Science and Engineering at The University of Edinburgh

Soft Condensed Matter, Biological Physics Experiment & Statistical Physics Seminars

Explanatory note

This is a weekly series of informal talks given primarily by members of the soft condensed matter and statistical mechanics groups, but is also open to members of other groups and external visitors. The aim of the series is to promote discussion and learning of various topics at a level suitable to the broad background of the group. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Speakers should read this note

Week beginning 22 November 2015

Monday 23 Nov 15 - 1:00pm

Directed self-assembly of complex colloidal particles

Daniela Kraft (Leiden University)

Self-assembly of colloidal particles has emerged as the most promising route to create complex structures on the nano- and micron-scale. Despite their tremendous potential for bottom-up assembly of functional materials, experimental examples of self-assembling colloidal systems are still scarce due to the restricted availability of synthetic methods and kinetic trapping in undesirable states. In this talk, I will present a novel strategy for obtaining complex colloidal particles by recycling random aggregates of spheres. I will demonstrate that we can achieve a wide variety of complex colloids by tuning the synthesis parameters. I will subsequently show how we can employ these colloids for self-assembly by creating site-specific interactions through surface roughness. Finally, I will discuss how mobile DNA linkers can provide a route to create reconfigurable assemblies.

Upcoming meetings

Monday 30 Nov 15 - 1:00pm - Room 2511 JCMB

To be confirmed

Ben Guy (University of Edinburgh)

Monday 7 Dec 15 - 1:00pm - Room 2511 JCMB

To be confirmed

Paddy Royall (University of Bristol)

Monday 14 Dec 15 - 1:00pm - Room 2511 JCMB

To be confirmed

David Harbottle (University of Leeds)

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Note for speakers

  • We try to encourage an informal atmosphere.
  • To encourage discussion, talks are limited to 30/40 mins plus up to 20/10 mins for questions.
  • Almost any style of talk is allowed and resident speakers are encouraged to give a variety of different types of talk during their stay at Edinburgh. Examples include talks about the speaker's research, a particular paper or publication (`Journal Club' talks), pedagogical talks, question-and-answer sessions, etc.
  • Speakers are encouraged to pitch their seminars to the whole group.
  • I would be grateful if the next speaker on the list could inform me of the title and short abstract (it should fit onto the usual advertising poster) of his/her talk by Wednesday of the week before, to allow me to do the advertising.
  • Anyone unable to give their talk on the scheduled date should in the first instance try to rearrange with someone else on the list, and only then inform me of the final outcome so that I can change the rota.
  • Talks of soft condensed matter students can only be cancelled with permission from Prof. Cates, and should be done as far in advance as possible to give some chance of finding a replacement.
  • If anyone would like to volunteer a seminar themselves, knows of a visitor or new arrival who might be willing to give a talk, or for any other queries, please contact the seminar organiser (see below for email address).