Flow(ers) and jam(mers): from liquid crystals to grains



Soft condensed matter is composed of macromolecules or aggregates, with interactions that are too complex and/or too weak to drive spontaneous crystallisation. Small external forces, or changes in temperature, pressure and concentration, induce significant structural changes, from the micro to the mesoscale, which in turn dominate the system's static and dynamical responses.

At this workshop researchers will gather to discuss advances in understanding polymers, liquid crystals, emulsions, colloidal suspensions and granular materials. Each of these topics is a mature field of research, but together they have evolved into a coherent branch of physics, with a growing scope, where ideas cross over between topics.

While reflecting the diversity of soft matter, the workshop aims at demonstrating a common research strategy, based on simple models and experiments. In this context, self-assembled hierarchical structures, where aggregates form under equilibrium conditions, and the unusual dynamics of glassy and jammed systems, are two of the themes that will be highlighted.

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June 17th, Wednesday
8:45 - 9:00 Opening
9:00 - 10:00 D. Bonn
Density of states of colloidal glasses
10:00 - 11:00 P. Cluzeau
Experimental studies on the self-organization of colloidal inclusions in liquid crystal membranes
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:00 M. Tasinkevych
Defects structure and effective pair interactions in nematic colloids
12:00 - 12:30 N.M. Silvestre
Islands in free standing smectic C films
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 A. Parry
The Trouble with Critical Wetting
15:00 - 16:00 J.M. Romero Enrique
Elastic contribution to the free energy of a nematic in presence of a structured substrate: beyond Berreman's approach
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:00 C. Leal
Rheological study on diluted micellar solutions of CTAB/NaSal/KBr
17:00 - 17:20 M.T. Cidade
Electrorheological study of low molecular weight nematic liquid crystals: experimental and theoretical results
17:20 - 17:40 C. Rascon
Wedge Filling: Local and Non-Local Hamiltonians
17:40 - 18:00 N. Bernardino
Wetting of hairy surfaces
June 18th, Thursday
9:00 - 10:00 R. Dullens
Structure, dynamics and manipulation of colloidal systems
10:00 - 11:00 L. Harnau
Liquid crystals in contact with structured substrates
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:00 M.H. Godinho
Cellulosic Spirals and Helices
12:00 - 12:30 S. Luding
Can one obtain a yield-locus from a single DEM simulation?
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 H. Herrmann
Dense colloids and flow through porous structures
15:00 - 15:30 M.T. Sellitto
In and out of equilibrium inverse freezing
15:30 - 16:00 A. Santos
Kinetic theory of mixtures of inelastic rough hard spheres
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:00 R. Baram
Superdiffusion of massive particles induced by multi-scale flows
17:00 - 17:20 U.M.B. Marconi
Rectification and Fluctuations of granular tracers
17:20 - 17:40 F. Dalton
Investigating granular friction through vibration
17:40 - 18:00 M. Yamanoi
Effects of hydrodynamic interaction on fibre suspension
June 19th, Friday
9:00 - 10:00 F. Sciortino
Gel-forming patchy colloids
10:00 - 10:30 F. de los Santos
Diffusion anomaly in a cell model for water
10:30 - 11:00 A.M. Puertas
Trapped colloidal particle at constant speed
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:00 P. Teixeira
How patchy can one get and still condense?
12:00 - 12:30 P.I. Hurtado
When Glass and Gel Meet
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 R. Piazza
Complex depletion and gelation in surfactant+colloid mixtures
15:00 - 15:30 T. Schilling
Crystallization and glass formation in hard ellipsoids
15:30 - 15:50 P.D. Duncan
The Cubatic Phase in Truncated Sphere and Square Platelet Systems
15:50 - 16:00 M. Dennison
Dynamical Properties of Cubatic Liquid Crystals
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 - 16:50 D. de las Heras
Demixing in two-dimensional anisotropic fluids
16:50 - 17:00 J. Guzowski
Effects of Confinement on Free Energy of Particles at Fluid Interfaces
17:00 - 17:10 M. Pereira
Rheological Experimental Data on Micellar CTAB Aqueous Solutions, using HSal and NaSal
17:10 - 17:20 F. Vega Reyes
Fourier states in a low density granular gas
17:20 - 17:30 A. Astillero
Analysis of the longitudinal uniform flow in a granular gas by means of computer grid DSMC simulations
17:30 - 17:40 M.A. Rodriguez Valverde
Percolation threshold of acid-etched titanium from Minkowski's functionals
Lisbon, 17-19th June 2009