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Mechanical Forces in Biology 2017

 

The Mechanical Forces in Biology symposium, which takes place at EMBL Heidelberg from 12-15 July, aims to unite the field of mechanobiology, by bringing together world-leading experts in the generation and sensing of forces from the molecular scale to the organismal scale, with an important emphasis on the combination of physics and computer modelling with molecular genetics and live-imaging in vitro or in vivo.

The field is currently expanding rapidly and the event aims to provide a comprehensive overview of this progress as well as aiming to capitalise on the opportunities for new collaborations. Topics covered in the symposium include: force generation; mechanosensing; mechanotransduction; cellular morphogenesis and tissue morphogenesis.

Keynote speakers confirmed:

Registration is open until 31 May and abstract submission ends 19 April – click here to enter now or visit the website for further information.

 

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UK Colloids 2017

 

This is the third colloid science conference in this series and will be held at Manchester Central from 10-12 July 2017. It is being jointly organised by the RSC Colloid and Interface Science Group and the SCI Colloid and Surface Science Group and will provide a perfect opportunity for UK and international researchers interested in colloid and interface science to meet, present and discuss issues related to current developments in this field.

Confirmed plenary speakers include:

The deadline for abstract submission is 18 April – click here to submit now and visit the website for full programme updateslist of speakers and further information.

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Thermodynamics 2017

 

The Thermodynamics 2017 conference, held at the John McIntyre Conference Centre will be the 25th meeting in a series of biennial thermodynamics conferences initiated in 1964 by Harold Springall, championed throughout the 1960s and 1970s by Max McGlashan and Sir John Rowlinson.

The format of the conference is based on invited lectures, oral presentations, short presentations and poster prizes, supported by Soft Matter. A number of awards will be given to recognised researchers and young scientists. The conference aims to attract about 200 researchers and presenters from academia and industry from around the world. In 2017, the main themes of the conference will include Advances in molecular simulation; Interfacial and confined phenomena; Engineered self-assembly; Carbon capture and other industrial applications; Non-equilibrium thermodynamics; Challenges and advances in fluid phase equilibria.

Plenary speakers confirmed:

Prof. Debra Bernhardt (University of Queensland, Australia)

Prof. Pablo Debenedetti (Princeton University, USA)

Prof. Ruth Lynden-Bell (University of Cambridge, UK)

Dr Francois-Xavier Coudert (Institut de Recherche de Chimie Paris, France)

Prof. Martin Trusler (Imperial College London, UK)

Prof. Carlos Vega (University Complutense of Madrid, Spain)

Prof. Nigel Wilding (University of Bath, UK)

Registration and abstract submission is now open – click here to register, or find out more on the Thermodynamics website.

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Twisted 2017

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10-12 May, 2017, University of Luxembourg

Soft Matter is pleased to support Twisted, a two-day conference on the physics, chemistry and applications of cholesteric lyotropic liquid crystals developing in colloidal suspensions of chiral nanorods.

The motivation for the conference is the rapidly growing interest in liquid crystals formed by nanocrystals of cellulose or chitin, filamentous viruses, carbon nanotubes and similar rod-like nanoparticles in suspensions in water or other isotropic solvents, and topics will be covered in four sessions:

  1. Advanced materials derived from chiral nanorods (keynote speaker: Mark MacLachlan)
  2. Theory and simulations of cholesteric phases (keynote speaker: Mark Wilson)
  3. Chiral nanorod suspensions: from particle tuning to self-assembly (keynote speaker: Derek Gray)
  4. The route to applications (keynote speaker: Silvia Vignolini)

Confirmed invited speakers include:

There are also 12 slots for contributed talks and two poster sessions. See the program for full details.

 

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Congratulations to the Soft Matter award winners at GelSympo2017

The 11th International Gel Symposium was held at Nihon University in Chiba, Japan last week, and Soft Matter would like to congratulate the following, who were awarded prizes for their poster presentations:

 

Ai Saito (Graduate School of Chem. Sci. and Eng., Hokkaido University)
Role of concentration of microtubule and a depletant in the emergence of collective motion of microtubules driven by kinesins

Gantumur Enkhtuul (Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University)
Cytocompatible hydrogelation through enzymatic cross-linking mediated by glucose and cysteine residues in the enzyme

Gargi Joshi (Energy and Environment Area, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
Directional control of diffusion and swelling in hydrogels prepared from cyanobacterial exopolysaccharide

Kateryna Khairulina (School of Engineering, Department of Bioengineering, The University of Tokyo)
Mobility of low molecular weight compounds in tetra-PEG-graphene oxide hydrogels

Koki Sano (Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, The University of Tokyo)
Ultralarge mechanical anisotropy of a hydrogel with aligned nanosheets

Michika Onoda (School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo)
Artificial amoeba: Self-oscillating polymeric fluids with autonomous sol-gel transition

Takahiro Matsuda (Graduate School of Life Science, Hokkaido University)
Mechanical stress triggers productive mechanochemical reactions in double network gels

Takuma Kureha (Graduate School of Textile Science & Technology, Shinshu University)
Selective adsorption of halide compounds from aqueous solution by poly(2-methoxyethylacrylate)-based hydrogel microspheres

Yasushi Shojima (Graduate School of Science, Osaka University)
Dissimilar solid materials binding with self-healable supramolecular materials through host-guest interaction

 

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McBain Medal: Assembly and pattern formation in complex soft materials

27 March 2017, SCI Belgrave Sq, London, UK

This one day meeting in London will focus on recent advances in colloid and interfacial science as a route to materials and processes with societal value, with distinguished speakers both from industry and academia. The meeting will close with the McBain Lecture, awarded annually by the RSC/SCI Joint Colloids Group to recognize a rising star in colloid and interface science.

This year’s awardee is Dr João Cabral from Imperial College London, for his outstanding work on the thermodynamics and assembly of colloid and polymer mixtures, and the design of functional materials via interfacial instabilities. An enthusiast of scattering, his team and collaborators have pioneered the use of neutron and X-rays to study flow processing of complex fluids in complex microfluidic flows.

To see the programme and register, click here

Registration from £10, 11am start.

Invited speakers:

  • Dr João Cabral (Imperial College London), McBain Lecture: “Interfacial instabilities in frontal photopolymerisation, microflow and complex fluid processing”
  • Prof Tom McLeish FRS (Durham University): “Molecular viscoelasticity in spaces of different dimensionality”
  • Prof Dame Julia Higgins FRS (Imperial College London): “Soft mixtures, thermodynamics and interfacial structures”
  • Dr Eric Robles (Procter & Gamble): “The Role of Colloid Chemistry in Every Breakthrough Innovation in Industry”
  • Dr Lionel Porcar (Institut Laue Langevin): “Recent advances in flow-SANS for colloidal and interfacial science”
  • Dr Alex Routh (University of Cambridge): “Strength development during consolidation in drying films”
  • Prof Sidney Nagel (University of Chicago): “Pattern formation”
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Hokkaido Summer Institute & International Soft Matter Summer School in Hokkaido 2017

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1st Session: July 30 (Sun) – Aug 5 (Sat), 2017 / 2nd Session: Aug 7 (Mon) – Aug 11 (Fri), 2017

1st Session: Otaki Seminar House, Otaki Village / 2nd Session: Hokkaido University Sapporo Campus, City of Sapporo


This summer, the Global Station for Soft Matter, GI-CoRE from Hokkaido University will hold a two-week long “Summer School on Soft Matter” for graduate students and early career researchers. This summer school will focus on polymer physics, soft matter mechanics, and chemistry and characterization of materials. The seminar will be divided into two sessions. The first session will be held at Otaki Seminar House in central Hokkaido, located about 20 km from the beautiful Lake Toya. The second session will be held at the Sapporo Campus of Hokkaido University. The seminar will be held by world-leading scientists in the field of soft matter.

Apply now for this exciting seminar!


Organisers:

  • Dr. Michael Rubinstein; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and GI-CoRE, Hokkaido University
  • Dr. Costantino Cretonl; ESPCI Paris Tech and GI-CoRE, Hokkaido University
  • Dr. Jian Ping Gong; GI-CoRE, Hokkaido University
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29th European Symposium on Applied Thermodynamics

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18 – 21 May, 2017, Bucharest, Romania

Abstract submission extended to 31st January 2017. Early bird registration is open – book before 15th February 2017!

The European Symposium on Applied Thermodynamics (ESATB) was founded in 1974 by Professor Helmut Knapp in order to bring together researchers from academia and industry from all over the world.

The ESAT2017 conference aims to cover new experimental achievements, prediction of thermophysical properties of complex systems, molecular and statistical thermodynamics, molecular modeling and simulation. The conference offers the opportunity to present state-of-the-art research on various topics and aims to generate fruitful scientific discussions and collaborations. Plenary lectures, oral presentations and poster sessions will make sure that this interaction is made. The ESAT conference is organized in cooperation with the Working Party on Thermodynamics and Transport Properties: the EFCE Excellence award will be granted on that occasion to an young researcher who has contributed significantly to the field.
A special session will be hosted on Teaching Thermodynamics.

Invited speakers:

  • Prof. Ioannis Economou (Texas A&M University of Qatar, Qatar): “Thermodynamics of fluids in confinement: Molecular models and property predictions
  • Prof. Horia Iovu (University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania): “Polymer – based nanocomposites. New methods and concepts
  • Dr. Michael Kleiber (Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG, Bad Soden / Taunus, Germany): “Thermodynamics in Qatar
  • Prof. Eugénia A. Macedo (University of Porto, Portugal): “ATPS for the Recovery of Biomolecules: Characterisation and Application
  • Prof. Dan Vladimir Nichita (University of Pau, France)
  • Prof. Athanassios Z. Panagiotopoulos (Princeton University, United States of America): “Electrolyte solutions: Simulation challenges and the quest for better models
  • Prof. Romain Privat (University of Lorraine, France): “How to parameterize SAFT and cubic equations of state to boost their performance
  • Prof. J.P. Martin Trusler (Imperial College London, United Kingdom): “Phase Behaviour, Volumetric and Caloric Properties of CO2-Hydrocarbon Mixtures: Experiments and Modelling
  • Prof. Thijs J.H. Vlugt (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands): “Solubility of precombustion gasses and sulfur components in ionic liquids and physical solvents by Monte Carlo simulations
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Secrets of Formulation IV

Secrets of Formulation IV

Secrets of Formulation IV


10 January 2017, London, UK

Organised jointly by RSC’s Formulation Science and Technology Group and Colloid & Interface Group, and by SCI’s Colloid & Surface Chemistry Group, this one-day meeting will bring together leading researchers from industry and academia, looking at cutting-edge science underpinning products in the context of the challenges that their industry faces, which can range from product performance to regulation.

Each industry has different constraints (cost / purity / safety / shelf life etc.).   Application environments can range from ambient (agrochemical) to inside the body (pharmaceutical) or to extremes of temperature and pressure (oil).  These differences mean successful formulations require innovative and excellent use of colloid, polymer, surfactant and interfacial science. The speakers hope to inspire, educate and entertain scientists both from academia and other industries.

Speakers include:

  • Malcolm Faers Bayer Crop Science
  • Simon Emmett Akzo Nobel
  • Jayne Lawrence Kings College
  • Peter Dettmar Technostics
  • Mauro Vaccaro Procter & Gamble
  • Nick Ainger Unilever
  • Cuross Bakhtiar Harley Street Consultants
  • Peter Dowding Infineum
  • Geoff Maitland Imperial College

Early Bird registration deadline is 02 December 2016 – don’t delay!

For further information and to register, please visit: http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/24574/secrets-of-formulation-iv

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Soft Matter Young Investigators Meet 2016

We are delighted to announce that the Soft Matter Young Investigators Meet 2016 (SMYIM2016) will be held in Goa, India, on 16 – 18 December 2016.

Soft Matter Young Investigators Meet 2016

16 – 18 December 2016, Goa, India

The soft matter young investigator meet (SMYIM), started 4 years back, and the previous three meetings, in Jan-2014, Dec-2014 and Dec-2015, in Pondicherry were a wide success.

SMYIM aims to bring together serious soft matter scientists and engineers to present their research ideas and to encourage new and fruitful collaborations. The meeting is an attempt to connect a rapidly growing interdisciplinary group working on colloidal/polymer/granular matter-dynamics, self assembly of mesoscopic structures and the interface of soft matter, chemistry and biology, to enhance the quality of soft matter science through profitable discussions by bringing scientist together.
The past meetings appealed to broad and high-level variety of scientists, theorists, experimentalists and modeling folks, from various academic and geographical backgrounds, and have led to long-lasting collaborations between researchers with complementary skill sets.

Scientific Sessions:

  • Bulk soft matter assemblies (colloids, gels, proteins, surfactants and liquid crystals)
  • Nanoparticle and Nanomaterials
  • Polymers, networks and composites
  • Surfaces, interfaces, and interactions
  • Biological aspects of soft matter
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