Physical, Theoretical & Computational

Interfacial Phenomena for Bubbles, Droplets, Films and Soft Matter (#403)

Colloidal and interfacial phenomena play a central role in a variety of physical chemistry and biophysical areas, such as smart surfaces and self-assembly. Drops, bubbles, films and particles form the fundamental element of many of the soft matter systems and applications. This symposium will focus on interfacial phenomena as seen in these multiphase systems. To facilitate a comprehensive discussion on these fundamental elements as they relate to many soft matter systems, the symposium will cover four thematic areas. The first thematic area will cover wetting and interfacial tension. Topics of interest are: surface thermodynamics; adhesion; contact angle and line tension; liquid-wall interaction dynamics (droplet impact and spreading); thin films ; superhydrophobicity; multiscale phenomenon as it relates to wetting (topological and chemistry); and thermocapillary effects. The second area concerns emulsions and foams. In this area of particular interest are topics related to stability; film drainage; polyelectrolyte and surfactants additives; self assembled systems, and liquid emulsion membranes. Colloidal techniques are of special interest. The third area is related to biophysical study of biofilms and biomembranes. Areas of particular interest include self-assembled monolayers, supported lipid bilayers, model membranes, lung surfactants. In this context modeling methodologies are also sought. The fourth area concerns applications. Applications in wide variety of areas such as nanomedicine, microbubbles, biosensor, petroleum processing, stimuli responsive interfaces; textured surfaces; smart textiles and membranes; environmental application; separations based on structured interfaces; pharmaceutical, and microfluidics.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015