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 4 December 2016

Monday 5 Dec 16 - 1:00pm

Title: 'Colloids as a model system for proteins at interfaces'

Rudi Mears (University of Edinburgh)

Proteins are a diverse class of polymers which are ubiquitous in nature. We aim to improve the understanding of how protein properties relate to their ensemble interfacial behaviour by employing colloids as a model system. In this talk I will describe my work on sterically stabilised poly(methyl methacrylate)(PMMA) particles at the water/dodecane interface, focusing on pendant drop tensiometry to probe the effect of changing particle size.

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Monday 21 Nov 16 - 1:00pm

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Knut Drescher (Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg, Germany)

Thursday 17 Nov 16 - 1:00pm

Chemotaxis and auto-chemotaxis of self-propelling artificial droplet swimmers

Chenyu Jin (Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self Organization, Gottingen, Germany)

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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).