The Annual Virginia Soft Matter (VSM) Workshop brings together researchers working on the science of soft matter, including but not limited to polymers, complex fluids, biophysics, biomaterials, and granular matter, for an informal meeting to communicate cutting-edge research, exchange ideas and foster collaborations. There will be a mix of invited talks, brief contributed sound bites, and unstructured time.
The first VSM Workshop was held on the campus of James Madison University on February 11, 2014 (organized by Prof. Klebert Feitosa and sponsored by the 4-VA Consortium). The second and third workshops were held at Virginia Tech (2014) and the University of Virginia (2015).
The 4th VSM workshop (current) will be held on the Monroe Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. The VSM Workshop will not charge registration fees and will provide free breakfast/coffee-break/lunch.
Date: 29 Oct 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Engineering Auditorium, Engineering West
601 W Main Street, Richmond VA 23284
The current list of registrants of VSM Workshop will be available soon.
The Organizing Committee
If you are presenting at the VSM workshop, please submit your presentation materials through the email link below.
Submit Presentation Materials
Conference participants are invited to present a sound bite on their research during the workshop. In order to do so, please indicate the title of your sound bite on the registration page (no abstract required for sound bites). A 3-4 slide PDF of your sound bite is due to VAsoftmatter@vcu.edu by October 15. More information on the format of the sound bite can be found on the FAQ section.
The 4th Virginia Soft Matter Workshop is sponsored by the Office of the Dean, VCU School of Engineering, Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering and Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at VCU.
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM: Welcome Remarks
9:10 AM - 9:55 AM: Dr. Orlin D. Velev - Dynamically Reconfigurable Soft Matter in External Fields
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM: Soundbite Session 1
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM: Coffee Break
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM: Dr. Alenka Luzar - Molecular Modeling of Surface Wettability by External Stimuli
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM: Soundbite Session 2
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM: Dr. Weiwei Deng - Reshape Liquid Jets, Droplets, and Particles with Electric Fields
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM: Soundbite Session 3
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM: Coffee Break
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM: Dr. Kevin Caram - Colloidal and Antibacterial Activity of Non-Conventional Amphiphiles
3:15 PM - 3:45 PM: Soundbite Session 4
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM: Wrap Up
Why a Soft Matter Workshop?
The purpose of the workshop is to bring together faculty, students, postdocs, and interested scientists from Virginia and nearby regions for a one-day meeting to network, exchange ideas, and promote the research of soft matter.
What is Soft Matter?
Soft matter encompasses a broad set of materials characterized by being disordered and fragile. Grains, paint, pastes, suspensions, foams, emulsions, gels, vesicle and even cells are examples of such squishy materials. Soft materials often reside at the interface of physics, chemistry, biology and engineering. Thus, understanding, manipulating and creating new soft materials requires an assortment of experimental techniques and expertise from many different fields. In this context conversations with experts from many disciplines have the potential to generate new ideas and results that will lead to fast progress in research.
What is a sound bite and how do I prepare to give one?
A sound bite is a short and concise talk. You should prepare for a presentation of 3 minutes. A time limit will be strictly enforced to ensure that everyone gets an equal opportunity to talk. You should provide a 3-4 slide PDF that will accompany your presentation. To prepare you should keep in mind that you have a very limited time to get a single idea across. You should make sure that everyone knows who you are, what organization you represent, and most importantly, a single straight forward exposition of what you are working on. The sound bite should contain enough information about your research so that people with similar problems and interests know to seek you out during coffee and lunch. You should also prominently display your email and website if you have one. After you register you will receive information about when and where to send your sound bite PDF document.