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MRSEC SEMINARS-EVENTS

MRSEC Seminars are normally held at 4:00 p.m.  in Abelson 229, unless otherwise noted.
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Thursday, September 18, 2014 
4 p.m.

Room: Abelson 229, Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Anupam Sengupta, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT
Title: Towards Topological Microfluidics: Harnessing surface, elastic and viscous interactions at micro-scales
Abstract: The hydrodynamic properties of nematic liquid crystals are characterized by a complex mutual coupling between flow, viscosity, and nematic order. While the flow behaviour of nematic bulk samples is well known, corresponding studies in microfluidic settings are still at an early stage. The presence of the four confining channel walls—and in particular the nature of the surface anchoring of the nematic order on the walls—adds new phenomena to the already rich and multi-faceted flow behaviour. Topological Microfluidics harnesses these interactions, and provides a novel pathway to engineer templates to tune flow and topology. Through easily accessible experimental parameters, we produce, position and navigate topological defects in liquid crystal, which are then used as soft rails for guided transport of colloids and droplets, or light beam for photonic applications. Currently, we are developing tools for generating topological motifs through hydrodynamic singularities. Under appropriate flow and boundary conditions, one can hierarchically tune the strength of the resulting topological defects. The results are aimed towards motivating a fundamental theoretical understanding of the coupling interactions: specifically those between the hydrodynamic and the topological singularities. I will conclude the talk with some emerging concepts in Topological Microfluidics and their possible relevance in microbial biophysics.
https://sites.google.com/site/anupamsengupta/
Host: Z. Dogic




Friday, September 19, 2014 


Next Friday, September 19, is the New England Complex Fluids Workshop at Brandeis. The workshop's objective is to exchange information and encourage collaboration among researchers from industry and academe studying Soft Materials. Please consider presenting a "soundbite" consisting of a 4 minute update on your research in the form of 4 powerpoint slides. The soundbite concept is to present ongoing work, rather than completed projects.  It is the 60th meeting of NECFW, which has members from 15 regional universities and is a good opportunity for you to show your work to an audience from outside of Brandeis. Registration is required at New England Complex Fluids Workshop, but free.

Announcement

Schedule

60th New England Complex Fluids Workshop
Shapiro Campus Center Theater
Brandeis University
September 19, 2014

SCHEDULE

Registration & Coffee: 9:00 - 9:30 AM

Shapiro Campus Center, Room 236.

2 Talks: 9:30AM - 11:00 AM, Shapiro Theater (30 minutes + 10 discussion)

9:30 AM – Eric Brown, Engineering, Yale

 Dynamic behavior of shear thickening suspensions

10:15 AM – Jorn Dunkel, Math, MIT (30 minutes + 10 discussion)

Hydrodynamics and control of microbial swimming

Coffee: 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Shapiro Center, Room 236

Sound Bites: 11:30 - 12:30 PM, Shapiro Theater

Four minute updates of current research

Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Shapiro Center, Room 236

2 Talks: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM, Shapiro Theater

1:30 PM – Alexandra Zidovska, Physics, NYU (30 min + 10 discussion)

Positional Fluctuations of Interphase Chromatin

2:15 PM – Erkan Tuzel, Physics, WPI (30 min + 10 discussion)

 Cooperative intracellular transport by populations of different kinesin motors

Coffee: 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Shapiro Center, Room 236

Sound Bites: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Shapiro Theater

Four minute updates of current research

Registration (free) required: http://complexfluids.org/

Registration deadline: 8am, September 17, 2014

Sponsored by the Brandeis University NSF MRSEC: Bioinspired Soft Materials





Thursday, October 16, 2014 
4 p.m.

Room: Abelson 229, Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Thomas Miller, Dept of Chemistry, Caltech
Title: TBA
Abstract: TBA
Host: M. Hagan


Friday, November 7, 2014 
4 p.m.

Room: Abelson 229, Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: David L. Hu, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering Georgia Tech
Title: TBA
Abstract: TBA
Host: Z. Dogic







Friday, November 7, 2014 
Time: 9 am
Room: Abelson 229, Brandeis University
MRSEC PREM 
Friday, November 21, 2014 
11:15 am
Room: Abelson 131, Shapiro Science Center, Brandeis University
MRSEC On-Campus Retreat






Monday, November 24, 2014 
4 p.m.

Room: Abelson 229, Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Jayson Paulose, Dept. of Physics, Leiden University 
Title: TBA
Abstract: TBA
Host: Z. Dogic