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Workshop 4

Wednesday, May 9
401 Rm. A1100
9:00 - 12:00
1:00 - 4:30

WK4 - Kinetics and Dynamics in Soft Condensed Matter

Organizer:
Alec Sandy, Advanced Photon Source

To agenda > (updated April 4, 2007)


Overview

Soft condensed matter is of interest both technologically and scientifically.  For example, on the technological side, the unique mesoscopic properties of soft matter find application in the food, personal-care, paint and pharmaceutical product industries.  On the scientific side, soft matter is of interest, among many other reasons, because of its hierarchical scales of assembly and dynamics.  The theme of this workshop, therefore, is twofold.  The first part will address kinetics in such types of materials while the second part will examine the complex dynamics associated with these systems.  Among the topics we expect to cover are the following: self-assembly of nanostructures, applications of di-block copolymer based devices, dynamics in colloidal suspensions, dynamics in nanocomposites and the glass transition in polymeric thin films and the bulk.

Agenda

Session A -- Kinetics and Non-Equilibrium Dynamics (Chair: P. Thiyagarajan, Intense Pulsed Neutron Source)
9:00 - 9:05 Opening Remarks
9:05 - 9:35

Heterodyne X-ray Intensity Fluctuation Spectroscopy of Filled EPDM Rubbers
Mark Sutton, McGill University

9:35 - 10:05 Dynamics and Rheology of a Polymer Bicontinuous Microemulsion
Wesley Burghardt, Northwestern University
10:05 - 10:30 Break
Session B -- Structure and Dynamics in Confined Films and at Surfaces, and Interfaces (Chair: Larry Lurio, Northern Illinois University)
10:30 - 11:00

Dynamics at Surfaces and Interfaces in Polymer Bilayer Films
Jyotsana Lal, Intense Pulsed Neutron Source, Argonne National Laboratory

11:00 - 11:30 Structural Relaxation of Polymer Glasses at Surfaces, Interfaces and In Between
John Torkelson, Northwestern University
11:30 - 12:00

Kinetics and Dynamics in Nanocomposite Thin Films
Suresh Narayanan, Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
Session C -- Dynamics in Complex Systems (Chair: Alec Sandy, APS)
13:00 - 13:30

Dynamics and Internal Stress in Polymer Nanocomposites
R. A. Narayanan, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

13:30 - 14:00

Structural Characterization of Asymmetric Block Copolymer Thin Films Using Resonant Soft X-ray Scattering
Nitash Balsara, University of California, Berkeley

14:00 - 14:30 Break
Session D -- Jamming (Chair: Simon Mochrie, Yale University)
14:30 - 15:00 Dynamics in the Marginally Jammed Solid
Sidney Nagel, The University of Chicago
15:00 - 15:30 Aging and Gelation in Nanocolloidal Suspensions
Robert Leheny, Johns Hopkins University
15:30 - 16:00 Theory of Slow Dynamics, Kinetic Vitrification, and Heterogeneity in Glassy Particle Suspensions
Kenneth Schweizer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
16:00 - 16:30 Dynamical Evolution of Shear Recovery in Concentrated Gels and Nano-emulsions
James Harden, University of Ottawa
16:30 Adjourn
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