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.