Geometry of Soft Matter

Workshop | Monday, May 21, 2018 - Friday, May 25, 2018
Directors:
Efi Efrati
Luiz Evangelista
Elisabetta Matsumoto
Ricardo Mosna
Italo Oliveira
Jonathan Selinger
Eran Sharon

OVERVIEW

The mechanics of solids has been revolutionized by new experimental and theoretical advances. The ability to print structures made of inhomogeneous materials or structures with fine scale engineered porosity, to manipulate biological and orientable materials, and to actuate responsive materials raises many new questions and challenges. Specifically, structures made of soft materials sustain large reversible deformations and can undergo dramatic shape transformations. In many cases, traditional linearized theories are not suitable for the description of such deformations, or for the design of such soft complex structures.

 

In recent years, theorists have found that geometric considerations and exact geometric formulation are useful in determining what types of structures, deformations, and defects can form, even in cases where traditional theories fail. The same local and global geometric notions, and the connections between them, have been used by experimentalists to design and build new mechanical systems, which can undergo controlled shape changes driven by heating or other energy input.

 

The range of systems to which these concepts are successfully applied is increasing rapidly. These include both equilibrium and non-equilibrium systems of synthetic and biological materials from macroscopic down to nano-scales. Accordingly, the scientific community that is interested in the geometry of soft matter is quite broad. It includes soft matter and solid state physicists, biophysicists, chemists, mechanical engineers, architects, textile designers and even artists. This young and diverse scientific community is united by interest in how the deep and powerful concepts of differential geometry can be used for the design and control of soft matter.

 

The workshop "Geometry of Soft Matter" will bring together researchers working on different aspects of this field. It will enable the participants to develop new insights by comparing geometrical considerations from different materials, and also to develop new research collaborations. The International Institute of Physics is an ideal location to connect researchers in this field from Latin America, the United States, Europe, and the rest of the world.

 

Topics that will be discussed during the workshop:  

  • Elasticity of soft solids
  • Structure of self-assembled aggregates
  • Growth of biological tissues
  • Geometrically frustrated liquid-crystal phases
  • Liquid crystal elastomers with programmed director configurations
  • Statistical mechanics of free-standing graphene sheets
  • Origami, kirigami, auxetics, and mechanisms
  • Topological mechanics
  • Geometry and mechanics of textiles

REGISTRATION

In order to assist the organizing staff to timely issue invitation and visa letters, book accommodation and communicate important information, the prospective particpants are kindly asked to regsiter by clicking on the "Register" button at the top of this page.

 Registration deadline: April 21, 2018

REGISTRATION FEE

The policy of the International Institute of Physics with respect to organization of events demands collecting a registration fee from the participants. Members of the local community (institutions in Natal) are considered as free listeners and are exempt from paying the fee.

 

Students = R$ 300 Brazilian reais 

Postdocs/Professionals = R$ 600 Brazilian reais 

 

*Registration fee is accepted in cash only.

** Information about lodging will be posted soon.

 

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Available for those who qualify for financial help. You may apply for financial support when filling out your registration form (Registration page).  

 

For more information, please contact our events department at: events@iip.ufrn.br

 

EVENT PROGRAM
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Date Time Speakers Name Talk Title

Monday

May 21, 2018

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Francesca Serra

Invited speaker

Johns Hopkins University

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Fernando Moraes

Invited speaker

UFPB

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Michael Moshe

Invited speaker

Harvard University

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Paola Nardinocchi

Invited speaker

University of Rome

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Len Pismen

Invited speaker

Technion

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Leo Radzihovsky

Invited speaker

University of Colorado-Boulder

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Alejandro Rey

Invited speaker

McGill University

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Zeb Rocklin

Invited speaker

Cornell University

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Christian Santangelo

Invited speaker

University of Massachusetts

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Robin Selinger

Invited speaker

Kent State University

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Carl Modes

Invited speaker

MPI-CBG

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Yair Shokef

Invited speaker

Tel Aviv University

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Ivan Smalyukh

Invited speaker

University of Colorado

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Daniel Sussman

Invited speaker

Syracuse University

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Daina Taimina

Invited speaker

Cornell University

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Luciano Teresi

Invited speaker

University of Rome

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Epifanio Virga

Invited speaker

University of Pavia

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Mark Warner

Invited speaker

University of Cambridge

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Claudio Zannoni

Invited speaker

University of Bologna

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Rafael Zola

Invited speaker

Federal University of Technology - Parana

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Marcelo Dias

Invited speaker

Aarhus University

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Tim Atherton

Invited speaker

Tufts University

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Daniel Beller

Invited speaker

Harvard University

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Anne Bernheim

Invited speaker

Ben-Gurion University

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Luis Bonilla

Invited speaker

University of Madrid

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Mark Bowick

Invited speaker

Syracuse University

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Robijn Bruinsma

Invited speaker

University of California, Los Angeles

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Benny Davidovitch

Invited speaker

University of Massachusetts

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Antonio De Simone

Invited speaker

SISSA

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Haim Diamant

Invited speaker

Tel Aviv University

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Hillel Aharoni

Invited speaker

University of Pennsylvania

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Antonio Figueiredo Neto

Invited speaker

University of São Paul

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Greg Grason

Invited speaker

University of Massachusetts

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Ryan Hayward

Invited speaker

University of Massachusetts

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

William Irvine

Invited speaker

University of Chicago

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Randall Kamien

Invited speaker

University of Pennsylvania

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Andrej Kosmrlj

Invited speaker

Princeton University

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Alex Levine

Invited speaker

University of California, Los Angeles

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Danilo Liarte

Invited speaker

Cornell University

TBA

09:00 am - 09:30 am

Alessandro Lucantonio

Invited speaker

SISSA

TBA