Self-Assembly of Soft Matter: Models & Methods

This is the webpage for Self-Assembly of Soft Matter: Models & Methods seminars

These seminars are organized by Daniel J. Ratliff, Loughborough University and Priya Subramanian, University of Oxford

These seminars will take place over three days online on Monday 18, Tuesday 19 and Thursday 21 May 2020 at 15.00 BST

Recordings from the meeting are avialable here.

Soft matter systems such as colloids, block co-polymer micelles and dendrimers self-organise to form complex patterns when cooled from a melt. Recent efforts in this area focus on the modelling needed to successfully predict thresholds of different crystalline phases and to investigate their growth dynamics. This mini-symposium will highlight the use of phase field crystal, density functional and molecular dynamical models to examine the (i) influence of metastable states at a liquid-crystal interface, (ii) grain growth and defect dynamics and (iii) competition between different polymorphs. This mini-symposium will foster discussions between emerging and experienced researchers investigating self-assembly of soft matter and identify potential new modelling and computational techniques to advance this field.

Schedule for Monday 18 May 2020

15.00 Apala Majumdar, University of Strathclyde
Exotic defects in confined nematic systems
15.30 Break
15.45 Alastair Rucklidge, University of Leeds
Modelling soft matter quasicrystals
16.20 Seminar closes

Schedule for Tuesday 19 May 2020

15.00 Alberto Scacchi, Loughborough University
A general strategy for finding soft matter quasicrystals
15.30 Break
15.45 Ken Elder, Oakland University
Modelling displasive phase transitions and multiferroicity using phase field crystal models
16.20 Seminar closes

Schedule for Thursday 21 May 2020

15.00 Merin Joseph, University of Leeds
Two length scale phase separation in block copolymers
15.30 Break
15.45 James Lutsko, Universite Libre de Bruxelles
Non-classical nucleation of crystals: a theoretical approach to understanding nucleation pathways
16.20 Seminar closes

Abstracts The abstracts can be found here

Zoom is the online platform being used to deliver this seminar series.

This seminar series is supported as part of the ICMS/INI Online Mathematical Sciences Seminars.