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

08:45 am - 09:15 am

REGISTRATION/OPENING

09:15 am - 10:00 am

Fernando Moraes

Invited speaker

UFRPE

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Danilo Liarte

Invited speaker

Cornell University

11:00 am - 11:30 am

COFFEE BREAK

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Daniel Beller

Invited speaker

Harvard University

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Ivan Smalyukh

Invited speaker

University of Colorado

12:45 pm - 02:00 pm

LUNCH BREAK

02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

OPEN DISCUSSION I

03:00 pm - 03:45 pm

Antonio De Simone

Invited speaker

SISSA

TBA

03:45 pm - 04:15 pm

Yair Shokef

Invited speaker

Tel Aviv University

04:15 pm - 04:45 pm

Denys Santos

Invited speaker

Federal University of Pernambuco

04:45 pm - 05:15 pm

COFFEE BREAK

05:15 pm - 05:45 pm

Luciano Teresi

Invited speaker

University of Rome

05:45 pm - 06:30 pm

Leo Radzihovsky

Invited speaker

University of Colorado-Boulder

Tuesday

May 22, 2018

09:00 am - 09:45 am

Daina Taimina

Invited speaker

Cornell University

09:45 am - 10:15 am

Michael Moshe

Invited speaker

Harvard University

10:15 am - 10:45 am

Daniel Sussman

Invited speaker

Syracuse University

10:45 am - 11:15 am

COFFEE BREAK

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Robijn Bruinsma

Invited speaker

University of California, Los Angeles

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Anne Bernheim

Invited speaker

Ben-Gurion University

12:30 pm - 01:45 pm

LUNCH BREAK

01:45 pm - 02:15 pm

Alejandro Rey

Invited speaker

McGill University

02:15 pm - 02:45 pm

Luis Bonilla

Invited speaker

University of Madrid

02:45 pm - 03:15 pm

Moumita Das

Invited Lecturers

Rochester Institute of Technology

03:15 pm - 03:45 pm

Thomas Powers

Invited speaker

Brown University

03:45 pm - 04:00 pm

COFFEE BREAK

04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Mark Warner

Invited speaker

University of Cambridge

05:00 pm - 06:00 pm

POSTER SESSION

Wednesday

May 23, 2018

09:00 am - 09:45 am

Antonio Figueiredo Neto

Invited speaker

University of São Paul

09:45 am - 10:15 am

Dora Izzo

Invited speaker

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

10:15 am - 10:45 am

Paola Nardinocchi

Invited speaker

University of Rome

10:45 am - 11:15 am

COFFEE BREAK

11:15 am - 11:45 am

Benny Davidovitch

Invited speaker

University of Massachusetts

11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Erik Luijten

Invited speaker

Northwestern University

TBA

12:30 pm - 02:00 pm

LUNCH BREAK

02:00 pm - 06:00 pm

GROUP EXCURSION

Thursday

May 24, 2018

09:15 am - 10:00 am

Rafael Zola

Invited speaker

Federal University of Technology - Parana

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Francesca Serra

Invited speaker

Johns Hopkins University

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Elisabetta Matsumoto

Invited speaker

Georgia Institute of Technology

11:00 am - 11:30 am

COFFEE BREAK

11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Italo Oliveira

Invited speaker

Federal University of Alagoas

02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

OPEN DISCUSSION II

03:00 pm - 03:45 pm

Mark Warner

Invited speaker

University of Cambridge

03:45 pm - 04:15 pm

Hillel Aharoni

Invited speaker

University of Pennsylvania

04:15 pm - 04:45 pm

Haim Diamant

Invited speaker

Tel Aviv University

04:45 pm - 05:15 pm

COFFEE BREAK

05:15 pm - 05:45 pm

Marcelo Dias

Invited speaker

Aarhus University

05:45 pm - 06:15 pm

Alessandro Lucantonio

Invited speaker

SISSA

07:30 pm - 09:00 pm

CONFERENCE DINNER

Friday

May 25, 2018

09:00 am - 09:45 am

Randall Kamien

Invited speaker

University of Pennsylvania

09:45 am - 10:15 am

Julianne Simmchen

Invited speaker

TU Dresden

10:15 am - 10:45 am

Suraj Shankar

Invited speaker

Syracuse University

10:45 am - 11:15 am

COFFEE BREAK

11:15 am - 11:45 am

Julien Chopin

Invited speaker

Federal University of Bahia

11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Andrej Kosmrlj

Invited speaker

Princeton University

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

CONCLUDING REMARKS

12:45 pm - 02:00 pm

LUNCH BREAK