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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellows' Seminar - The Physics of Capillary Assembly

10th February 2020, 13:00 to 14:00, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study, Dr Suzie Protiere (Institut Jean le Rond d’Alembert, Sorbonne University)


In this talk, Dr Suzie Protiere will describe various simple model systems where the spontaneous self-assembly of objects is provoked by the interplay between capillary forces and other forces such as gravity or elasticity at liquid interfaces. For example, at a small scale, capillary forces can be coupled with gravity to force the self-assembly of particles floating on a liquid into a large granular raft. A droplet placed on elastic fibres has a surface tension strong enough to induce their collapse. Many sectors of industry require to understand and control the assembly of small objects. For example in food processing, cosmetics or detergence emulsions or foams are stabilized with particles and understanding their interactions is key. In the fabrication processes of paper or textiles, fibres interact with liquids, which has consequences on the strengthening, swelling or fibrillation of such fibrous media. Finally, she will discuss the strong aesthetic appeal of self-assembly as it generates spontaneously new patterns, shapes and materials.

Places are limited and so any academic colleagues or students interested in attending a seminar should register online in advance to reserve a place. Places will be confirmed within 48 hours of receipt (subject to availability). Alternatively please contact the Institute in advance to reserve a place.

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