Symposium QQ: Advances in Nanoscale Subsurface, Chemical and Time-Resolved Studies of Soft Matter

Revealing surface and subsurface properties of soft matter and their synergy at the macro-, meso- and nano-scales emerges as a pressing challenge. With the growing complexity of the systems considered, the last few years have witnessed stronger interdisciplinary approaches to explore the fundamental structural, physical and chemical behavior of soft matter at the molecular level. In modern microscopy, high spatial and spectral resolutions are of great importance in addressing questions related to material properties. On the other hand, high temporal resolution is crucial to determine their intricate dynamics. At the forefront of this exciting area, scanning probe microscopy, fluorescence microscopy and nano-optics hold great promises to probe the inner structures of systems as complex as living cells, and determine their mechanical, chemical and evolution in time.

The purpose of this symposium is to connect pioneers and leaders in their respective areas of soft matter characterization, who focus on advancing instrumentation, experimental studies, and theory and modeling capabilities toward a comprehensive understanding of complex three-dimensional soft matter systems. The focus of this symposium will highlight cross-disciplinary cutting-edge research for nanoscale soft matter studies.

Topics will include:

  • Novel developments of scanning probe microscopy for characterization of soft matter
  • Novel developments of fluorescence-based microscopy and spectroscopy for characterization of soft matter
  • Novel developments of nano-optics and plasmonics for characterization of soft matter
  • Advances in dynamical studies characterization of soft matter
  • Novel probes for nanoscale subsurface, chemical and time-resolved studies of soft matter
  • Theory: Dynamics of biological macromolecules
  • Nanoscale studies of biological systems
  • Nanoscale studies of inanimate soft matter systems

Invited speakers include:

A. Deniset-Besseau (Univ. Paris-Sud, France), V.P. Dravid (Northwestern Univ.), O.K. Dudko (Univ. of California, San Diego), M. Foston (Washington Univ.), W.P. King (Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), O. Kolosov (Univ. of Lancaster, United Kingdom), K. Kjoller (Anasys), W. Liu (WITEC Instruments), M. Molinari (Univ. de Reims, France), D. Mukherjee (Univ. of Tennessee), L. Petridis (Oak Ridge National Lab), R. Ros (Arizona State Univ.), Ozgur Sahin (Columbia Univ.), S. Santra (Univ. of Central Florida), A. Sokolov (Univ. of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Lab), G.J. Verbiest (Leiden Inst. of Physics, Netherlands), M. Yazdanpanah (NaugaNeedles).

Symposium Organizers

Laurene Tetard
University of Central Florida
Nanoscience Technology Center - Physics Department
Tel 407-882-0178, laurene.tetard@gmail.com  

Aude Lereu
Fresnel Institute, CNRS UMR 7259
Tel 011-334-91-28-84-68, aude.lereu@fresnel.fr  

Ali Passian
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Measurement Science and Systems Engineering Division
Tel 865-241-3204, passianan@ornl.gov  

Thomas Thundat
University of Alberta
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
Tel 780-492-2068, thundat@ualberta.ca  

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