APS Focus Session “New Mesophase Symmetries and Topologies in Self-Assembled Soft Matter” @ New Orleans
Mar 13 – Mar 17 all-day

Focus session at APS March Meeting in New Orleans, Lousiana

1.1.24: New Mesophase Symmetries and Topologies in Self-Assembled Soft Matter (GSOFT/DBIO/DPOLY) [same as 2.1.18, 4.1.25]

The ever-growing variety of ordered morphologies accessible from spontaneous self-assembly remains a fascinating area of soft materials research, relevant to block polymers, binary and ternary lipid systems, thermotropic liquid crystals, colloids and many more. Many new topologies and symmetries in soft matter have been recently reported, including tetrahedrally closest-packed and low symmetry Frank-Kasper phases, soft quasicrystals, a variety of low symmetry bicontinuous and polycontinuous network phase structures, and disordered variants such as the sponge phases. This focus session addresses the formation of new mesophase structures, their functional properties and their relevance for biotechnological applications and their role in biological membrane and nanostructure systems.

Organizers: Gerd Schröder-Turk (Murdoch University), Annela Seddon (Bristol), Mahesh K. Mahanthapa (University of Minnesota), Cecilia Leal (University of Illinois)

DPG Frühjahrstagung Symposium “Bioinspired Functional Materials”
Mar 20 – Mar 21 all-day
DPG Frühjahrstagung Symposium "Bioinspired Functional Materials"

DPG Spring Meeting in Dresden (19-24 March) symposium

Bioinspired Functional Materials: From Nature’s Nanoarchitectures to Nanofabricated Designs (SYBM).

Biological materials often achieve functionality through complex spatial structures on the scale of nanometers and micrometers. Examples range from the brilliant optical reflections of butterfly wings and insects to the non-wetting properties of plant leaves. This symposium broadly addresses questions related to both function and formation of biological materials, as well as strategies for the self-assembly or the top-down fabrication of bio-inspired or bio-related structures and designs.

This symposium is organised by the topical groups Chemical Physics and Polymer Physics (CPP), Biological Physics (BP), Metals and Materials (MM), dielectric solids (DF), Dynamics and Statistical Physics (DY) und MI. The invited session will take place on Tuesday 21 March in the morning

Abstracts are invited for an associated session for contributed presentations and posters (which can be found under the banner of the CPP section of the DPG on the abstract submission page:

Invited speakers of the symposium will be

Prof Peter Vukusic, Exeter University, England : Biophotonics and insect nanostructures

Dr Silvia Vignolini, Cambridge University, England : Biological and synthetic chiral structures in cellulose

Prof Vladimir Tsukruk, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA : Biomimetic applications of nanomaterials and their self-assembly

Prof Thomas Speck, Freiburg, Germany : Biomechanics and interface properties of plant tissue

Prof Martin Wegener, Karlsruhe, Germany : Nanofabrication of functional materials