ECI Association in Solution IV Conference

31 July - 4 August 2017, St. John's, Canada


Introduction
Molecular association in solution, involving self-assembly, precipitation, complex formation etc., is a fundamental process in many areas, ranging from biology to materials science. Resulting structures, being equilibrium states or kinetically trapped, often occur on the colloidal or “nano” length scale, one nanometer to one micrometer. These resulting colloidal or nanostructures are direct consequences of intermolecular interactions on the shorter, molecular length scale. Hence to understand such systems requires characterization on a wide range of length and time scales, often using a combination of several experimental techniques and computer simulation. This involves also macroscopic length scales, on which very complex viscoelastic flow behavior often can be observed.

Self-assembled nanostructured materials are ubiquitous in a wide range of industries, covering areas such as drug delivery, home & personal care, nanotechnology, foods, coatings etc. For the synthesis of many novel nano-materials self-assembly or controlled precipitation is of fundamental importance. It has been generally recognized that large scale fabrication of such materials cannot be done top-down. They have to be built from bottom-up.

The basic laws of nature, on the molecular length scale are known. What then characterizes contemporary science is the ability to analyze more and more complex systems, driven by access to a steadily increasing computational power and the development of new and sophisticated experimental tools. As a consequence, physics and physical chemistry are expanding into life science, creating new exciting areas like biological physics and colloidal biology.

In this conference, the fourth in the ECI Association in Solution series, we aim to bring together scientists from physics, chemistry, biology and engineering to discuss recent advances in the area of self-assembled and related systems.  The conference cuts across key, emerging areas in the biological, chemical, physical sciences along with nano- and micro-scale engineering. The topic is central to many major industries including food, cosmetics and consumer products, pharmaceuticals and energy, e.g., oil and gas production. 

Support for Students

The organizers are pleased to offer student travel grants to support the cost of attending the Association in Solution IV conference at Memorial University, St. John’s, July 31 – August 4, 2017. These grants are available to any doctoral student who has an accepted poster presentation. Each student grant will cover the meeting registration including all food and lodging (possibly in shared room). Students may also request additional travel support for flights etc. and such requests will be considered if the budget permits.

To apply, the student must write a letter requesting the grant; and the student’s advisor should add a letter of support, certifying that the student is currently a doctoral student in good standing and needs the travel support for the meeting. Only one application per faculty advisor will be accepted for this meeting. Letters from the student and advisor should be submitted via the following link: https://www.che.udel.edu/forms/eci-ais.html.​

Conference Organization

Co-chairs:

Ulf Olsson, Physical Chemistry, Lund University, Sweden     

Norman Wagner, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware, USA     

Anand Yethiraj, Dept. of Physics and Phys. Oceanography, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada

Scientific Committee
Jure Dobnikar (Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
John Dutcher (University of Guelph, Canada)
Cecile Fradin (McMaster University, Canada)
Steve Granick (Center for Soft and Living Matter, Korea)
Tadashi Kato (Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan)
Walter Richtering (University of Aachen, Germany)
Maria Santore (University of Massachusetts, USA)
Veronique Schmitt (Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal, Pessac, France)
Beth Schubert (Procter & Gamble, USA)
Ilja Voets (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands)
Emanuela Zaccarelli (University of Rome, “la Sapienza”, Italy)​

Conference Venue
Memorial University of Newfoundland is the largest university  in the Atlantic portion of Canada.  Its 18,000+ students primarily study the fields of education, engineering, business, geology and medicine.  A non-denominational school, MUN opened in 1925 with 57 students.  It was initially established as a memorial to the Newfoundlanders who had lost their lives duing WWI, later rededicated to include the province’s war dead from WWII​.

Address:  230 Elizabeth Ave., St. John’s, NL A1B 3X9, Canada​

General Information about ECI
Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a not-for-profit global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.

The Engineering Conferences International conferences calendar and other information can be found on the ECI web site: www.engconfintl.org

Engineering Conferences International
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T: 1-7212-514-6760 – F: 1-212-514-6030

info@engconfintl.org  –  www.engconfintl.org​
Venue
Memorial University

Memorial University, 230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, A1B 3X9, Canada

Organised by
The conference is organized by Engineering Conferences International (ECI), a not-for-profit global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

The Engineering Conferences International conferences calendar and other information can be found on the ECI web site: www.engconfintl.org

Engineering Conferences International
32 Broadway, Suite 314, New York, NY 10004
T: 1-7212-514-6760 – F: 1-212-514-6030

info@engconfintl.org  –  www.engconfintl.org
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