Kathleen J. Stebe
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Enginering, University of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 3:35pm - 4:25pm
103 Leonhard Building

There are important physical fields, intrinsic to soft matter, which we can exploit to direct colloidal assembly. The central idea is this: When a colloid is placed in a soft host, the colloid deforms the host, with some energetic consequence. The host can be a fluid interface, a nematic liquid crystal, or a lipid bilayer membrane. In each of these examples, molding the soft matter host defines energy fields that drive colloidal assembly. In the small deformation limit, important analogies to charge multipoles guide our thinking. The value and limitations of these analogies are explored as strategies are developed for directed assembly.

Dr. Kathleen Stebe is Deputy Dean for Research in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, as well as the Richer and Elizabeth Goodwin Professor of Engineering and Applied Science in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Pennsylvania.