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Colloidal, Macromolecular and Polyelectrolyte Solutions
Gordon Research Conference

The Science and Application of Soft Materials in Hard(er) Environments


February 4-9, 2018


Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express
Ventura, CA Site Information


Eric M. Furst & Wilson C.K. Poon

Vice Chairs:
Ilona Kretzschmar & Patrick T. Spicer

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by January 7, 2018. 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

Colloidal, macromolecular, and polyelectrolyte solutions are of abiding interest not only because of the fascinating range of phenomena they display, but because of their tremendous utility. In many applications, such "soft materials" encounter hard(er) matter, with the hard-soft interface being where exploitable properties occur. The sensory properties of food, the durability of coatings, and the adhesion of biofilms are three examples among many. The science and technology of how hard and soft materials meet and work together will be the overall theme of the 2018 meeting of this GRC.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Colloidal, Macromolecular and Polyelectrolyte Solutions" 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.


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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 October 4, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Soft Meets Hard as an Emergent Theme from Applications
    (Job Thijssen / Sylvain Deville / Ali Mohraz)
  • Friction and Adhesion in Dispersed Systems
    (Daniel Blair / Bulbul Chakraborty / Annie Colin / James Swan)
  • Bonding and Fracturing
    (Kelly Schultz / Alfred Crosby / Anke Lindner)
  • Toughening Polymers and Softening Colloids
    (Lynn Walker / Julia Kornfield / Andrea Liu)
  • Bacteria on Hard and Soft Surfaces
    (Xiang Cheng / Vernita Gordon / Adrian Daerr)
  • Soft and Hard Solids
    (Stefan Egelhaaf / Ramón Castañeda-Priego / Hajime Tanaka / Emanuela Del Gado)
  • Macromolecular Solutions on Living Materials
    (Alex Lips / Anne Dussaud / Michael Rubinstein)
  • Processing Colloidal, Macromolecular, and Polyelectrolyte Solutions
    (Daeyeon Lee / Charles Schroeder / Sibani Lisa Biswal / Joe Schlenoff)
  • Drying Complex Fluids
    (Ronald Larson / Eric Dufresne / Daniel Attinger)
  • Power Hour
    (Lynn Walker)
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