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Colloidal, Macromolecular and Polyelectrolyte Solutions (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Emergent Behavior in Complex Fluids


February 6-7, 2016


Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express
Ventura, CA


Michelle Calabrese & John K. Riley

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Colloidal, Macromolecular and Polyelectrolyte Solutions is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas. The GRS brings together scientists from diverse fields such as materials science, soft-matter and complex fluids physics, and engineering prior to the associated Gordon Research Conference.

The 2016 meeting will explore novel materials, computational modeling and experimental techniques in soft matter, with an emphasis on structured materials, "smart" self-assembly and interfacial phenomena. Specifically, the meeting will focus on the interesting collective properties that arise from the dynamic, and often non-equilibrium, interactions between the diverse constituents present in polymer, colloidal and complex fluid systems.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Colloidal, Macromolecular and Polyelectrolyte Solutions" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Novel Dynamics of Colloids with Anisotropic Magnetic Fields
Discussion Leader: Matthew Helgeson (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmSibani Lisa Biswal (Rice University, USA)
"Novel Dynamics of Colloids with Anisotropic Magnetic Fields"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmStructured Materials: Tunable Assembly of Interfaces, Films and Solutions
Discussion Leader: Jack Burgman (PPG Industries, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmDan Nguyen (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
"The Ion-Specific, Non-Equilibrium Structural Behavior of DNA Hydrogels"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmCaterina Dolce (Pierre and Marie Curie University, France)
"Diffusion of Polyelectrolytes in Crowded Media"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmTamas Prileszky (University of Delaware, USA)
"Assembling Anisotropic Interfacial Structures from Endoskeletal Droplets"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmCorinna Preuss (University of Warwick, United Kingdom)
"Smart Assembled Materials: Fibers and Vesicles - Fabrication by Microfluidic Assembly and Controlled Release"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amDynamics and Non-Equilibrium Interactions: Novel Instrumentation, Modeling and Experimental Methods
Discussion Leader: Jeff Fagan (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amJeffrey Richards (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
"Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of Mixed Ionic/Electronic Conducting Surface Layers Adsorbed on Metal Oxide Particles"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amJelena Dinic (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)
"Elasticity and Extensibility Determine Printability and Spinnability of Polymer Solutions"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amYu-Hang Tang (Brown University, USA)
"In Silico Quantification of the Self-Assembly Dynamics of Thermo-Responsive Drug Delivery Vehicles"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amLucas Parent (University of California, San Diego, USA)
"Direct Observation of the Evolution of Block Copolymer Micelle Assemblies in Solution Using In Situ Liquid Cell TEM"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Careers in Academia, Industry and the National Labs
Meeting attendees will rotate between break-out groups with the mentors. There are three break-out groups, including a session on careers in industry, careers in academia, and careers at the government labs.
Discussion Leaders: Michelle Calabrese (University of Delaware, USA) and John Riley (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmBreakout Group Discussions
  • Sibani Lisa Biswal (Rice University, USA)
  • Jeff Fagan (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
  • Anne Grillet (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
  • Matthew Helgeson (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
  • Beth Schubert (Procter & Gamble, USA)
  • Ryan Murphy (Solvay USA, Inc., USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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