New Perspectives of Synthetic and Biological Soft Matter (#57)

During the last decade, Soft Matter science has developed into an independent scientific discipline lying at the interface of chemistry, physics, materials science and biology. Soft materials inherently possess hierarchical organization and complex mechanical, flow and relaxation behavior with relaxation times also having a hierarchical distributed character. There are many challenges associated with characterizing and quantifying the structure and dynamical properties of these materials because they are often non-crystalline although locally highly ordered and their rheological behavior is often intermediate in between Hookean solids and Newtonian liquids. Self-assembly of synthetic molecules allows us to design materials with hierarchical order and complexity mimicking biological systems and such systems offer a new route for the fabrication of novel materials. There is then a critical need to develop model self-assembling soft material systems from which the principles and properties can be investigated by both precise measurements and simulations.
Focus topics will include:
Self-Assembly and Gelation of Synthetic Polymers, Biopolymers and Biomimetic Polymers
Hydrogels and Organogels
Self-Assembled Structures based on DNA
Self-Assembly of Protein based Polymers
Self-Assembled Template-Directed Synthesis of Nanostructured Materials
Theoretical and Computational Models of Self-Assembly and the Dynamics of Soft Matters
Smart Biomaterials, Stimuli Responsive Materials
Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015