Mini-symposium on Flow and Instability of Self-Assembled Systems

Flow and Instability of Self-Assembled Systems

September 12-14, 2018, OIST, Okinawa, Japan

Microstructured fluids formed from self-assembling systems such as surfactants and associating polymers have unique and highly-tunable flow properties that are of both fundamental interest and also enormous practical use. Such fluids play the role of rheology modifiers in products ranging through paints, inks, cosmetics, and detergents, and are also used in major applications including drag reduction, enhanced oil recovery and drug delivery. Characterizing and understanding the rheology of self-assembling systems is vital for maximizing their potential and optimizing their use in processes and applications. This task remains a topic of intense focus for experimental, numerical and theoretical researchers.

This mini-symposium will bring together world-leading researchers from the fields of engineering, rheology, applied mathematics and physics to review the current state-of-the-art in characterizing and understanding flows and instabilities in complex self-assembling systems, ranging from fundamental to applied perspectives. The mini-symposium will also provide a forum for the initiation of collaborations between researchers at OIST and leading experts from the wider scientific community. These goals will be accomplished through 2.5 days of talks and informal discussions. 




Confirmed Invited Speakers

  • Professor Tom McLeish (University of York, UK)
  • Professor Ruri Hidema (Kobe University, Japan)
  • Professor Monica Oliveira (University of Stratchclyde, UK)
  • Professor Manuel Alves (Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal)
  • Professor Tadashi Inoue (University of Osaka, Japan)
  • Professor Yujun Feng (Sichuan University, China)
  • Professor Jordi Ortin (University of Barcelona, Spain)
  • Professor Paul Salipante (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
  • Professor Chen-Li Sun (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
  • Professor Pouyan Boukany (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)
  • Professor Mike Cromer (Rocherster Institute of Technology, USA)


Confirmed OIST Speakers



A programme and book of abstracts will be available for download shortly.