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Durham Centre for Soft Matter


25 October 2017: One-Day Workshop on Droplet Coalescence

Kenworthy Hall, St. Mary’s College, Durham University.

In this workshop we will have short talks from both academics and industrial representatives, which will hopefully stimulate the afternoon discussion session aiming to explore academic-industry opportunities in this research area.


09:30-10:00 Registration and refreshments (posters can be mounted during registration)
10:00-10:45 Industrial perspectives
10:45-11:15 Martin Sommerfeld (Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg)
11:15-11:30 Stephen Yeates (University of Manchester)
11:30-11:45 Bryan Bzdek (University of Bristol)
11:45-12:00 Halim Kusumaatmaja (Durham University)
12:00-13:30 Networking lunch and posters
13:30-14:00 Stefan Karpitschka (MPI-DS, Göttingen)
14:00-14:15 Alfonso Castrejon-Pita (University of Oxford)
14:15-14:30 Mark Wilson (University of Leeds)
14:30-14:45 Alice Thompson (University of Manchester)
14:45-15:00 Stephen Wilson (University of Strathclyde)
15:00-15:15 Coffee break
15:15-16.15 Discussion groups
16:15-16:30 Summary and future activities

There is no charge for this workshop. However, if you plan to attend and/or if you intend to bring a poster - PhD students and postdocs are particularly encouraged - please let Jim Fraser ( know.

6-8th September 2017: External Event - 2nd Edwards Symposium. Challenges and Opportunities in Soft Matter

University of Cambridge.

Background: This series marks a fitting tribute to the life and work of Professor Sir Sam Edwards FRS, one of the great scientific minds of the 20th Century. Sir Sam played a pivotal role in bringing advances in the physical sciences to bear on major industrial problems. His fundamental contributions to soft matter theory ranged from polymer melts, through gels, colloids, granular materials and glasses through to optimisation problems.


13-15 September 2017: Nanofluidics in Biological Systems Workshop

Durham University.

This Joint PoLNet2 & Durham BSI Workshop will bring together people from biological/physiological background and physicists/engineers to discuss challenges and opportunities, both in terms of the fundamental scientific questions, and strategies/methods to answer them. The workshop will focus on systems where unusual biophysics takes place, often beyond existing theories e.g. aquaporins, fluid dynamics at biointerfaces and biolubircation between rubbing membranes.


29 August – 1 September 2017: Addressing metastability in interfacial phenomena across multiple time and length scales

This CECAM workshop brings together theoreticians, simulators, and experimentalists dealing with multiscale aspects of interfacial systems. It will take place at the CECAM headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. A tentative list of speakers includes:

Carlo Massimo Casciola (University of Rome I "La Sapienza")
Antonio Checco (Stony Brook)
Siegfried Dietrich (Max-Planck-Insitute for Intelligent Systems)
Graeme Henkelman (Austin University)
Stephan Herminghaus (Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization)
Lucio Isa (ETH Zurich)
Jim Lutsko (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
Samy Merabia (University of Lyon I)
Marcus Müller (University of Goettingen)
Frieder Mugele (University of Twente)
Ignacio Pagonabarraga (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
Weiqing Ren (National University of Singapore)
Eduardo Sanz (University Complutense of Madrid)
Richard Sear (University of Surrey)
Gareth Tribello (Queen's University Belfast)
Doris Vollmer (Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research)
Gary Wells (Northumbria University)
Julia Yeomans (Oxford University)

The workshop is now open to submissions of abstracts for posters and contributed talks. The deadline for submission is 1 July 2017. Please feel free to circulate this announcement to potentially interested colleagues. More details about the workshop can be found on the website.

Organisers: Alberto Giacomello (Rome, Italy), Halim Kusumaatmaja (Durham, UK), Simone Meloni (Rome, Italy)

25 May 2017: Seminar and Lunch: Drs Koopmans and Hofmann

13.00-14.30 Chemistry Department CG141


13.00 Lunch prior to seminar

13.30 Soft Matter: A Case for Self-Assembling Peptides, Dr Rudy Koopmans (abstract below)

14.00 Dr Sandra Hofmann

Abstract: Soft Matter: A Case for Self-Assembling Peptides, Dr Rudy Koopmans: Taking the long term view, materials of the future need to be conceived based on renewable natural principles. Peptides and proteins are functional oligomers and polymers par excellence demonstrating how their self-organisation capability enables the construction, from the bottom-up, of functional materials with unique performance characteristics. A few examples are presented.

Please register (by email to if you wish to attend.

13 April 2017: Workshop on 3D printing of soft and biological matter

12–2pm, James Knot Library, Physics Department

This joint workshop with the Biological Sciences Institute aims to explore the use of 3D printing in soft biological matter research in Durham. The event is a part of a University-EPSRC seedcorn award, which aims to identify common areas of interest in Durham and build a simple instrument to gather preliminary results needed for a future full grant application.

To register for the meeting please contact For more information about the meeting please contact

Grapol meeting 12 April 2017

12 April 2017: GRAPOL one-day Conference on Polymer Nanocomposites

As part of the Grapol (Engineering Innovation in Graphene Polymer Nanocomposites) project, we are organising a one-day meeting in London on 12 April 2017.


Registration and refreshments (posters can be mounted during registration)
10:00 Welcome address Dr Michael P Weir, University of Sheffield
Chair: Dr Michael P Weir, University of Sheffield
10:00-10:50 "Graphene Nanocomposites - Grapol"
Professor Karl Coleman, Durham University
10:50-11:10 Refreshments, posters and networking
11:10-11:50 "2D Reinforced Nanocomposites: Taking fundemental micro mechanics to bulk composites."
Professor Ian Kinloch, The University of Manchester
11:50-12:30 "Polymer-graphene nanocomposites for engineering and biomedical applications"
Dr Joao Cabral, Imperial College London
12:30-13:45 Lunch, posters and networking
Chair: Dr Richard Thompson, Durham University
13:45-14:25 "Polymer-graphene nanocomposites for engineering and biomedical applications"
Dr Biqiong Chen, University of Sheffield
14:25-15:05 Interface control in polymer nanocomposites
Professor Dr Philippe Dubois, National Composite Centre of Luxembourg
15:05-15:20 Refreshments, posters and networking
15:20-16:00 Creating material change: graphene enhanced polymers and polymer composites
Dr Matthew Thornton, HaydaleCS
16:00 Prize announcement, closing remarks and organisers acknowledgements
16:30 Conference close

For further details and registration, click on this IOP conference link.

Organisers: Dr Richard Thompson and Dr Mike Weir

9–12 April 2017: Advanced School in Soft Condensed Matter, "Solutions in the Spring"

The annual graduate school, organized by the Liquids and Complex Fluids group, will be held in Durham in April 2017. The School is for PhD students in physics, chemistry, chemical engineering and biophysics and aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to key topics in soft matter science. This year the lectures will cover colloids (Prof. George Petekidis, FORTH), biomolecules (Dr Paola Carbone, Manchester), neutron scattering and disordered materials (Dr Andrew Parnell, Sheffield) and membranes (Dr Nicholas Brooks, Imperial College). There will be opportunities for students to network, socialize and present their own work at a poster session. The School website can be found at The deadline for registration is 26 March 2017.

Organizers: Dr Margarita Staykova and Dr Valeria Garbin

22 March 2017: Hydrodynamic instabilities at interfaces

All are welcome to this half-day symposium and there is no need to book in advance. The organisers are Halim Kusumaatmaja and Margarita Staykova.

Department of Physics, Room OC218

13:00 – 14:00 Suzie Protière (Institut Jean le Rond d’Alembert) The instabilities of a granular raft

14:00 – 14.30 Coffee break

14:30 – 15.00 Beth Kazmierski (Durham Chemistry) Inkjet Printing on Patterned Substrates

15:00 – 15:30 Ewan Hemingway (Durham Physics) Edge fracture: a viscoelastic free surface instability

15.30 – 16.00 Ciro Semprebon (Northumbria Physics) Unexpected consequences of contact angle hysteresis

21 February 2017: Young Persons Lecture Competition (YPLC) 2017

The North East Polymer Association's local heat of the 2017 YPLC will be in the SOFI-CDT hub from 5.15pm on 21 February.

Please come along, support and help with the judging. All welcome!

For further details, please contact Richard Thompson ( )

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