German-Greek Workshop "Structural methods for the investigation of soft responsive matter 2014"

The deadline for registration and abstract submission has been postponed to April 22, 2014.

The program can be found here.

From May 12 to 16, 2014, the German-Greek workshop "Structural methods for the investigation of soft responsive matter" will be held at TU München in Garching, Germany.

Soft responsive matter is an emerging class of materials which reacts strongly to changes of the environment, such as temperature or pH value. Many exciting possibilities in fields as different as microfluidics, bioengineering and drug delivery have been proposed. These are based on the possibility to control the state of the material, e.g. the water-solubility or the degree of swelling, as well as the kinetics of the response to changes of the outer variables. Examples comprise temperature- and pH-responsive polymers which form microgels or micellar networks. Interesting phenomena are observed on many length and time scales, such as the role of bound water, the change of chain conformations as well as the collapse of the network. Analogies with biomolecules may help in the understanding of the interaction with water.

Understanding of these new materials requires a wealth of structural methods, such as optical methods, light, X-ray and neutron scattering, especially in a time-resolved manner, as well as computer simulations. Controlled synthesis methods are of key importance.

The workshop is intended for master and PhD students. It will comprise lectures on the behavior of responsive polymers, synthesis strategies, structural, thermal and dielectric methods for their investigation and computer simulations. Hands on experience will be gained during laboratory experiments. A guided tour through the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz research reactor FRM II will display neutron instruments for the study of soft responsive matter. A poster session will allow for discussion of systems and methods. The abstract deadline is April 22, 2014.

On May 14, a visit of the Residenz in Munich and a bavarian dinner are planned.

The program can be found here.

The workshop is part of the program "Hochschulpartnerschaften mit Griechenland" by Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, DAAD.

Workshop organizers:
Prof. Christine M. Papadakis, Technische Universität München, Germany
Prof. Apostolos Kyritsis, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

The workshop is supported by Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) within the program "Hochschulpartnerschaften mit Griechenland".