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Liquids, Chemistry & Physics of
Gordon Research Conference

Liquids in Action: Fundamentals and Applications


August 6-11, 2017


Holderness School
Holderness, NH Site Information


Bruce D. Kay

Vice Chair:
Valeria Molinero

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 9, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

Liquids are pervasive in both natural and engineered environments and central to important applications in such diverse areas as biophysics, catalysis, electrochemistry, separations science, and energy storage and utilization. The Gordon Conference on the Chemistry and Physics of Liquids is the premier meeting in the field, and has been held biennially since 1957. The conference has a rich history of bringing together a mix of experimental, theoretical, and computational scientists working at the interface between chemistry and physics to address current issues and outstanding questions in both the fundamentals and applications of liquids. While liquids research has answered a number of fundamental questions, it has generated many more and often more interesting ones clearly illustrating the vibrant and dynamic nature of this exciting and evolving field.

The 2017 conference will feature sessions that highlight recent advances in glassy dynamics, self-assembly, ionic liquids, phase transitions, complex fluids, interfaces and confinement, solvation, active matter, and biomolecular and nanoscale systems. In keeping with the tradition of prior meetings this conference will feature presentation of unpublished results by leading scientists and opportunities for all participants to present their work at the poster sessions. The conference will be preceded by a two-day Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) comprised of young investigators (graduate students and postdocs) who are strongly encouraged to also attend the GRC. Four short oral presentations will be given by young investigators selected from the posters presented at the GRS and GRC. The format of the GRS/GRC provides an ideal opportunity for scientists of all ages and disciplines to get to know each other, discuss their research, and establish fruitful future collaborations.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Liquids, Chemistry & Physics of" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by April 6, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Ionic Liquids
    (Jaime Stearns / James Wishart / Claudio Margulis)
  • Liquids at Interfaces and in Confinement
    (Alenka Luzar / Amish Patel / Ellen Backus / Adam Willard)
  • Self-Assembly
    (Michael Gruenwald / Monica Olvera de la Cruz / Fernando Escobedo)
  • Solvation and Dynamics
    (Styliani Constas / Sean Garrett-Roe / Richard Stratt / John King)
  • Biomolecular Systems
    (Susan Rempe / Peter Wolynes / Sarah Veatch)
  • Glasses and Supercooled Liquids
    (Mark Ediger / Ludovic Berthier / Ranko Richert / Andrea Liu)
  • Phase Transitions
    (Jeremy Palmer / Livia Bove / Christiane Alba-Simionesco)
  • Complex Liquids and Active Matter
    (Aparna Baskaran / Paul Chaikin / M. Cristina Marchetti / Kenneth Schweizer)
  • Keynote Session: The Birth of Modern Liquid-State Science / Young Investigator Presentations
    (John Weeks / David Chandler)
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