List of Events



MRSEC SEMINARS-EVENTS

MRSEC Seminars are normally held at 4:00 p.m.  in Abelson 229, unless otherwise noted.
Find  Abelson-Bass-Yalem building on the  interactive map.
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Thursday, August 14, 2014 
4 p.m.

Room: Abelson 229, Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Yaouen Fily, Brandeis University
Title: TBA
Abstract: TBA
Host: M. Hagan



Thursday, August 21, 2014 
9:30 a.m.
Room: Abelson 307, Brandeis University
MRSEC Executive Committee Meeting




Thursday, August 28, 2014 
4 p.m.

Room: Abelson 229, Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Chandan Dasgupta, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Title: TBA
Abstract: TBA
Host:  B. Chakraborty





Thursday, September 4, 2014 
4 p.m.

Room: Abelson 229, Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Douglas Brumley, MIT Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Title: TBA
Abstract: TBA
Host:  Z. Dogic




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




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