Soft Matter Mathematical Modelling
Il Palazzone, Cortona (Italy), 10 - 14 September 2001


Sept. 10
Sept. 11
Sept. 12
Sept. 13
Sept. 14


Monday, 10 September  2001

Chairman: Ray J. Atkin

09:00 Registration

Remembering Frank Leslie
09:45 R.J. Atkin Reflections on the life and work of Frank Leslie (1935-2000)
10:00 T. Sluckin Reflections on the life and work of Frank Leslie (1935-2000)
11:00 Coffee Break
11:30 M. Osipov Orientational ordering, chiral structures and formation of superlattices in organic monolayers
12:05 I. Stewart Backflow in planar layers of ferroelectric smectic C: switch-on times and relaxation effects

13:00 - 15:00 Lunch

Chairman: Tim Sluckin

15:05 H.R. Brand Physical properties of fluid biaxial smectic phases:selected recent developments
16:00 Coffee Break
16:30 R.J. Atkin Static domain wall solutions for smectic C liquid crystals
17:05 N. Mottram Flexoelectric switching in bistable nematic cells

Tuesday, 11 September 2001

Chairman: Eugene C. Gartland

09:30 G. Marrucci Molecular models for the rheology of polymer melts
10:25 P.L. Maffettone Complex dynamics in sheared liquid crystalline polymers
11:00 Coffee Break
11:30 S. Kralj Kinetics of defects in confined nematic liquid crystals
12:05 S. Zumer Disjoining pressure in very thin nematogenic film

13:00 - 15:00 Lunch

Chairman: Iain Stewart

15:05 E.C. Gartland Elastic forces on nematic point defects
16:00 Coffee Break
16:30 Round Table
Liquid Crystals
P. Galatola - Reversible creation of pairs of defects of opposite charge
E.G. Virga - Dynamics ofdissipative systems: Rayleigh equations
A.M. Sonnet - Dynamics of dissipative systems: Ericksen-Leslie theory

Wednesday, 12 September  2001

Chairman: Maurice Kléman

09:30 E. Terentjev Nematohydrodynamics and anomalous viscoelasticityof liquid crystalline elastomers and gels
10:25 T. Sluckin Non-linear dynamics of nematic liquid crystals inthepresence of a shear flow
11:00 Coffee Break
11:30 A.M. Sonnet Balance of angular momentum in the presence of microstructure
12:05 H. Stark A Poisson-bracket approach to the dynamics of liquidcrystals

13:00 - 15:00 Lunch

Chairman: Bostjan Zeks

15:05 S. Hess Modelling plastic flow of soft solids
16:00 Coffee Break
16:30 R. Rosso Stability of lipid membranes: handle with care

Thursday, 13 September  2001

Chairman: Slobodan Zumer

09:30 C. Misbah Nonequilibrium vesicle dynamics
10:25 F. Bisi Curvature effects on membrane-mediated interactions of proteins
11:00 Coffee Break
11:30 S. Svetina Shapes of membranes constrained by cellular walls
12:05 B. Zeks The stability of long, nearly cylindrical phospholipid vesicles

13:00 - 15:00 Lunch

Chairman: Jean-Baptiste Fournier

15:05 B. Fourcade Membrane coated with polymers: from soft condensed matter to bio-adhesion
16:00 Coffee Break
16:30 Round Table
E. Canetta -- New developments in the biophysics of cellular adhesion
A. Nicolas -- Polymers grafted onto a membrane: frustration effects
C. Tordeux -- Adhesion of vesicles to curved substrates
P. Biscari -- Mediated forces between proteins

Friday, 14 September  2001

Chairman: Helmut R. Brand

09:30 M. Kléman Defects in a TGBA liquid crystal phase: optical observations, theory
10:25 P. Galatola Elastically-mediated anisotropic interactions in colloid s
11:00 Coffee Break
11:30 J.-B. Fournier Coarse-graining of soft-matter interfaces
S. Hess
A look back at flow birefringence and backflow

13:00 - 15:00 Lunch


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