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Durham University

Durham Centre for Soft Matter


5 December 2018: Mini-Symposium and General Meeting

1pm in the Bransden Room, Department of Physics. All welcome.

1:05pm: Dr Beth Bromley, Department of Physics, "Good vibrations"
1:25pm: Dr Fabian Wadsworth, Department of Earth Sciences, "Magma as soft matter"
1:45pm: Dr Matthew Kitching, Department of Chemistry, "Autonomous droplet reactors for chemical synthesis"
2:05pm: Short break
2:10pm: General Meeting of the Centre for Soft Matter
3:00pm: Close

12-13 September 2018: Workshop on modelling of wetting

The UK Fluid Network is holding a two-day workshop entitled Multiscale Modelling of Wetting Phenomena in the Hogan Lovells theatre of the Palatine Centre, co-organised by Halim Kusumaatmaja (Durham University), Rodrigo Ledesma-Aguilar (Northumbria University) and Ciro Semprebon (Northumbria University).

Please see the meeting's own web site for the programme of speakers and further details.

29 May 2018: Farewell Symposium for Prof. Tom McLeish, FRS

Department of Physics (PH30). Please follow this link to see the programme and to register for the event.

25 April 2018: Seminar by Prof. Paul van der Schoot

Professor Paul van der Schoot will be visiting from Eindhoven University of Technology. He will give a seminar at 1pm in PH30 on Wednesday 25 April. If you would like an individual slot to speak to Paul on the afternoon of Tuesday 24th or morning of Wednesday 25th, please contact Mark Miller.

Carbon Nanotube-Based Lyotropic Liquid Crystal Microdroplets in Bulk and on Solid Surfaces

Dispersions of long, rod-like particles such as carbon nanotubes are known to form spindle-shaped, cylindrically symmetric elongated nematic liquid crystalline droplets in coexistence with the isotropic phase. Their shape and director field structure depends on the size of the drops, the interfacial tension, anchoring strength and elastic constants. In contact with a wall, the droplets become more elongated due to the effects of line tension. By visualising hundreds of nematic droplets of carbon nanotubes dissolved in chlorosulfonic acid and applying elasticity theory to fit the data, we extract information on the elastic and surface properties of the droplets. For sessile drops we find that the ratio of the line tension and the interfacial tension for this particular system equals −0.84 ± 0.06 μm. This ratio is 2 orders of magnitude larger than what has been reported for conventional fluids, in agreement with scaling arguments.