Soft Matter Symposium 2019


8:45 am-4:00 pm
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Emerson Alumni Hall
1938 West University Ave
Gainesville, FL 32611


This year we’re celebrating the 5th anniversary of our event by surveying the diversity of topics covered since we started in 2015. We’ll be bringing together experts in rheology, soft tribology and contact mechanics, cell and tissue mechanics, soft matter manufacturing, and many other topics under the umbrellas of soft matter, active matter, biophysics, and biomaterials

Session 1

8:45 – Day 2 Welcome: Katerina Aifantis

9:00 – Yannis G. Kevrekidis, John Hopkins University

9:30 – Ryan C. Hayward, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Shaping and reshaping polymer sheets with light

10:00 – Princess Imoukhuede, Washington University in St. Louis
Cell subtyping and quantification in tissue, tumor, and beyond

10:30 – 11:00 Break

Session 2

11:00 – Daniel A. Hammer, University of Pennsylvania
Autonomous motility and spontaneous organelle formation in protocells.

11:30 – Elias C. Aifantis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Nonlocal Gradient Effects in Soft Matter Models: Applications to Living and Non-living Materials

12:00 – Romesh C. Batra, Virginia Tech

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch

Session 3

1:30 – Lihua Jin, University of California, Los Angeles
Swelling, curling, and vibration of responsive hydrogels

2:00 – Jiajie Diao, University of Cincinnati
Lysosome clustering for membrane fusion involved in autophagosome maturation

2:30 – Stavroula Sofou, John Hopkins University
Phase transitions on lipid bilayers: collective membrane properties enabling drug delivery

3:00 – Xin Tang, UF, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Closing Session

3:30 – Closing discussion

Conference Closes at 4:00 PM


Hosted by

Tommy Angelini