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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 J—Wetting and Soft Electrokinetics

Soft matter, having structural features in the mesoscopic range, and including materials such as liquid crystals, colloids, foams, polymers, surfactants, glues, rubbers, gels, neurons, tissues, sand, snow, etc., is widely used in large number of applications ranging from energy systems to biomedical system. Two key parameters regarding soft matter, which are often poorly understood, are its wetting characteristics and electric double layer electrostatics (soft electrokinetics) at its interface. However, fundamental understanding of wetting and soft electrokinetics is extremely important for opening up new application areas in materials research and creating paradigm shift in our basic understanding of soft matter.

The proposed symposium will showcase the cutting edge developments in the area of theoretical advancements coupled with experimental techniques that are providing foundational basis to the areas of wetting and soft electrokinetics. Abstracts will be arranged such that equal emphasis is laid upon understanding the fundamental processes involving soft matter, as well as deciphering key applications of soft matter where both wetting and electrokinetics are important. The symposium will attract experts from around the world, having specialties in areas ranging from material science, fluid dynamics, and solid mechanics to surface chemistry and interfacial science.

The interdisciplinary nature of this symposium will make the material scientist community be aware of the wetting and electrostatics, which will further help in producing next generation tunable property soft materials.

Topics will include:

  • Wetting properties of soft matter: Contact angle; Superhydrophobicity; Role of elastic modulus on Young’s contact angle
  • Material properties of soft matter: Components of elastic modulus; stress-strain relationship; engineered composite materials
  • Applications related to soft matter:microfluidics/nanofluidics; BioMEMS;Tissue engineering;Brain Research
  • Soft electrokinetics: Role of deformable solid on Electrical Double Layer;Streaming potential and electroviscous effects
  • Theory, modeling andsimulation of soft matter

Invited Speakers:

  • Esther Amstad (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Anna Balazs (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
  • Subir Bhattacharjee (Water Planet, USA)
  • Thomas Cubaud (Stony Brook University, USA)
  • Siddhartha Das (University of Maryland, USA)
  • Piotr Garstecki (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
  • Eugenia Kumacheva (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Si-Hyung Lim (Kookmin University, Republic of Korea)
  • Olga Ovchinnikova (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • Patrick Tabeling (ESPCI, France)
  • Laurene Tetard (University of Central Florida, USA)
  • Peichun Amy Tsai (University of Alberta, Canada)
  • Leslie Yeo (Monash University, Australia)

Symposium Organizers

Sushanta Mitra
York University
Mechanical Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering

Carolyn Ren
University of Waterloo
Mechanical Engineering

Thomas Thundat
University of Alberta
Chemical and Materials Engineering

Evelyn Wang
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mechanical Engineering