Symposium Tracks

A) Self- and Directed-Assembly in Colloidal Systems

Organizers:  Samanvaya Srivastava (UCLA) and Jaime Juarez (Iowa State)

Keynote Speakers:  Carol Hall (NCSU), Jim Swan (MIT), Ilona Kretzchmar (City College NY)

We invite abstracts that examine the self and directed assembly of colloidal particles and related soft matter systems (e.g., surfactants, peptides, proteins, and macromolecules).  Contributions may include detailed experimental, computational and theoretical studies of self and directed assembly processes for isotropic and anisotropic (e.g., Janus particles) soft materials.  Studies of how self and directed assembly influence rheological, material or transport properties are also welcome.

B) Emulsions, Bubbles, and Foams

Organizers:  Winnie Chang (Texas Tech) and Daniel Miller (Dow Chemical)

Keynote Speakers:  Dominque Langevin (Université de Paris Saclay) and Sujit Datta (Princeton U.)

We invite abstracts on the fundamentals and applications of emulsions, bubbles, and foams.  The symposium will cover all aspects of research in this exciting field.

C) Interfacial and Surface Forces

Organizers:  Younjin Min (UC Riverside) and Ray Dagastine (U. Melbourne)

Keynote Speakers: Lynn Walker (Carnegie Mellon U.)  and Vivek Sharma (University of Illinois Chicago)

The Interfacial and Surface Forces session focuses on the forces between a variety of interfaces and surfaces.   This session will focus on studies of both equilibrium surface forces and dynamic processes that affect interaction forces in hard and soft matter, such as hydrodynamic drainage and tribology, as well as innovative developments in interaction force measurement methods.
D) Active and Responsive Matter

Organizers: Carlos Silvera Batista (Vanderbilt) and Bhuvnesh Bharti (LSU)

Keynote Speakers:  Ivan Smalyukh (U Colorado Boulder) and Oleg Lavrentovich (Kent State)

Active matter composed of collective systems with energy inputs has become an increasingly topical research arena in the field of non-equilibrium phenomena. This session will focus on new phenomena such as spontaneous collective motion and motility induced phase separation.

E) Rheology and Complex Fluids

Organizers: Amanda Marciel (Rice U) and Jeff Richards (Northwestern U)

Keynote Speakers: Norman Wagner (U Delaware)

This session focuses on the flow of colloidal and related soft matter systems. Contributions include non-Newtonian bulk rheology, microrheological measurements, and associated complex fluid systems.

F) Wetting and Adhesion

Organizers: Shu Yang (U. Penn) and DJ Seo (BYU)

Keynote Speakers: Kelly Schultz (Lehigh University) and Zhunkai Wang (City University of Hong Kong)

This session will focus on advances in the fundamental understanding of surface and interfacial phenomena associated with wetting and adhesion. Of interest is the design, fabrication, and applications of coatings/surfaces/materials.

G) Advanced Experimental Methods in Colloidal and Interfacial Science

Organizers: Qian Chen (UIUC) and Muzhou Wang (Northwestern)

Keynote Speakers: Dan Schwartz (U. Colorado), Jeff Rimer (U. Houston), and Vivian Ferry (U. Minnesota)

This session focuses on advances in experimental methods to characterize colloid and soft matter systems.

H) Bioelectronics: Interfacing Biology with Materials

Organizers: Ariel Furst (MIT) and Yi Zhang (U. Missouri)

Keynote Speakers: Anne Andrews (UCLA) and Rob Macfarlane (MIT)

The emerging field of bioelectronics seeks to interface biology with electronics for a broad range of applications, ranging from biological fuel cells to electronic skin. A key aspect is the interface between biological materials and synthetic materials.

I) Colloids and Interfaces Applied to Biology and Medicine

Organizers: Lydia Kisley (Case Western) and Sarah Perry (U. Mass- Amherst)

Keynote Speakers: Omar Saleh (UCSB) and Carlos Rinaldi (U. Florida)

Colloids and interfaces occur throughout living systems. Abiotic material colloids and surfaces also have diverse applications when applied to biology and medicine. This session will cover topics of interest to biologically-relevant research in colloid and surface science at ranges from the molecular (protein, lipids, nucleic acids, therapeutic molecules) to the cellular and tissue scale. Broadly defined, this includes:
Biological colloids and interfaces: biomembranes and vesicle synthesis, structure, mechanics, and dynamics, bio-inspired and biomimetic nanomaterials
Colloids in vivo: Bio-imaging, diagnostic, and therapeutic nanomaterials, colloidal stability in biofluids, the protein corona, particle uptake in cells, transport and drug delivery
Biomolecule and cell interactions at interfaces: adhesion to surfaces, biofilms, biomolecules and cells in soft and porous media
Biomaterial theory, design, synthesis, and characterization, bioconjugation of colloids and interfaces

J) Nanomaterials and Advanced Manufacturing

Organizers: Amy Peterson (U. Mass-Lowell), Esteban E. Ureña-Benavides (U. Mississippi), and Angel Marti (Rice U.)

Keynote Speakers: Virginia Davis (Auburn U.) and Andrew Boydston (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

This session focuses on nanotechnology and innovations in manufacturing new colloidal materials and interfaces

K) Scanned Probe Methods and Applications

Organizers:  James Batteas (Texas A&M) and Dalia Yablon (SurfaceChar LLC)

Keynote Speakers:  Jonathan Felts (Texas A&M) and Gang-Yu Liu (UC Davis)

This symposium aims to highlight both state-of-the-art scanning probe microscopy, as well as provide a forum for the discussion of what can realistically be measured with current commercial instrumentation, including the challenges in obtaining quantitative data from scanning probe methods. Next-generation applications of SPM will also be described.

L) Plasmonics

Organizers: Stephan Link (Rice U.) and Matt Sheldon (Texas A&M)

Keynote Speakers:  Kallie Willetts (Temple U.) and Prashant Jain (UIUC)

This symposium will highlight recent advances in plasmonics. Topics include the fabrication and characterization of novel plasmonic materials as well as their potential applications.

M) Colloids and Interfaces Related to Oil and Gas

Organizers: Valentina Prigiobbe (Stevens Institute of Technology) and Clint Aichele (OK State)

Keynote Speakers:  Marcio S. Carvalho (PUC-Rio) and Wen Song (UT Austin)

This session focuses on the application of colloids and interfacial phenomena related to oil and gas systems.  This includes enhanced-oil recovery, hydraulic fracturing, emulsification and demulsification processes, foam flooding, and remediation of subsurface contamination.

N) Chemistry of Colloidal and Interfacial Systems

Organizers: Matt Jones (Rice) and Rob Macfarlane (MIT)

Keynote Speakers: Eugenia Kumacheva (U. Toronto), Paul Weiss (UCLA), and Jonathan Owen (Columbia University)

This session focuses on recent developments in the chemistry of interfaces and the new properties and structures that are enabled by leveraging surface and colloidal chemistry. Topics include surface science, colloidal nanoparticles, ligand chemistry, self-assembled monolayers, and surface-sensitive physical properties.

O) Fundamental Aspects of Colloidal and Interfacial Science

Organizers: Ning Wu (Colorado School of Mines) and Vivek Narsimhan (Purdue U.)

Keynote Speakers: Daeyeon Lee (U. Penn) and Eric Weeks (Emory U.)

This session welcomes presentations on fundamental or emerging areas of research related to colloid and interfacial science that does not fit neatly into any of the specific symposia. Contributions may include the structure of colloids and interfaces, interactions of colloids, thermodynamics of colloidal dispersion and interface, synthesis of functional colloids, and modeling of colloidal systems.