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2015 MRS Fall Meeting Logo2015 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

November 29-December 4, 2015 | Boston
Meeting Chairs: T. John Balk, Ram Devanathan, George G. Malliaras, Larry A. Nagahara, Luisa Torsi

Symposium BBB—Liquids and Glassy Soft Materials—Theoretical and Neutron Scattering Studies

Liquids, prototypical disordered condensed matters, are ubiquitous. Furthermore, when the temperature is lowered, many liquids can be supercooled and eventually vitrified into thermodynamically unstable but kinetically trapped glassy states. The phase behaviors of liquids and glasses are exceptionally rich, and in-depth understanding of them requires the development of new theoretical concepts and new experimental techniques. In addition, numerous soft and biological materials of amazing far-from-equilibrium complexity seem to share many intriguing features of liquids and glasses. Therefore, quantitative descriptions of the structure and dynamics of liquids and glassy soft materials and in-depth understanding of the nature of the glass transition will likely impact a wide range of disciplines in physics, chemistry, and materials science and engineering.

Due to the special scattering characteristics, neutrons have enabled a collection of powerful experimental tools, which provide detailed atomic spatial distributions as well as atomic dynamics. Historically, the quantitative treatment of liquids, such as using the intermediate scattering function, is largely influenced by early-age neutron scattering experiments. In the recent years, with the advent of the new generation of neutron sources around the world, it is possible to conduct elastic, quasi-elastic, and inelastic scattering experiments with extremely high accuracy, which, in principle, allows us to examine far more detailed predictions from theories and modeling than ever. This symposium will focus on the forefront of the liquids and glassy soft materials research and discuss the best practices of the cutting-edge neutron scattering experimental tools, as well as the related theories and multi-scale modeling and simulations.

Topics will include:

  • Unusual phase behavior of water and supercooled water
  • Physics and chemistry of liquids under confinement or near interfaces
  • Structure and transport properties of ionic liquids and their novel applications
  • Atomic-scale structure and dynamics of metallic liquids and their vitrification
  • Fluctuations and emergent ordering at complex interfaces and in complex fluids
  • Polymers and intrinsically disordered biomolecular assemblies
  • New theoretical perspectives and computational methods in liquids, supercooled liquids, and glasses
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers:

  • Christiane Alba-Simionesco (Laboratoire Léon Brillouin, France)
  • C Austen Angell (Arizona State University, USA)
  • Piero Baglioni (University of Florence, Italy)
  • Chris Benmore (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
  • Sow-Hsin Chen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Wei-Ren Chen (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • Juan Colmenero (University of Basque Country, Spain)
  • Pablo Debenedetti (Princeton University, USA)
  • Mark Ediger (University of Wisconsin at Madison, USA)
  • Antonio Faraone (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
  • Giulia Galli (University of Chicago, USA)
  • Paola Gallo (Università Roma Tre, Italy)
  • Victoria Garcia-Sakai (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, United Kingdom)
  • Teresa Head-Gordon (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Kenneth Kelton (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)
  • Alexander Kolesnikov (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • Anael Lemaitre (Universite Paris-Est, France)
  • Yun Liu (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
  • Timothy Lodge (University of Minnesota, USA)
  • Evan Ma (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
  • Francesco Mallamace (University of Messina, Italy)
  • Eugene Mamontov (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • Janna Maranas (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
  • Magdaleno Medina-Noyola (Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, Mexico)
  • Valeria Molinero (University of Utah, USA)
  • Anders Nilsson (Stockholm University, Netherlands)
  • Peter Poole (St. Francis Xavier University, Canada)
  • Lilo Pozzo (University of Washington, USA)
  • George Reiter (University of Houston, USA)
  • Dieter Richter (Jülich Centre for Neutron Science, Germany)
  • Mark Robbins (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
  • Thomas Russell (University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA)
  • Konrad Samwer (University of Göttingen, Germany)
  • Richard Saykally (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Francesco Sciortino (Università di Roma La Sapienza, Italy)
  • Jeremy Smith (Oak Ridge National Laboratory and University of Tennessee, USA)
  • Alexei Sokolov (Oak Ridge National Laboratory and University of Tennessee, USA)
  • Bobby Sumpter (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • Norman Wagner (University of Delaware, USA)
  • Lynn Walker (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Xun-Li Wang (City University of Hong Kong, China)
  • Ting Xu (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Sidney Yip (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Yang Zhang
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Program of Computational Science and Engineering

Takeshi Egami
University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Li Emily Liu
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering

H Eugene Stanley
Boston University
Department of Physics