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Joint Workshop on Soft Matter & Self-Assembly. Utrecht, 19 January 2023

Live event in De Witte Vosch

Soft Matter & Self-Assembly

We invite scientists with interest and expertise in soft matter including its assembly, to exchange knowledge, and explore ways of collaboration.

Save the date!
This will be a live event in Utrecht (De Witte Vosch)  on Thursday 19 January 2023.

More information on the programme will follow soon.
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Aim of the worshop
Soft matter surrounds us in our daily lives, and are omni-present i.e., foods, polymers, plants, humans. Often these materials are formed through a complex sequence of self-assembly processes. In the current workshop we will not only highlight the importance of soft matter materials in addressing societal challenges, we will elaborate on their underlying mechanism through a dedicated line-up of researchers.

We are preparing a programme with presentations and plenary discussions and we are inviting speakers to talk about the following topics:

Emulsions, Adhesives, Polymeric films, Self-Assembly
Fundamental aspects versus Applications

Invited speakers

Check this eye-opener by Wiebe de Vos!
(In Dutch: Slim membranen maken; in water)

Dr. Julien Es Sayed

Postdoc Polymer Science, Zernike Institute of Advanced Materials, Science & Engineering (RUG)
Preliminary title: Smart Emulsions using Responsive Pickering Emulsifiers

Pickering emulsions are emulsions stabilized by colloidal particles that are known to exhibit a high kinetic stability which make them promising candidates for a wide range of applications where long term storage is needed. However, when it comes to the development of so-called “smart emulsions” for which the destabilization of the emulsion and the release of the active components present in the dispersed phase should be triggered by an external stimulus, this high stability can become detrimental. In this talk, I will introduce the audience to two innovative Pickering emulsifiers that we designed which enable us to develop kinetically stable emulsions but which can be at the same time readily destabilized by action of an external stimulus.


Julien Es Sayed (RUG), LinkedIn

Good to know!
"Julien Es Sayed won the award for the best oral presentation by a young scientist at the 35th Conference of the European Colloid and Interface Society (ECIS) 2021 sponsored by Langmuir. He presented his work on the stabilization/breaking emulsions with supramolecular microgels" @SIMM_Lab

Emma Hinderink is mixing the immiscible (read the interview!) at Delft University of Technology.

Follow our speakers on Twitter:

Rienk Eelkema @EelkemaLab
Janne-Mieke Meijer @JenneMikie
Georgy Filonenko @GeorgyFilonenko

Listen to Atze Jan van der Goot, talking about Plant Meat Matters!

More information will follow later.

Chairs Karin Schroën
Professor of Food Process Engineering (WUR) and part-time professor of Membrane Processes for Food (UTwente) Arjan Mol
Professor Corrosion Technology and Electrochemistry (TU Delft) and Scientific Director (4TU.HTM)