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November, 11/01/2014
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November 6, 2014 Thursday 4:00 PM  +
Meyer 122
Physics Colloquia (colloquia)


Zvonimir Dogic
Brandeis University

Autonomous Motility in Soft Active Matter

The laws of equilibrium statistical mechanics impose severe constraints on the properties of conventional materials assembled from inanimate building blocks. Consequently, such materials cannot exhibit spontaneous motion or perform macroscopic work; i.e., a fluid in a beaker remains quiescent unless driven by external forces. Inspired by biological phenomena such Drosophila cytoplasmic streaming, our goal is to develop soft active materials assembled from animate, energy-consuming building blocks. Released from the constraints of the equilibrium, such internally driven materials are able to change-shape, oscillate, crawl, flow, swim, and exert forces on their boundaries to produce macroscopic work. They can serve as a platform for developing novel material applications, testing fundamental theoretical models of far-from-equilibrium active matter and potentially even shedding light on self-organization processes that take place in living cells.


November 13, 2014 Thursday 4:00 PM  +
Meyer 122
Physics Colloquia (colloquia)


Sharon Glotzer
University of Michigan

TBA



November 20, 2014 Thursday 4:00 PM  +
Meyer 122
Physics Colloquia (colloquia)


Richard Gaitskell
Brown University

TBA



December 4, 2014 Thursday 4:00 PM  +
Meyer 122
Physics Colloquia (colloquia)


Paul Janmey
University of Pennsylvania

TBA



December 11, 2014 Thursday 4:00 PM  +
Meyer 122
Physics Colloquia (colloquia)


Ali Yazdani
Princeton University

TBA



January 29, 2015 Thursday 4:00 PM  +
Meyer 122
Physics Colloquia (colloquia)


Alessandra Lanzara
UC Berkeley

TBA



February 5, 2015 Thursday 4:00 PM  +
Meyer 122
Physics Colloquia (colloquia)


John Johnson

TBA



February 12, 2015 Thursday 4:00 PM  +
Meyer 122
Physics Colloquia (colloquia)


Vincenzo Vitelli
Leiden

TBA



February 26, 2015 Thursday 4:00 PM  +
Meyer 122
Physics Colloquia (colloquia)


Vicky Kaspi
McGill University

TBA



March 12, 2015 Thursday 4:00 PM  +
Meyer 122
Physics Colloquia (colloquia)


Joe Lykken

TBA



March 26, 2015 Thursday 4:00 PM  +
Meyer 122
Physics Colloquia (colloquia)


Jerome Bibette
EPSCI

TBA



April 9, 2015 Thursday 4:00 PM  +
Meyer 122
Physics Colloquia (colloquia)


Mikhail Lukin
Harvard University

TBA



April 16, 2015 Thursday 4:00 PM  +
Meyer 122
Physics Colloquia (colloquia)


Gabriel Kotliar

TBA



April 30, 2015 Thursday 4:00 PM  +
Meyer 122
Physics Colloquia (colloquia)


Marc Kamionkowksi

TBA



May 7, 2015 Thursday 4:00 PM  +
Meyer 122
Physics Colloquia (colloquia)


Steve Furlanetto

TBA