UK Soft Matter Showcase

4th and 5th July, Lecture Theatre C James Clerk Maxwell Building, University of Edinburgh

Registration is available via epay

The registration fee of £100 covers attendance, refreshments and the conference dinner.

The provisional programme is below:

Wednesday 4th July

09:00 Registration

09:30 Keynote: Prof Colin Bain, Durham University, “Watching Ink Dry”

10:15 Keynote:  Dr Mathew Horrocks, University of Edinburgh, "Super resolution microscopy for the understanding of protein aggregation in neurodegenerative disorders"

11:00 Coffee

11:20 Alessandro Gulotta, University of Leeds, “Solvency effects on biopolymer interactions in pectin gels”

11:45 Rahul Chacko, Durham University, “Vorticity Banding in Dense Suspensions”

12:05 Pete Wyatt, University of Leeds, “Grating Aligned Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals for use in Fast Switching Devices”

12:30 Vishal Makwana, University of Edinburgh, “Aromatic-aliphatic polyesters built through Ring-Opening Polymerisation”

13:00 Lunch

14:15 Keynote: Prof. Alex Routh, University of Cambridge, "Late embryogenesis abundant (LEA) proteins. How do they function?"

15:00 Invited Talk: Dr Davide Michieletto, University of Edinburgh, "Physical Principles of HIV Integration in the Human Genome" 

15:30 Invited Talk: Prof. Alex Lips, University of Edinburgh, “Soft Interfaces During Application of Skin Emulsions”

16:00 Coffee

16:15 Keynote: Dr Andela Šarić, University College London, “Sensing and creating mechanical forces by protein assembly”

17:00 Close

19:00 Public Lecture: Professor Niamh Nic Daeid, Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science. The lecture will be held in the Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB

Thursday 5th July

09:30 Keynote: Prof. Neil McKeown  

10:15 Keynote: Dr Stuart Prescott, UNSW Sydney “Molecules at interfaces: what do we really know?”

11:00 Coffee 

11:30 Invited Talk: Dr Katherine Rumble, University of Edinburgh, "Bicontinuous Interfacially Jammed Emulsion Gels"

12:00 Invited Talk: Marion Roullet, Unilever, University of Edinburgh, "Viscosity of Food Emulsions: a Semi-Empirical Model"

12:30 Invited Talk. Dr Mike Ries, University of Leeds, "Sweet Molten Salts, dissolving carbohydrates in ionic liquids"

13:00 Lunch

14:15 Andrew Christy, Durham University,Modelling liquid-liquid phase separation”

14:40 Rashmi Seneviratne, University of Leeds. “Understanding the properties of hybrid vesicles for applications in biotechnology”

15:05 Yujie Jiang, University of Edinburgh, “Shear-tunable Binary Suspensions”

15:30 Natasha Boulding, Durham University, “Design and characterisation of functional polymers for solid dispersion”

16:00 Coffee

16:20 Keynote: Prof. Jamie Hobbs, University of Sheffield, “Using AFM to unravel the molecular organisation of a complex natural hydrogel - the bacterial cell wall”

17:15 Close

19:00 Dinner at the Balmoral Hotel