Seminars

The MRSEC holds seminars presenting research at the frontier of Bioinspired Soft Materials. The seminars are targeted towards grad students and other researchers in the field, although everyone is invited to attend. As the topic is highly interdisciplinary, seminars are designed to be accessible to a wide range of backgrounds. 

The seminars, for the remainder of the semester, take place online in a virtual format via Zoom. A link will be posted for each seminar.

MRSEC Seminars Organizer:
John Berezney (Dogic/Fraden Lab Postdoc)

Thursday, August 6, 2020
MRSEC Seminar: Self propelling droplets - a biomimetic model system
Corinna C Maaß, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self Organization
Abstract: Living things move: ranging from schools of big fish down to single-celled organisms like algae and bacteria. To test and understand the physical principles enabling complex biological locomotion strategies and dynamics, we require well controlled artificial model systems, with minimal complexity while still reproducing a maximum of features. Our system of choice are oil droplets, self propelling in a micellar surfactant solution. In this talk I want to give a flavour of how these can reproduce a wealth of biomimetic phenomena: gait switching, oscillating and helical swimming, interaction via chemical signalling and ordered clustering. All these effects can be explained by fundamental physicochemical models of e.g. hydrodynamic instabilities, molecular kinetics or the topology of nematogenic droplets. 
4PM - Zoom link to seminar

Thursday, August 13, 2020
MRSEC Seminar: Nanoparticle, Segmental & Chain Dynamics in Polymer Nanocomposites 
Karen Winey, University of Pennsylvania
4PM - Zoom link to seminar

Thursday, August 27, 2020
MRSEC Seminar 
Arup Chakraborty, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4PM - Zoom link to seminar

Thursday, September 3, 2020
MRSEC Seminar 
Daniel Blair, Georgetown University
4PM - Zoom link to seminar

Thursday, September 10, 2020
MRSEC Seminar 
Linda Hirst, University of California, Merced
4PM - Zoom link to seminar

Thursday, October 1, 2020
MRSEC Seminar 
Miranda Holmes-Cerfon, New York University
4PM - Zoom link to seminar

 

See past events.