15 hLunch
14.30 hDeparture

Additional Information


SoftMatter2011.pngThe presence of nanoparticles induces a confinement of the chain dynamics in polymer nanocomposites.
Source: Courtesy K. Nusser, Forschungszentrum Jülich, ICS-1, JCNS