Previous Seminars

May 4, 2014, 2 pm

Soft Matter Seminar: Pattern Formation in Thin Elastic Films

Dr. Elisabetta Matsumoto, Princeton University Exploiting elastic instabilities in thin films has proven a robust method for creating complex patterns and structures across a…

Location: Regents Hall

May 8, 2014, 11 am

Soft Matter Seminar: Polymer Adhesion at Short Contact Time

Chelsea S. Davis, NIST In rubber manufacturing, two layers of uncrosslinked rubber are often brought into contact and required to adhere to one another very rapidly. The…

Location: Regents Hall

Nov 3, 2014, 3 pm

Soft Matter Seminar: Dynamic Self-assembly of Biomacromolecules at the Single Molecule and Nanoscale Level

Prof. Joonil Seog, the University of Maryland One-dimensional nanostructures are ideal building blocks for functional nanoscale assembly. Peptide-based nanofibers have a high…

Location: Regents Hall

Nov 6, 2014, 1 pm

Soft Matter Seminar: Bringing Physics into the Fold: Origami-Inspired Mechanical Meta-materials

Prof. Itai Cohen, Cornell University Title: Bringing Physics into the Fold: Origami-Inspired Mechanical Meta-materials Tessellated patterns, realistic animals, and curved…

Location: Regents Hall

Nov 7, 2014, 11:30 am

Soft Matter Seminar: Drops Behaving Badly

Drops Behaving Badly Prof. Colin Bain Department of Chemistry, Durham University, UK When fluid dynamics comes up against capillarity, a wide range of interesting…

Location: Regents Hall

Dec 1, 2014, 3 pm

Soft Matter Seminar: The Non-monotonic Flow Curves of Shear Thickening Suspensions

Dr. Ryohei Seto, Levich Institute, CUNY Title: The non-monotonic flow curves of shear thickening suspensions The solid particles in a suspension need to reconfigure…

Location: Regents Hall

Jan 9, 2015, 2 pm

Soft Matter Seminar: Nanoparticle Organization in Polymer Layers

Dr. Jure Dobnikar Soft Matter Centre Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT) The organization of colloids or nanoparticles inside grafted polymer layers is…

Location: Regents Hall

Jan 26, 2015, 3 pm

Soft Matter Seminar: Relaxation Dynamics of Binary Lipid Bilayers

Professor Shigeyuki Komura Tokyo Metropolitan University We shall discuss theoretically the relaxation dynamics of two-component fluid bilayer membranes in a homogeneous…

Location: Regents Hall

Feb 13, 2015, 3 pm

Soft Matter Seminar: AFM Studies of Bilayer Dynamics, Structure and Growth in the Three-Phase Region

Anders Aufderhorst-Roberts, School of Physics and Astronomy, the University of Leeds Bilayers formed from lipid ternary mixtures are useful to model systems for understanding phase…

Location: Regents Hall

Feb 18, 2015, 2:30 pm

Soft Matter Seminar: Study of the Transmembrane Potential with Giant Unilamellar Vesicles

Matthias GARTEN Ph.D. Student, Bassereau Group, “Membranes and Cellular Functions” PhysicoChimie Curie Institut Curie, Paris Abstract: Giant unilamellar vesicles…

Location: Regents Hall

Feb 26, 2015, 3 pm

Soft Matter Seminar: Silk Fibroin Structure-function Relationships: Efficient Fiber Spinning and Biomaterial Applications

Ben Partlow Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Biomedical Engineering Tufts University Silk fibers from the Bombyx Mori silkworm are well known for their impressive strength and…

Location: Regents Hall

Feb 27, 2015, 3 pm

Soft Matter Seminar: High-precision Test of Landauer’s Principle in a Feedback Trap

John Bechhoefer Dept. of Physics Simon Fraser University Abstract: Landauer’s principle, formulated in 1961, postulates that irreversible logical or computational…

Location: Regents Hall

Mar 12, 2015, 3 pm

Soft Matter Seminar: Structure-Function Relationships of Self-Assembled Fibrillar Gels

Katie Weigandt Ph.D. NIST Center for Neutron Research Fibrillar gels represent an important class of materials with commercially relevant applications in cosmetics and…

Location: Regents Hall

Mar 16, 2015, 3 pm

Soft Matter Seminar: Mechanics of Surface-attached Bacterial Systems on Single-cell and Multi-cellular Lengthscales

Vernita Gordon, Assistant Professor of Physics, UT Austin Center for Nonlinear Dynamics Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology Biofilms are communities of…

Location: Regents Hall

Mar 31, 2015, 3:15 pm

Physics Colloquium: Mechanics of Squishy Spheres

Prof. Craig Maloney Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University “Mechanics of Squishy Spheres” Many complex fluids such as emulsions or…

Location: Regents Hall

Apr 23, 2015, 3:30 pm

Soft Matter Seminar: Adding Softness to Particles at Fluid-fluid Interfaces

Prof. Dr. Lucio Isa, ETH Zurich Colloidal particles adsorbed at the interface between two fluids play a pivotal role in a large range of applications, e.g. in emulsion and…

Location: Regents Hall

Apr 24, 2015, 11 am

Soft Matter Seminar: The Dynamics of Active Matter Particles on Disordered Landscapes: Jamming, Clogging, and Avalanches

Dr. Cynthia Reichhardt Los Alamos National Laboratory http://cnls.lanl.gov/~olson/ There has been tremendous growth in studying nonequilibrium systems in which the…

Location: Regents Hall