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4th September 2019
12:30 to 13:30 Registration and Lunch
13:30 to 13:40 Welcome and Introduction Mike Cates (University of Cambridge)
Session 1: New Perspectives on Detergency (Chair: Jerome Bibette, ESPCI ParisTech)
13:40 to 14:20 Electrokinetics and Diffusiophoresis: Transport in Confined Systems and Detergency Howard Stone (Princeton University)
14:20 to 15:00 World's Smallest Washing Machine and Dishwasher John Girkin (Durham University)
15:00 to 15:20 Tea and Coffee
Session 2: Active and Drive Phase Separation (Chair: Masao Doi, Beihang University)
15:20 to 16:00 IoP Liquids and Complex Fluids Group Early Career Lecture: Active Phase Separation in Biology David Zwicker (Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self Organisation)
16:00 to 16:40 Electrodynamics of Emulsion Droplets Lynn Walker (Carnegie Mellon University)
16:40 to 17:20 Continuum Theories of Active Phase Separation Mike Cates (University of Cambridge)
17:20 to 18:00 Posters, Networking and Drinks
5th September 2019
Session 3: Rheology of Dense Suspensions (Chair: Armand Ajdari, Saint-Gobain)
09:30 to 10:10 The Physics of Conching Chocolate: Taking Rheology from the Lab to the Factory Wilson Poon (University of Edinburgh)
10:10 to 10:50 "Phase Mechanics" of Arrested Colloidal Gels: Modelling Yield as Non-equilibrium Phase Transitions in Soft Matter Roseanna Zia (Stanford University)
10:50 to 11:10 Tea, coffee and Posters
11:10 to 11:50 Emergence of Long Range Stress Correlations at the Glass Transition Annette Zippelius (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)
Session 4: Soft Matter Industry Challenges (Chair: Peter King, Imperial College London)
11:50 to 12:20 Designing Complex Formulations for Films in Beauty and Personal Care Andreas Poulos (Unilever R&D)
12:20 to 12:50 The Role of Spray Drying in Product Drug Formulation - Soft Matter Challenges Dylan Jones (Sanofi UK)
12:50 to 14:00 Lunch and Posters
14:00 to 14:30 Reducing Biocides Level in Formulations - a New Challenge for Soft Matter? Jean-Christophe Castaing (Solvay)
14:30 to 15:00 Soft Matter Challenges in Coffee Processing Robert Farr (Jacobs Douwe Egberts)
15:00 to 16:00 Mixer Session and Posters
15:30 to 16:00 Tea and Coffee
Session 5: Elevator Pitches (Chair: Erika Eiser, University of Cambridge)
16:00 to 16:05 Topological Tuning of Polymer Dynamics Davide Michieletto (University of Edinburgh)
16:05 to 16:10 Modelling the Viscosity of Complex Fluids Junju Mu (University of Manchester)
16:10 to 16:15 Absorbing-state Transitions in Granular Materials Close to Jamming Christopher Ness (University of Cambridge)
16:15 to 16:20 An Invasion Percolation Model for the Study of Fluid Injection Driven Fracturing in Weakly Consolidated Granular Media Paula Gago (Imperial College London)
16:20 to 16:25 Computing Polymer Diffusiophoretic Mobilities Simon Ramirez Hinestrosa (University of Cambridge)
16:25 to 16:30 The Self-consistent Multi-scale Simulation of Complex Fluids Hideki Kobayashi (University of Cambridge)
16:30 to 16:35 Large Deviations and Optimal Control Forces for Diffusing Hard Particles in One Dimension Jakub Dolezal (University of Cambridge)
16:35 to 16:40 Equilibrium Configurations of Hard Spheres in a Cylindrical Harmonic Potential Adil Mughal (Aberystwyth University)
16:40 to 16:45 Active Droplets: A Path to Chaos Mazi Jalaal (University of Cambridge)
16:45 to 16:50 Testing the Wyart-Cates Model for Thickening Rheology using Binary Granular Suspensions Jin Sun (University of Edinburgh)
16:50 to 16:55 Spontaneous Formation of Multilamellar Vesicles in Micellar Solutions of Anionic Surfactants Sepideh Khodaparast (Imperial College London)
16:55 to 17:00 Towards DNA-Driven Re-Entrant Gelation of Pluronic Solutions Ren Liu (University of Cambridge)
17:00 to 17:05 Theory and Simulations of Liquid Crystal Emulsions Elsen Tjhung (University of Cambridge)
17:05 to 17:10 Non-equilibrium Phase Separation with Chemical Reactions Yuting Li (University of Cambridge)
17:10 to 18:00 Poster Exhibition and Networking
19:00 to 20:00 Workshop dinner (Gonville and Caius, West Road Site)
6th September 2019
Session 6: Eco Plastics (Chair: Tom McLeish, University of York)
09:30 to 10:10 Soft Matter in the Circular Economy: Both the Product and the Packaging Tony Ryan (University of Sheffield)
10:10 to 10:50 Icarus' Dream Rudy Koopmans (Plastics Innovation Competence Centre)
10:50 to 11:10 Tea and Coffee
11:10 to 11:50 From the LCST Transition to Aquamelts Jens-Uwe Sommer (Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden)
11:50 to 12:40 Round table discussion - Sustainable Eco Plastics Tom McLeish (University of York)
12:40 to 13:00 Open Discussion and Wrap-up Mike Cates (University of Cambridge)
13:00 to 14:00 Lunch, Posters and Finish