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Durham Centre for Soft Matter


Soft Matter Events 2013-14




Monday, 16 December 2013 2:15pm

Seminar: Design and Synthesis of 'Switchable' Chain-Transfer Agents for RAFT Polymerization

22 January 2014 1-5pm

Workshop: Scattering in Soft Matter.

CG141, Department of Chemistry. 

Confirmed Speakers: Dr Ann Terry (ISIS Large Scale Structures Group) Neutron Scattering in Soft MatterProf John Seddon (Imperial) X-ray diffraction studies at lipid liquid crystal phases 

1-2 pm Buffet lunch/posters, CG141 (Musgrave Room)

2-3pm Prof John Seddon (Imperial), “X-ray Diffraction of Lipic L.C. phases”, CG218 Department of Chemistry. 

**Short break for refreshments/further discussions**

3.15-4.15pm Dr Ann Terry (STFC ISIS), "Why Spiderman needs small angle scattering", CG218 Department of Chemistry. 

Organisers – Richard Thompson and Sandra Engelskirchen

Thursday, 8 May 2014 12:00 - 17:00

Symposium: Solid State NMR of Soft Matter

CG141 - Musgrave Room, Department of Chemistry.

12:00 Arrival & lunch
13:00 Daniel Topgaard (Lund University)
13:45 Rob Law (Imperial College)
14:30 Lukasz Zielinski (Schlumberger Gould Research Centre)
15:15 Tea / Coffee break
15:45 Eric Hughes (Durham)
16:05 Mike Ries (Leeds)
16:30 General discussion of applications of NMR is soft matter
17:00 Close

Organisers – Prof. Colin Baid: & Dr E Hughes:

Thursday, 17 April 11:30-4:30 pm

Workshop (DCSM and BSI): Stress and Signalling in the Vascular Endothelium

Speakers include: Professor John McCarron (Strathcylde), Professor Gerald Fuller (Stanford).

For more information please contact Professor John Girkin or Professor Tom McLeish at the email addresses:,

Friday 16 May 12:45 - 15:40

Workshop: Precision Polymer Synthesis

Lecture Theatre: D / CG85

Refreshments in the Musgrave Room D / CG 141

This half day symposium will include Professor Robert Grubbs from Caltech and Dr Mike Shaver from Edinburgh University. Professor Grubbs was the joint recipient of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2005 for “for the development of the metathesis method in organic synthesis” .


12:45 Introduction & Welcome from Ezat Khosravi
12:50 Guest Lecture 1 - Dr Michael Shaver: Iron Man Designing Environmentally Friendly Catalysts for Controlled Radical Polymerizations.
13:20 Q & A
13:30 Guest Lecture 2 - Professor Neil Cameron: Synthesis of Glycopolymers and Glyconanoparticles.
14:00 Q & A
14:10 Coffee/ Tea
14:40 Guest Lecture 3 - Professor Robert Grubbs: Controlled polymer synthesis with olefin metathesis catalysts
15:25 Q & A
15:40 Close

For more information please contact Dr Lian Hutchings or Dr Ezat Khosravi at the email addresses: or

Tuesday, 1st July 2014

 DCSM Workshop: Flow & Instability in Complex Fluids.

Musgrave Room D/CG141 


13:15 Introduction & Welcome from Suzanne Fielding

13:20 Colin Bain - Oscillations and instabilities in drops (45 minutes inc Q & A)

14:05 Emma Talbot - Droplet Drying (30 minutes in Q & A)

14:35  Refreshment Break (20 minutes)

14:55 Halim Kasumaatmaja - Superhydrophobic Surface Simulations (45 minutes in Q & A)

15:40  David Hoyle - Necking instabilities in extensional flows (45 minutes inc Q & A)

16:25 Close


To register for this event please click here

For more information please contact Suzanne Fielding :

Friday, 15 August 2014

Monday-Friday 18-21 August 2014


Symposium: Energy landscapes

This half day symposium will explore energy landscape methods and applications of this powerful approach. The symposium will be followed by a four day workshop, for more infomration click here

Speakers: Vinothan Manoharan (Harvard), Graeme Henkelman (Texas), Florent Calvo (Lyon), Andreas Heuer (Muenster), Halim Kusumaatmaja (Durham). 

For more information please contact Dr Mark Miller or Dr Halim Kusumaatmaja at the addresses: or

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