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Organizers:
MariaCarme T. Calderer
School of Mathematics
University of Minnesota
mcc@math.umn.edu
http://www.math.umn.edu/~mcc
Eugene M. Terentjev
Cavendish Laboratory
University of Cambridge
emt1000@cam.ac.uk
http://www.poco.phy.cam.ac.uk/~emt1000
Description:
The physics of soft mattermaterials such as gels, foams, liquid crystals, elastomers, and soft ferroelectricsis an area of intense interest and contemporary study. Moreover, soft matter plays a role in a wide variety of important processes and application. For example, gel swelling is an essential part of many biological processes such as motility mechanisms in bacteria and the transport and absorption of drugs. Ferroelectrics, liquid crystals, and elastomers are being used to design ever faster switching devices. Electron microscopy and experimental activity have provided a great deal of detailed information on structures. But the integration of mathematical modeling and analysis with experimental approaches promises to greatly increase our understanding. This workshop will take such an integrated approach. The workshop will bring together researchers in applied and computational mathematical fields such as differential equations, dynamical systems, analysis, and fluid and solid mechanics, and scientists and engineers from a variety of disciplines relevant to soft matter physics. An important goal of the workshop is to identify beautiful and novel scientific problems arising in soft matter that are in need of mathematical modeling and appear amenable to it and so to set the stage for further research.




MONDAY,
SEPTEMBER 27 All talks are in Lecture Hall EE/CS 3180 unless otherwise noted. 


8:30  Coffee and Registration  Reception Room EE/CS 3176 

9:15  Douglas N. Arnold and Organizers  Welcome and Introduction  
9:30  David C. Morse University of Minnesota 
Entanglement in Solutions of Semiflexible Polymers 

10:20  

11:00  Masao Doi Tokyo University 
Motion of Complex Shaped Particle in Newtonian Fluid Slides: pdf 

11:50  

12:00  Lunch Break 

1:30  Alexander Grosberg University of Minnesota 
Knots in Polymer Physics  
2:20  

3:00  SECOND CHANCES  A discussion period to revisit workshop topics and issues and look towards future directions  
3:30  
3:40  IMA
Tea and more (with POSTER SESSION) 

TUESDAY,
SEPTEMBER 28 All talks are in Lecture Hall EE/CS 3180 unless otherwise noted. 

9:00  Coffee  Reception Room EE/CS 3176  
9:30  Robert Pelcovits Brown University 
Visualization of Topological Defects in Liquid Crystals Slides: pdf 

10:20  

11:00  Randall D. Kamien University of Pennsylvania 
Slides: pdf 

11:50  

12:00  Lunch Break 

1:30  David Kinderlehrer Carnegie Mellon University 
Cooperative Effects in a Dye/Liquid Crystal System  
2:40  SECOND CHANCES  A discussion period to revisit workshop topics and issues and look towards future directions  
3:45  

4:30  Ordway Lecture
by P.L. Lions 

WEDNESDAY,
SEPTEMBER 29 All talks are in Lecture Hall EE/CS 3180 unless otherwise noted. 

9:00  Coffee  Reception Room EE/CS 3176  
9:30  Antonio DeSimone International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA) 
Soft Elasticity of Nematic Elastomers and Wetting Properties of Rough Surfaces Slides: pdf 

10:20  

11:00  Eliot Fried Washington University, St. Louis 
Universal States in Nematic Elastomers Slides: pdf 

11:50  

12:00  Lunch Break 

1:30  Harald Pleiner Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research 
A Physicists' View on Constitutive Equations  
2:20  

2:45  Didier Long
UniversitÃ© ParisSud/CNRS 
NonLinear Behavior of Filled Elastomers by Molecular Dissipative Dynamics Slides: pdf 

3:35  SECOND CHANCES  A discussion period to revisit workshop topics and issues and look towards future directions  
4:30  Ordway Lecture
by P.L. Lions 

THURSDAY,
SEPTEMBER 30 All talks are in Lecture Hall EE/CS 3180 unless otherwise noted. 

9:00  Coffee  Reception Room EE/CS 3176  
9:30  Andrei A. Gusev ETH Zentrum 
Finite Element Mapping for Spring Network Representations of the Mechanics of Solids Slides: pdf 

10:20  

11:00  Francois Graner UniversitÃ© Joseph Fourier 
Foams: Models for Elastic, Plastic, Fluid Materials Slides: pdf 

11:50  

12:00  Lunch Break 

1:30  Raphael Blumenfeld Cavendish Laboratory 
Stress Field Equations in Granular Solids  A Shift of Paradigm Slides: pdf 

2:40  SECOND CHANCES  A discussion period to revisit workshop topics and issues and look towards future directions  
3:30  Ordway Lecture
by P.L. Lions 

Banquet (joint IMASchool of Mathematics)  
FRIDAY,
OCTOBER 1 All talks are in Lecture Hall EE/CS 3180 unless otherwise noted. 

9:00  Coffee  Reception Room EE/CS 3176  
9:30  Robert B. Meyer Brandeis University 
Electrically and Mechanically Driven Instabilities in Thin Layers of Nematic Liquid Crystal Gel Slides: pdf 

10:20  

11:00  ChengCher Huang University of Minnesota 
Experimental and Theoretical Studies of Liquid Crystal SmC* Variant Phases Slides: pdf 

11:50  
12:00  Lunch Break 

1:30  Eugene M. Terentjev University of Cambridge 
Kinetic Theory of Rotational Diffusion and Anisotropic Viscosity of Liquid Crystals Slides: pdf 

2:40  SECOND CHANCES  A discussion period to revisit workshop topics and issues and look towards future directions  
3:30  

3:40 
Name  Department  Affiliation 

Douglas N. Arnold  Institute for Mathematics and its Applications  University of Minnesota 
Donald G. Aronson  Institute for Mathematics and its Applications  University of Minnesota 
Gerard Awanou  Institute for Mathematics and its Applications  University of Minnesota 
Peter W. Bates  Department of Mathematics  Michigan State University 
Patricia Bauman  Department of Mathematics  Purdue University 
Martin Z. Bazant  Department of Mathematics  Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Josef Bemelmans  Institute for Mathematics  Aachen University of Technology 
Yuxing Ben  Department of Mathematics  MIT 
Daniel E. Bentil  Department of Mathematics & Statistics  University of Vermont 
Jorge Berger  Department of Physics  Technion  Israel Institute of Technology 
Keith Berrier  Rice University  
Fulvio Bisi  Dipartimento di Matematica  Università di Pavia 
Raphael Blumenfeld  Department of Physics  Cambridge University 
Helmut Brand  Physikalisches Institut  Universität Bayreuth 
MariaCarme Calderer  School of Mathematics  University of Minnesota 
Qianyong Chen  Institute for Mathematics and its Applications  University of Minnesota 
L. Pamela Cook  Department of Mathematical Science  University of Delaware 
Zhenlu Cui  Department of Mathematics  Florida State University 
Antonio DeSimone  Applied Mathematics  SISSAItaly 
Brian DiDonna  Institute for Mathematics and its Applications  University of Minnesota 
Masao Doi  Department of Applied Physics  University of Tokyo 
Georg Dolzmann  Department of Applied Mathematics  University of Maryland 
James J. Feng  Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering  University of British Columbia 
Xiaobing Feng  Department of Mathematics  University of Tennessee 
Eliot Fried  Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics  University of Illinois  UrbanaChampaign 
Tim Garoni  Institute for Mathematics and its Applications  University of Minnesota 
Matthias Gobbert  Department of Mathematics and Statistics  University of Maryland  Baltimore County 
Francois Graner  SpectroMetrie Physique  Université Joseph Fourier 
Alexander Grosberg  Department of Physics and Astronomy  University of Minnesota 
Colette Guillope  Department of Mathematics  University of Paris XII 
Robert Gulliver  School of Mathematics  University of Minnesota 
Andrei Gusev  Institut fuer Polymere  ETH Zentrum 
ChengCher Huang  School of Physics and Astronomy  University of Minnesota 
Michel E. Jabbour  Department of Mathematics  University of Kentucky 
Antal Jakli  Liquid Crystal Institute  Kent State University 
Richard D. James  Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics  University of Minnesota 
Sookyung Joo  Institute for Mathematics and its Applications  University of Minnesota 
Randall D. Kamien  Department of Physics and Astronomy  University of Pennsylvania 
Chiu Yen Kao  Institute for Mathematics and its Applications  University of Minnesota 
David Kinderlehrer  Department of Mathematics  Carnegie Mellon University 
Bernhard Klampfl  Department of Materials Science  Klaiss Inc. 
Isaac Klapper  Department of Mathematical Sciences  Montana State University 
Richard Kollar  Institute of Mathematics and its Applications  University of Minnesota 
Matthias Kurzke  Institute for Mathematics and its Applications  University of Minnesota 
Frederic Legoll  Institute for Mathematics and its Applications  University of Minnesota 
Benedict Leimkuhler  Department of Mathematics and Computer Science  University of Leicester 
Debra Lewis  Institute for Mathematics and its Applications  University of Minnesota 
Xiantao Li  Institute for Mathematics and its Applications  University of Minnesota 
Fanghua Lin  Department of Mathematics  New York University 
Chun Liu  Department of Mathematics  Pennsylvania State University 
Zuhan Liu  Xuzhou Normal University  
Didier Long  Laboratoire de Physique des Solids  Universite Paris Sud 
Mitchell Luskin  School of Mathematics  University of Minnesota 
Govind Menon  University of Wisconsin  
Robert Meyer  Martin Fisher School of Physics  Brandeis University 
David Morse  Department of Chemical Engineering  University of Minnesota 
Jinhae Park  School of Mathematics  University of Minnesota 
Robert Pelcovits  Department of Physics  Brown University 
Peter Philip  Institute for Mathematics and its Application  University of Minnesota 
Petr Plechac  Mathematics Institute  University of Warwick 
Harald Pleiner  Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research  
Lea Popovic  Institute for Mathematics and its Applications  University of Minnesota 
Yitzhak Rabin  Department of Physics  BarIlan University 
Amit Ranjan  Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Sciences  University of Minnesota 
Riccardo Rosso  Dipartimento di Matematica  Università di Pavia 
Rolf Ryham  Department of Mathematics  Pennsylvania State University 
Arnd Scheel  Institute for Mathematics and its Applications  University of Minnesota 
Jonathan V. Selinger  Center for Bio/Molecular Science & Engineering  Naval Research Laboratory 
George R Sell  School of Math  University of Minnesota 
TienTsan Shieh  Department of Mathematics  Indiana University 
André M. Sonnet  Department of Mathematics  University of Strathclyde 
Peter J. Sternberg  Department of Mathematics  Indiana University 
Vladimir Sverak  Department of Mathematics  University of Minnesota 
Ellad Tadmor  Department of Mechanical Engineering  Technion  Israel Institute of Technology 
Eugene Terentjev  Cavendish Laboratory  Cambridge University 
Robert T. Tranquillo  Dept. of Chemical Eng. and Material Sciences  University of Minnesota 
Erkan Tuzel  Department of Physics & Astronomy  University of Minnesota 
Jon Fredric Urban  Department of Biomedical Engineering  University of Minnesota 
Epifanio G. Virga  Dipartimento di Matematica  Universita di Pavia 
Karl Voss  Department of Mathematics  Bucknell University 
Jimmy Wang  Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics  University of Minnesota 
Xiaoqiang Wang  Pennsylvania State University  
ZhiQiang Wang  Department of Mathematics & Statistics  Utah State University 
Stephen J. Watson  ESAM  Northwestern University 
Jon Wilkening  New York University  
Baisheng Yan  Department of Mathematics  Michigan State University 
Toshio Yoshikawa  Liu Bie Ju Centre for Mathematical Sciences  City University of Hong Kong 