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Date: 24-26 February 2013 Location: Salou, Spain
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2nd Workshop on biomaterials and their interactions with biological and model membranes 2013 will be held at the hotel Magnolia****, Salou (Costa Dorada), Spain,
24-26 February 2013.

This meeting follows up the 1st Workshop held in Salou 19-23 September 2011. The selected contributions to the meeting will be published in the web themed issue "Interaction of nano-objects with lipid membranes" in Soft Matter.
Soft matter | Views: 931 | Date: 16.12.2012 | Rating: / | Comments (0)

Date: 16-21 June 2013 Location: Pisa, Italy
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1. From monomers to polymers; New feedstocks and biotech resources; Novel synthetic routes 
Organized by D. Caretti, S. Hvilsted, E. Malstrom, M. Meier

2. Advanced characterization and analysis of polymer structure, processability and final properties 
Organized by G. Guerra, A. Galeski, L. Klentjens, V. Khunova

3. Polymers at surfaces and interfaces across multiple length scales; Polymers and nanotechnology 
Organized by R. Bongiovanni, O. Ikkala, A. R. Khokhlov, K. J. Wynne

4. Biobased and biorelated polymeric materials; Environmental applications 
Organized by M. Malinconico, S. Slomkowski, M. Zigon

5. Polymers and sustainable development: Energy saving and recovery; Food applications; Recycling and life cycle assessment 
Organized by P. Lomellini, P. Halley, M. Ivankovic, R. W. Lang

6. Polymers for biomedicine, pharmaceutics, and healthcare systems 
Organized by M. Laus, O. Philippova, J. San Roman, N. Tirelli

7. Polymers for energy, optics, photonics, and electronics 
Organized by R. Po’, M. Omastova, T. Ikeda, J. Stejksal

Soft matter | Views: 2001 | Date: 14.05.2012 | Rating: / | Comments (0)

Date: 18-20 october 2012 Location: Palma, Mallorca, Sopain
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Soft matter | Views: 1133 | Date: 18.04.2012 | Rating: / | Comments (0)

Date: 13-15 December 2011 Location: Manchester, UK
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CMMP11, with a wide range of symposia will reflect the breadth of condensed matter and materials physics - this series of conferences attracts the highest quality invited and plenary talks, and offers a forum for student presentations.

The conference includes:

  • Plenary lectures, given by internationally recognised speakers.
  • A wide range of symposia with both invited and contributed talks. The final programme will include symposia reflecting your contributions.
  • Poster sessions enabling scientists to present their work in an informal and convivial setting.
Soft matter | Views: 1032 | Date: 22.11.2011 | Rating: / | Comments (0)

Date: 11-13 September 2012 Location: London, UK
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This Faraday Discussion will consider recent developments in the study of biomembrane structure, ordering and dynamics, with particular emphasis on the roles of lipids in these phenomena. As well as discussing new experimental and theoretical findings and novel methodologies, the meeting will focus on exploring the relevance of concepts from amphiphile self-assembly and soft matter physics to understanding biomembranes.

Themes :


Lipid self-assembly
Structure, ordering and dynamics of membranes
Lateral segregation, trans-bilayer coupling and microdomains
Membrane curvature, micromechanics and fusion
Lipid-protein interactions: two-way coupling
Interactions of signalling lipids and other molecules with membranes
Biomedical and technological applications of lipid membranes

Soft matter | Views: 1318 | Date: 22.11.2011 | Rating: / | Comments (0)

Date: 25 - 27 May 2011 Location: Mainz, Germany
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The Mainz Materials Simulation Days are a series of discussion meetings focusing on method developments in computational materials science. The workshops are jointly organized by the groups of Prof. Kurt Kremer at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research and Prof. Friederike Schmid at the Physics Institute of the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. They will typically be of a 2 days duration starting at noon on Wednesday and finishing at noon on Friday.

We are planning this workshop for a total attendance not exceeding 80 people, to enable an atmosphere of lively discussions.

The fourth workshop will focus on various aspects of

Assembly and structure formation in biological systems, e.g. protein self-assembly; (multiscale) modelimg of biological materials

Driven Soft Matter Systems
Soft matter | Views: 1396 | Date: 27.04.2011 | Rating: / | Comments (0)

Date: October 10, 2011 to October 14, 2011 Location: University of Bremen, Germany
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The investigation of phenomena at hybrid biomaterials interfaces poses so far unresolved challenges to accurate, atomistic computational methods, since it involves dealing with mutually interacting phenomena spanning multiple time and length scales and requiring different levels of precision. In the biological community, deciphering the physics of complex units from motor proteins to ribosomes, from membrane channels to DNA packaging in the cell nucleus, has become possible by the advent of many new technologies to analyze and manipulate molecular systems at highest precision. Combining high-resolution structural analysis with high-performance computing enabled furthermore to simulate how the intrinsic structural movements of biological nanosystems combined with their optical, electrical or mechanical properties control or regulate their functions. Also aided by high-performance computing, new functional hybrid-materials were designed, some of which were inspired by biological systems. Understanding life from its molecular foundation, learning from it for technical applications and investigating how the interactions between living structures interact and the technical world may stimulate novel routes for materials design has become a very attractive field of research these days.

Presently, dynamical simulations of large chemical and/or biological molecules or of surface phenomena must rely on classical molecular dynamics to address the size and time scales relevant for such systems. However, there are some fundamental functions of proteins which require a quantum mechanical description. This includes catalytic reactions in enzymes, photo-induced processes in fluorescent proteins, light-energy conversion reactions in the photosynthesis. The same is true in materials science, where reactive adsorption processes on surfaces have to be described quantum mechanically in order to catch the basic features of the electron dynamics and related reactive chemistry. The level of complexity is increasing even more if the biosystems meet technical surfaces, interact chemically and form new functional units. The particular challenge in describing the dynamics of such hybrid systems involves:

(i) the quantum mechanical description of large molecules interacting with materials substrates,
(ii) combined quantum/classical/continuum descriptions to treat environmental conditions and
(iii) stochastic quantum mechanics combined with molecular dynamics to explore an extended configurational space.

Soft matter | Views: 1360 | Date: 15.02.2011 | Rating: / | Comments (0)

Date: July 5, 2011 to July 8, 2011 Location: CFCAM-RA, Centre Blaise Pascal, Lyon, France
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The aim of this workshop is to review, critically asses and compare the various ways to coarse-grain complex polymeric and biomolecular assemblies. In addition, the workshop will consider the conceptual and methodological challenges which arise when coarse-graining ideas are extended to dynamical problems and rheological properties of complex fluids.

The workshop will allow a confrontation of existing models and methodologies, like united atom descriptions, bond fluctuation models, effective segment and multi-blob approaches, non-Boltzmann sampling, self-consistent field theories, dissipative particle dynamics, density functional theory (DFT and its dynamical extension DDFT), multiparticle collisional dynamics, etc.

Multiscale modeling will be at the center of attention [8], as a bridging technique between microscopic and coarse grained descriptions. We will focus on coarse graining of linear chains, like homopolymers [5] or block copolymers [9], on systems with a more complex architecture, such as polymer brushes, dendrimers [10], microgels and star polymers mixed with polymer chains [11] and on the melt [12].

A particularly important class of complex fluids is provided by solutions of biopolymers, like DNA, RNA and proteins, which are among the natural systems that exhibit most striking self-assembling properties. The latter are fundamental building blocks of living organisms and viruses and their function is encoded in the structural elements they are made of. This is a rather unique property that stirs the interest of scientists from very different backgrounds. Although there are many different proteins with different structures and functions, they are all made of chains of the same 20 fundamental chemical units called amino acids. Biomolecules therefore represent a considerable theoretical challenge because of their intrinsic complexity. Fully atomistic models (although very precise in reproducing several experimental structural data) are computationally too expensive and they make the process of isolating the fundamental physical parameters a very difficult task. It is the objective of the proposed workshop to focus on bridging the gap between fully atomistic and simplified models for proteins. The state of the art of coarse graining strategies for bio-polymers will be discussed, providing an overview of current models such as effective potential models, the tube [13, 14], the caterpillar [15], and various models for DNA and RNA [16]. The workshop will give the opportunity to open new directions for future studies of important problems such as protein aggregation, protein design, structure prediction, and protein - bio-molecules interaction (protein- protein, protein - DNA/RNA and protein - membrane), all the way to protein evolution while retaining a high level of accuracy ensuring qualitative and quantitative predictive power. Extending further the applicability of coarse graining descriptions, the workshop will then focus on the study of the interface between bio materials and soft matter, e.g. studies of self-assembly of DNA coated colloids [17].
Soft matter | Views: 1396 | Date: 15.02.2011 | Rating: / | Comments (0)

Date: July 27, 2011 to July 29, 2011 Location: CECAM-USI, Lugano, Switzerland
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The purpose of this workshop is to bring together scientists from different backgrounds (simulation, theory and experiment) interested in the development of novel coarse-grained models to study the self-assembly processes in soft matter. In particular the discussion will be focused on the advantages and disadvantages of the different methodologies, and on the possibility of developing new methods that combine different computational approaches. Topics will range from "CG force field” development to simulations at the different relevant scales.
With this workshop we aim to answer the following striking questions that must be addressed to develop reliable computational methods to simulate self assembly mechanisms:
• How many details do we need to retain in our models to keep the appropriate physics and chemistry in the CG model?
• What general or particular forms of the intermolecular forces can describe the self assembly process and how can they be efficiently included in the CG models?
• How does the reduction of the degrees of freedom affect the dynamics of the self assembly mechanism?
• What are the optimal strategies for down-up (from atomistic simulation results) or top-down (from macroscopic experimental data) coarse-graining?
• How can we directly or indirectly describe the controlling variables for self-assembly (pH, temperature, pressure, solvents,concentration)
• Is it possible to investigate the disassembly mechanism?

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together scientists from different backgrounds (simulation, theory and experiment) interested in the development of novel coarse-grained models to study the self-assembly processes in soft matter. In particular the discussion will be focused on the advantages and disadvantages of the different methodologies, and on the possibility of developing new methods that combine different computational approaches. Topics will range from "CG force field” development to simulations at the different relevant scales.
With this workshop we aim to answer the following striking questions that must be addressed to develop reliable computational methods to simulate self assembly mechanisms:

• How many details do we need to retain in our models to keep the appropriate physics and chemistry in the CG model?
• What general or particular forms of the intermolecular forces can describe the self assembly process and how can they be efficiently included in the CG models?
• How does the reduction of the degrees of freedom affect the dynamics of the self assembly mechanism?
• What are the optimal strategies for down-up (from atomistic simulation results) or top-down (from macroscopic experimental data) coarse-graining?
• How can we directly or indirectly describe the controlling variables for self-assembly (pH, temperature, pressure, solvents,concentration)
• Is it possible to investigate the disassembly mechanism?
Soft matter | Views: 2300 | Date: 15.02.2011 | Rating: / | Comments (0)

Date: 27 - 28 January 2011 Location: Paris, France
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The thirty-first edition of the "Journées de Physique Statistique" will take place as in previous years at the l'Ecole Supérieure de Physique et Chimie de Paris, 10 rue Vauquelin, Paris 5ème, building N, top floor.
Soft matter | Views: 1266 | Date: 20.01.2011 | Rating: / | Comments (0)

Date: 2-4 June 2011 Location: Barcelona, Spain
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Date: 6 - 10 September 2011 Location: Wien, Austria
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The aim of the conference is to bring together scientists working on the liquid state of matter and on closely related topics, such as soft matter and biophysics. Thus the rapidly growing field covered by this conference series includes the physics, chemistry, biology, and chemical engineering of liquid matter as well as several areas of applied research.

The conference will consist of plenary lectures, topical symposia with keynote lectures and contributed oral presentations, as well as poster sessions. The highlights of the conference will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter.
Topics

1. Ionic and quantum liquids, liquid metals
2. Water, solutions and reaction dynamics
3. Liquid crystals
4. Polymers, polyelectrolytes, biopolymers
5. Colloids
6. Films, foams, surfactants, emulsions, aerosols
7. Confined fluids, interfacial phenomena
8. Supercooled liquids, glasses, gels
9. Non-equilibrium systems, rheology, nanofluidics
10. Biofluids, active matter
Soft matter | Views: 1496 | Date: 20.01.2011 | Rating: / | Comments (0)

Date: 11 - 15 July Location: Ayia Napa, Cyprus
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The conference will cover all the topics of Statistical Physics:

A. Foundations and theoretical aspects of classical, quantum and relativistic statistical physics and thermodynamics.

B. Mathematical aspects and methods: formalism, rigorous results, exact solutions, connections with the methods of high energy physics, string theory, mathematical statistics and information theory.

C. Nonequilibrium systems: classical, quantum and relativistic transport theory, Boltzmann and Fokker-Planck kinetics, nonlinear kinetics, dynamical systems, relaxation phenomena, random systems, chemical reactions, pattern formation etc.

D. Applications to physical systems: quantum systems, soft condensed matter, plasmas, fluids, surfaces and interfaces, disordered and glassy systems etc.

E. Interdisciplinary applications of statistical physics: biophysics, econophysics, social systems, networks, traffic flow, algorithmic problems, complex systems, etc.

F. Numerical Physics: Numerical methods and computer simulations in statistical physics, condensed mater, complex systems etc.
Soft matter | Views: 1197 | Date: 20.01.2011 | Rating: / | Comments (0)

Date: 14 to 17 June 2011 Location: Stuttgart, Germany
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From 14 to 17 June 2011, the elite of Simulation Technology research spotlights the city of Stuttgart for one of the major events in the Academic Year 2011: the International Conference on Simulation Technology (SimTech 2011). For four days, the University of Stuttgart will be all about molecular simulations, multi-scale and multi-physics mechanics, numerical mathematics and interactive visualisation.

These are just some of the research areas of SimTech - the Cluster of Excellence. More than 150 scientists from Stuttgart are currently conducting their high-class research within the cluster. At SimTech 2011, they present their latest results and start a discourse with researchers from the international community.
Soft matter | Views: 1282 | Date: 20.01.2011 | Rating: / | Comments (0)

Date: 23 May 2011 - 27 May 2011 Location: Santa Barbara, USA
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This conference is aimed at elucidating progress and challenges at the biological frontier of soft matter and polymer physics. Specifically, the conference will discuss important aspects of soft matter physics and their application to biological systems. It will also discuss the implementation of soft matter physics in the design of biomimetic materials. Within this conceptual framework the following topics will be addressed: Chromosomes and large scale DNA packing; Genome packing and self-organization of viruses; Protein-DNA interactions; Force transduction and cell motility; DNA based nanotechnology; Nanochannels; Physics views on biological evolution.

The conference will comprise invited lectures by leading scientists, as well as "virtual poster” session, in which everyone will have the chance to present his or her work on the conference web site ahead of time and then will introduce it in a short 2-3 minutes presentation, thereby encouraging for everyone intense interactions on the subjects of individual choice.
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Date: 26th June - 1st July , 2011 Location: Granada, Spain
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The topics selected for the conference are:

  1. Synthetic Routes: Monomers and Polymers from Bioresources and Advanced Methodologies
  2. New Analytical and Characterization Tools
  3. Advanced Processing and Recycling Technologies
  4. Polymers for Advanced Applications Including Energy, Transport, Packaging and Environmentally Friendly Activities
  5. Chemistry and Physics of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies
  6. Bioinspired Polymers, Bioengineering and Biotechnology

 Plenary speakers have confirmed their participation:

Opening lectures

Christopher K. Ober (Cornell University), President of the Polymer Division IUPAC
Allan Hoffman  (University of Washington, USA)

Plenary Conference speakers

Hiroyuki Nishide (Waseda University, Japan)
Cor Koning (University of Eindhoven, UE)
Krizysztof Matyjaszewski (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
Samuel I. Stupp  (Northwestern University, USA)
Ann-Christine Albertsson (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, UE)
Teruo Okano (Institute of the Adv. Biomed. Engineering and Science, Japan)
Jean M. J. Frechet (University of California at Berkeley, USA)
Jean Francois Gerard  (INSA, UE)
Eric Baer  (Case Western Reserve University, USA)


Soft matter | Views: 1999 | Date: 18.10.2010 | Rating: / | Comments (0)

Date: 4-8 October 2010 Location: Freiburg, Germany
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The overarching theme of the MMM2010 conference is "Tackling Materials Complexities via Computational Science." This theme selection reflects the intimate connection between multiscale materials modeling and the wider field of computational science. It also reflects the level of maturity that the field of multiscale materials research has come to. The conference encourages participation from academia, national laboratories, and industrial research facilities worldwide. The conference scope spans topics ranging from basic multiscale modeling principles all the way to computational materials design using the computational tools developed based upon these principles. The conference solicits theoretical, computational, and experimental contributions addressing one or more of the multiscale materials modeling issues.
Soft matter | Views: 1419 | Date: 16.03.2010 | Rating: / | Comments (0)

Date: 15-17 September 2010 Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
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The International Conference on Applied Physics aims to bring together academic scientists, leading engineers, industry researchers and scholar students to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Applied Physics, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.
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Date: 11-16 July 2010 Location: Glasgow, UK
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The 43rd IUPAC World Polymer Congress, 'Macro2010', is the latest in the series of the biennial meetings of the IUPAC Polymer Division. The series has been running for several decades and is the largest international multi-symposium conference dedicated to all aspects of polymer science and engineering.


Macro2010 is organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and hosted by the Pure and Applied Macromolecular Chemistry Group (Macro Group UK), a joint interest group of the RSC and the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI).

Themes


Macro2010 will have an overall focus on Polymer Science in the Service of Society.

Themes include:
Delivering New Polymers for Service in Society: Advances in Polymer Chemistry
Molecular to Macroscopic Behaviour of Polymers
Sustainability: Renewable Resources and Environmentally-Friendly Polymers
Polymers in Support of Life
Functional Polymers for Electronics, Energy and Analysis
Polymer Science in Everyday Life
Advances in Colloidal and Nanosize Polymer Materials
Young Polymer Scientists: Contributions, Nurturing and Networking

Details of the symposia within each of these eight themes and information on plenary speakers is available from the scientific programme pages of the website.

As well as the oral presentations, an important part of the congress will be the poster sessions - a great opportunity to network and present your work. Dedicated poster sessions associated with the symposia will run on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons of the congress.
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Date: 5-8 July 2010 Location: Granada, Spain
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This conference will bring together students and scientists interested in soft matter systems such as polymers, colloids, surfactants, membranes, biomaterials and their composites. Soft Matter is characterized by multi component mixtures, large ranges of length and time scales and many interacting degrees of freedom, leading to complex structures, phase behaviour and dynamics. This implies high sensitivity to external fields and ubiquitous and significant non-equilibrium phenomena.
Soft matter science requires an interdisciplinary approach connecting theoretical, computational and experimental physics, physical chemistry, material science and biology. A special focus of discussion in this context will be the application of soft matter concepts to biological and biomimetic systems.
In this field, basic science and a broad range of modern technological application encompassing also many aspects of nano-science are closely related. These links will be emphasized during this conference, thereby fostering the exchange between academia and industry.

There will be four types of presentations: plenary talks, invited and contributed talks, and posters. These will be chosen by the program committee in cooperation with the advisory board. The contributed talks will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Biophysics
Colloids
Polymers
Surfaces and Interfaces
Membranes
Dynamics of Complex Fluids
Soft nanotechnology
Self-assembly

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