The 6th Northeast Complex Fluids and Soft Matter Workshop

The Northeast Complex Fluids and Soft Matter Workshop brings together researchers working on the science and engineering of complex fluids and soft matter, including polymers, granular materials, biomaterials, colloids, foams, and liquid crystals. This informal workshop will bring together researchers to exchange ideas and foster collaborations. The workshops host a mix of invited talks, short presentations, and networking time.


The 6th Northeast Complex Fluids and Soft Matter (NCS) workshop will be held at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ on January 13th, 2017. The NCS workshop is a one-day event hosted bi-annually at research universities in the NJ/NY/CT area. Previous workshops were held at Rutgers University, City College of New York, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Stony Brook University, and NYU Tandon.

Registration is free; however, in order to participate registration is required by January 9th, 2017, using the form below. Please indicate on the registration form if you wish to participate in a presentation (oral or poster). Short talks will be approximately eight minutes in length.

Lunch will be provided for all attendees.

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8:15-8:55 a.m. Breakfast and Registration Babbio Center, Room 122. Registration and poster setup in atrium outside room 122.
8:55-9:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks Mo Dehghani, Vice Provost of Research
Invited Talks
9:00-9:30 a.m. Pinar Akcora, Stevens Institute of Technology "Dispersion of ion-containing polymer grafted nanoparticles in ionic liquids"
9:30-10:00 a.m. Kyle Bishop,Columbia University "Contact charge electrophoresios for powering colloidal machines"
10:00-10:20 a.m. Coffee Break
10:20-11:50 a.m. Short Presentations I: Experiments
1 Wei Xu, Stevens Institute of Technology "Low-voltage droplet manipulation via tunable wetting on smart polymers"
2 Xiaoyi Hu, Stony Brook University "Destabilization of viscosity stratifications in microfluidic channel: interfacial waves and droplets"
3 Dong Song, Stevens Institute of Technology "A comparison between static de-icing and dynamic anti-icing properties of superhydrophobic surfaces"
4 Lin Lei, Rutgers University "Morphological control of melting gel materials by electrospray"
5 Madhu Majji, City College of New York "Inertial migration in Taylor-Couette flow"
6 Siqi Du, Rutgers University "Deterministic lateral displacement systems with anchored-liquid obstacles"
7 David Gagnon, University of Pennsylvania "Swimming in complex fluids"
8 Tianxing Ma, Rutgers University "Focused laser spike dewetting of metallic thin films"
9 Ivana Seric, New Jersey Institute of Technology "Explicit demonstration of the role of Marangoni effect in the breakup of nanoscale liquid filaments"
11:50-1:20 p.m. Lunch and Poster Presentations Babbio Atrium
Invited Talks
1:20-1:50 p.m. Shahriar Afkhami, New Jersey Institute of Technology "Large scale simulation of forced dewetting"
1:50-2:20 p.m. Joel Koplik,City University of New York "Nanoparticles at interfaces"
2:20-2:40 p.m. Coffee Break
2:40-3:40 p.m. Short Presentations II: Theory and Simulations
1 Salman Sohrabi, Lehigh University "Efficient Capture and Release of Cells through a Micro-patterned Surface"
2 Abbas Fakhari, University of Notre Dame "Numerical simulation of partial coalescence cascade"
3 Sheng Mao, Princeton University "Particle aggregation during receptor-mediated endocytosis"
4 Pejman Sanaei, New Jersey Institute of Technology "Modeling Branching Pore Structures in Membrane Filters"
5 Siddhartha Sarkar, Princeton University "Elastic multipole method for describing deformations of 2D solid structures"
6 Tianya Yin, Rutgers University "Molecular dynamics simulation of particle re-entrainment induced by a moving liquid-liquid interface"
3:40-4:00 p.m. Coffee Break
Invited Talks
4:00-4:30 p.m. Eric Furst, University of Delaware "Microrheology for soft materials discovery and characterization"
4:30-5:00 p.m. Valentina Prigiobbe,Stevens Institute of Technology "Nanoparticle-stabilized foam transport in porous media"
Closing Remarks

Contributed Posters:

Students may set up their posters upon arrival in Babbio Atrium and leave them up all day. Students should stand by their posters to receive questions from attendees starting at 12:45 p.m.