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Web collection for 2013 International Soft Matter Conference

Take a look at our new web collection, celebrating the excellent research presented at the 2013 International Soft Matter Conference and the very healthy state of the soft matter field.

This collection of articles is Guest Edited by Sofia Kantorovich (University of Vienna) and Emanuela Zaccarelli (CNR-ISC, Sapienza Universita di Roma).  It comprises papers from a selection of talks and posters that were presented at  the 3rd International Soft Matter Conference, held in Rome on 15-19 September last year.

The collection reflects the variety of topics discussed at the conference, and includes articles on colloids, gels, biomaterials such as DNA and cells, crystals and glasses.  It highlights novel experimental methods, theoretical approaches and advanced simulation techniques, and provides an insight into both equilibrium and out-of-equilibrium behaviour of soft matter.

Articles include:

Phase separation and self-assembly of colloidal dimers with tunable attractive strength: from symmetrical square-wells to Janus dumbbells
Gianmarco Munaò, Patrick O’Toole, Toby S. Hudson, Dino Costa, Carlo Caccamo, Achille Giacometti and Francesco Sciortino  

Graphical abstract: Phase separation and self-assembly of colloidal dimers with tunable attractive strength: from symmetrical square-wells to Janus dumbbells

Biocompatible cationic lipids for the formulation of liposomal DNA vectors
Costanza Montis, Silvia Sostegni, Silvia Milani, Piero Baglioni and Debora Berti  

Graphical abstract: Biocompatible cationic lipids for the formulation of liposomal DNA vectors

Viscoelasticity of nematic liquid crystals at a glance
Fabio Giavazzi, Stefano Crotti, Antonio Speciale, Francesca Serra, Giuliano Zanchetta, Veronique Trappe, Marco Buscaglia, Tommaso Bellini and Roberto Cerbino (Open Access)

Graphical abstract: Viscoelasticity of nematic liquid crystals at a glance

Stratum corneum molecular mobility in the presence of natural moisturizers
Sebastian Björklund, Jenny Marie Andersson, Quoc Dat Pham, Agnieszka Nowacka, Daniel Topgaard and Emma Sparr  (featured in Chemistry World)

  Graphical abstract: Stratum corneum molecular mobility in the presence of natural moisturizers

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SOFT Matter – from fundamental aspects to industrial perspectives

The Soft-Fire 2014 conference will be held on July 29 – August 8 | Cargèse, Corse | France

Soft condensed matter is the subject of a large number of investigations all around the world, both from a fundamental point of view and from a more applied side, due to the large number of practical possibilities relying on the aptitude of soft matter to provide large responses to small sollicitations.

Academic talks (confirmed)

  • N. Balsara (Univ. Berkeley) : Polymers for electronics
  • P. Chaikin (NY University, USA): Active matter
  • E. Charlaix (Univ. Grenoble, France): Confined systems: mechanical measurements
  • J. Fourkas (Univ. Maryland): Optical techniques for biophysics
  • M.-C. Jullien (ESPCI, France) : Microfluidics
  • C. Knobler (UCLA, USA) : Physical virology
  • K. Kremer (MPI Polymerforshung, Mainz) : Statistical physics – Numerical simulations
  • R. Kimmich (Univ. Ulm, Germany): Spectroscopic techniques for the examination of molecular dynamics in mesoscopically confined fluids
  • O. Lavrentovich (Kent State Univ.): Dynamics and liquid crystals
  • H. Lekkerkerker (Univ. Utrecht, Netherland): Self organization in Colloidal Suspensions of Spheres, Rods, Plates and Boards
  • C. Sanchez (Collège de France, Paris): Hybrid materials
  • M. Stamm (Institutes für Physikalische Chemie und Physik der Polymere, Leibniz, Germany): Concepts to save energy with polymers
  • C. Wilhelm (CNRS, Université Denis Diderot): Bionanomagnetism

Please see here for fees for registration and Abstract submission and pre-registration

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PN & G Conference 2014, Tokyo, Japan

The PN & G 2014 Conference will be held from 10-14th November 2014 at the Ito International Research Center, Tokyo, Japan.

The joint symposium of the 22nd Polymer Networks Group Meeting (PNG) and the 10th Gel Symposium sponsored by Institute for Solid State Physics, The University of Tokyo, (PN&G2014) will provide a platform for scientific exchange in all areas relevant to theory and simulation, fabrication, structure, properties, and industrial/medical applications of gels. This symposium will focus on “Cutting Edge of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering in Polymer Networks (PhysChemEng).”

A list of Plenary and Keynote speakers can be found here.

Please see the conference website to register your attendance or submit an abstract.

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UK Colloids 2014 is now open for abstract submissions!

Organized by the RSC Colloid and Interface Science Group and the SCI Colloid and Surface Chemistry Group, UK Colloids 2014 is taking place at the Mermaid Theatre in London on July 6th-9th 2014. The symposium is now open for registration and abstract submission.

UK Colloids 2014 is a great opportunity for UK and international researchers interested in colloid and interface science to meet, present and discuss issues related to current developments in the fields of Colloid, Interface and Biomedical Nanoparticle science. There will be plenary talks by:

  • Professor Julian Eastoe (Bristol University)
  • Professor Ray Dagastine (University of Melbourne)
  • Professor Joanna Aizenberg (Harvard University)

In addition, Professor Steve Armes (University of Sheffield) will be giving the Thomas Graham Lecture. A full list of confirmed speakers is available here

The closing date for submitting abstracts for oral and poster presentations is 15 March 2014. See here for instructions on how to submit.

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Poster prize winners at the 2013 International Symposium on Stimuli-Responsive Materials

Many congratulations to the winners at the 2013 International Symposium on Stimuli-Responsive Materials!

Chosen by an independent panel, the winners were: Akira Matsumoto (Institute of Biomaterials and Bioengineering at Tokyo Medical and Dental University) for the Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B & C poster prize, Justin Poelma for Polymer Chemistry and Saemi Oh for Soft Matter (University of California, Santa Barbara).

The symposium which focuses on the field of stimuli-responsive materials from academia, industry, and government took place in October (20 – 22) this year at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country in Santa Rosa, CA and was co-sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Akira Matsumoto

Akira Matsumoto receiving his poster prize for Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B, C

Justin Poelma

Justin Poelma receiving his prize for Polmer Chemistry

Saemi Oh winning the Soft Matter poster prize

Follow the latest journal news on Twitter @Softmatter or go to our Facebook page.

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BP Castrol-RSC International Symposium on Tribology and Lubricants

This Symposium will feature two one-day meetings that will take place in Wuhan and Shanghai, China. Each meeting will feature a selection of lectures on tribology and lubricants, given by some of the world’s leading international scientists. The symposium is supported by BP Castrol and organised by BP Castrol and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Attendance at either of the one day meetings is free, although delegates are asked to register (please click on the links below). The symposium will appeal to academics, engineers and industrial scientists with an interest in tribology and lubricants.

Tuesday 19th November 2013 – Wuhan University of Technology

 Wednesday 21st November 2013 – Shanghai Jiao Tong University

 The international speakers are:

Wilfried Bartz, Technical Academy Esslingen, Germany

James Batteas, Texas A&M University, USA

Moray Stark, University of York, UK

Robert Wood, University of Southampton, UK

Gordon Lamb, Castrol China Technology Centre, Shanghai, China

Delegates and speakers are also invited to submit articles for a web collection in RSC Advances on Tribology next year.  The deadline for submissions will be 28th February 2014 – all articles submitted will be subject to initial assessment by the editor and full peer review.  For more information please click here or contact the Editorial Office.

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The Physics of Soft and Biological Matter Conference, 14th – 16th April 2014

The Physics of Soft and Biological Matter conference organised by the IOP Biological Physics, IOP Liquids and Complex Fluids, IOP Molecular Physics, and IOP Polymer Physics Groups will be held on 14–16 April 2014 at Homerton College, Cambridge, UK.

This conference will bring together the broad and diverse community interested in the physics of soft and biological matter, which includes liquids, liquid crystals, polymers, colloids, membranes, interfaces, cellular biophysics, and biological macromolecules. The programme will span a number of key cross-cutting themes, including self-assembly and patterning, rheology, biomimetics, non-equilibrium phenomena, as well as molecular imaging, optical methods and spectroscopies, which are all relevant to the wide range of length- and time-scales present in these fascinating systems.

Important deadlines

Abstract submission deadline: 20th January 2014
Early registration deadline: 10th March 2014
Registration deadline: 4th April 2014

Confirmed Invited Speakers

  • Kari Dalnoki-Veress (McMaster University, Canada) “Capillary-driven flow in thin polymer films”
  • Dennis Discher (University of Pennsylvania, USA) “Scaling laws of polymer membranes: from synthetics to nuclear envelopes and mechanotransduction”
  • Suzanne Fielding (Durham University, UK) “Hydrodynamics and phase behaviour of active suspensions”
  • David Klenerman (University of Cambridge, UK) “Single molecule studies of protein aggregation”
  • David Pine (New York University, USA) Self-assembly of patchy colloids”
  • Kathleen Stebe (University of Pennsylvania, USA) “Particles at complex interfaces”
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NanoDDS’13: Oct. 25-26, 2013 – University of California, San Diego

The 11th International Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery Symposium (NanoDDS’13) will be held Oct. 25-26, 2013 at the University of California, San Diego. NanoDDS is the key annual event for researchers developing next-generation delivery vehicles: targeted, responsive, biodegradable nanomaterials for drug delivery, diagnostics, noninvasive imaging, and regenerative medicine. This symposium, co-chaired by Adah Almutairi of UC San Diego and Andrew Mackay of the University of Southern California, features a diverse group of creative, high-profile investigators, including Erkki Ruoslahti, Samuel Stupp, and Allan Hoffman.

Abstracts for poster presentations will be accepted from May through September; the top three abstracts will win prizes and oral presentation slots.

More information can be found here.

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Nanotech Conference & Expo 2013

Short Course: Designing Soft Nano and Microstructured Materials: Processing and Commercial Applications
Sunday May 12, 2013, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Washington, DC, USA

Soft materials are a fascinating class of fluids that have unusual, complex, “squishy” properties that are imparted by a surprisingly small amount of added ingredients. This overview course surveys the application of a wide range of soft materials, both aqueous and non-aqueous, using colloids, surfactants, polymers, and the mesoscale structures they can form. The student will be exposed to current and historical work in the field, with an emphasis on commercial processing and applications like foods, personal care products, drug formulations, oil exploration, and materials synthesis. Numerous examples will be shared and used as the basis to “tunnel down” to smaller length scales to explore the microscopic and molecular reasons for the unique behavior of soft materials on a large scale.

A visual approach, using movies and images, is taken to explore the field and share the small-scale insights gained from techniques like microscopy, microfluidics, and microrheology. Because one of the key attributes of soft materials is their mechanical and rheological behavior, wherever possible the link between microstructure and bulk properties will be explained and used to motivate their range of applications.

The survey and guidelines presented in the class are assembled into a set of course notes intended to serve as a standalone guide to designing various classes of soft materials and a reference for current research in the area and practical techniques of characterization and formulation.

Course Instructor
Pat Spicer has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware (1992) and a PhD in (1997) Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, where his research focused on design and synthesis of colloidal and nanoparticle materials. After defending his thesis he went to work for the Procter & Gamble Company, leading their Crystallization group in the Corporate Engineering Division and supporting the scale-up and manufacture of complex fluid products for all of P&G’s product areas. After 15 years with P&G, Pat began work as an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. There his research focuses on the design and development of microstructured fluid materials and understanding of their kinetic behavior.

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The Impact and Future of Scattering Techniques in Soft Matter: 18th – 19th March at Keble College, Oxford, UK

Scattering methods have evolved in both complexity and in application over the past 30 years. The aim of this two day conference is to show how increasingly complex chemical, magnetic and biological systems demand a multi-technique approach in order to derive a full description of their behaviour. The meeting is combined with the 2013 Sir Eric Rideal lecture given by the award recipient, Prof. Jeff Penfold.

Confirmed speakers include: R. K. Thomas, T. Zemb, A. R. Rennie, I. M. Tucker, J. T. Petkov, L. Porcar, G. Fragnetto, I. Grillo, D. Barlow, A. Zarbakhsh, J. Penfold and T. Arnold.

We are looking forward to a lively programme of talks, posters and an exhibition showcasing some of the latest equipment relevant to soft matter research. Delegate registration also includes a Gala Dinner in the traditional dining hall of Keble College; a true Oxford experience.

The organising committee would like to thank our generous sponsors STFC (ISIS), Unilever, Malvern Instruments, Biolin Scientific, Diamond Light Source, IOP Neutron Scattering Group and the Joint Colloids Group.

Full details of the conference and the online registration process can be found here. You can also read more about the conference on the Colloid Group website.

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