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Jülich Soft Matter Days 2014

11-14 November 2014

Seminaris Hotel, Bad Honnef, Germany

Scope and Topics

New challenges and applications using Soft Matter Science are emerging. For example, active particle suspensions have properties unknown to complex fluids in equilibrium; nano and microfluidic devices allow the study of minute samples, sometimes on the single molecule level; soft materials provide new solutions for energy and medical applications, as well as for nanotechnology.

Therefore, in this years meeting, which will take place in the vicinity of Jülich from 13 to 16 November 2012, we intend to focus on:

  • Biopolymers
  • Biosystems
  • Colloids
  • Functional Polymers
  • Polymer Nanocomposites
  • Microswimmers

Important Dates

13 June 2014Submission of Abstracts and Notification
30 June 2014Notification of acceptance and start of final registration
September 20142nd Announcement
12 September 2014Deadline for final Registration
11-14 November 2014 Jülich Soft Matter Days

Tuesday, November 11
18.00 –
21.00 h
Registration/Welcome Buffet
Wednesday, November 12
8.00 h -
8:50 h
Registration (continued)
 Session: Biosystems I
9.00 hG. Coupier (University of Grenoble & CNRS, France)
An experimental approach to blood flows: lift, diffusion and clustering
9.30 hJ. Rädler (LMU, München, Germany) Soft matter micro-patterns for single-cell analysis of gene expression, cell fate decisions and cell migration
10.00 hT. Le Goff (University Lyon, France)
Adhesion of Lipid Membranes in Confined Environment
10.20 h

M. Zackrisson Oskolkova (Lund University)

Electrostatically-Induced Patchy Attractions Between Proteins

10.40 hCoffee/Tea Break

Session: Colloids I

11.20 h
11.50 hR. Seemann (Universität des Saarlandes u. MPI Göttingen, Germany)
Dynamic reorganizations of droplet arrangements
12.20 hL. Bocquet (Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, France)
Strange fluid transport inside a single nanotube
12.50 hJ. van der Gucht (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
Ordering of particles on curved interfaces by capillary interactions
13.10 hLunch

Session: Biosystems I

14.30 hC.K. Poon (University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
Bacteria as active colloids
15.00 hB. Fabry (Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)
Cell migration in confined porous environments
15.30 hG. Fuller (Stanford University, USA)
Response of endothelial cells to stagnation point flows
16.00 hM. Noro (Unilever, Bebington, United Kingdom)
Self-consistent field theory for the interaction between keratin intermediate filaments
16.20 hA. Heuer (Westf. Wilhems-Universität Münster, Germany)
Raft formation in a multicomponent membrane: insight from coarse grained and microscopic simulations
16.40 hPoster session I & Coffee/Tea Break
19.00 hDinner
Thursday, November 15

Session: Soft Matter & Energy

8.30 hR.C. Agrawal (Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur, India)
Nano-Composite Polymer Electrolytes (NCPE’s): Novel Energy Materials for All- Solid-State Batteries
9.00 hA.L. Frischknecht (Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, USA)
Simulation of Ionic Aggregation and Dynamics in Ion-Containing Polymers
9.30 hJ. Thijssen (University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
Particle-stabilized bi-liquid foams for energy-storage applications
9.50 hH.-P. Hsu (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany)
Effect of stiffness on the adsorption transition of single semiflexible polymer chains attached to a flat surface
10.10 hCoffee/Tea Break

Session: Complex Fluids I

11.00 hJ. Bergenholtz (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Colloidal interactions involving low-refractive-index particles in polar solvent mixtures
11.30 hT. Hellweg (Universität Bielefeld, Germany)
Diffusion of proteins inside bicontinuous microelmulsions: A model system to simulate "controlled" crowding
12.00 hO. Holderer (Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany)
Accelerated membrane dynamics adjacent to a flat interface
12.30 hP. Lettinga (Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany)
Frustrating colloidal rods
13.00 hV. Steinberg (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel)
Amplification of thermal noise by vesicle dynamics
13.20 hLunch
14.30 hPoster session II & Coffee/Tea Break

Session: Soft Nanotechnology

16.30 hJ. Howse (The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)
Colloidal nanoswimmers
17.00 hCh. Weder (Adolphe Merkle Institut, Universitaet Fribourg, Switzerland)
Mechanically adaptive polymer nanocomposites
17.30 hJ. Dobnikar (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
Collective ordering of micro- and nanoparticles in grafted polymer layers
18.00 hG. Baeza ( Laboratoire Charles Coulomb, Montpellier, France)
Crossroads between structure and mechanics in nanocomposites styrene-butadien-rubber / silica for tire applications
18.20 hJ. de Folter (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
Generic, thermoreversible assembly of colloids in microtubes
19.30 hConference Dinner
Friday, November 16

Session: Biosystems II / Soft Matter Medical

8.30 hJ. F. Joanny (Institut Curie, Paris, France)
Mechanics and instabilities of growing tissues
9.00 hD. Fedosov (Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany)
Blood rheology and blood flow in microvessels
9.30 hD. Danino (Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
Insight from Cryo-EM into Self-Assembly, Dynamics and Nanostructure of Soft Matter
10.00 hA. Denkova (Technical University Delft, The Netherlands)
Polymersomes as nano-carriers in nuclear medicine
10.20 hS. Zakharchenko (Leibniz-Institut f. Polymerforschung Dresdene.V., Germany)
Hierarchically self-assembled hydrogel-based materials with aligned pores for tissue engineering scaffolds
10.40 hCoffee/Tea Break

Session: Complex Fluids II

11.30 hM. Sano (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Nonequilibrium fluctuation and dynamics of active colloids
12.00 hK. Kremer (Max-Planck-Institut f. Polymerforschung, Mainz, Germany)
Topological constraints matter: Elastomers, collapsed polymer globules, chromosome territories
12.30 hG. Barkema (Instituut-Lorentz for Theoretical Physics, Leiden, The Netherlands)
Long-time dynamics simulations of polymers
13.00 hJ. Vermant (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)
Extensional rheometry at interfaces
13.20 hF. Lehmkühler (DESY Hamburg, Germany)
Detecting local order beyond pair correlations in hard-sphere systems
13.40 hClosing
13.50 hLunch
14.30 hDeparture


Additional Information




Workshop Secretary

Marie Göcking 


Tel: +49 2461 61-2292

Fax: +49 2461 61-8192 


Email: jsmdays@fz-juelich.de