Association in Solution IV

An ECI Conference Series

July 31-August 4, 2017
Memorial University
St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

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About This Conference

Molecular association in solution, involving self-assembly, precipitation, complex formation etc., is a fundamental process in many areas, ranging from biology to materials science. Resulting structures, being equilibrium states or kinetically trapped, often occur on the colloidal or “nano” length scale, one nanometer to one micrometer. These resulting colloidal or nanostructures are direct consequences of intermolecular interactions on the shorter, molecular length scale. Hence to understand such systems requires characterization on a wide range of length and time scales, often using a combination of several experimental techniques and computer simulation. This involves also macroscopic length scales, on which very complex viscoelastic flow behavior often can be observed.

Self-assembled nanostructured materials are ubiquitous in a wide range of industries, covering areas such as drug delivery, home & personal care, nanotechnology, foods, coatings etc. For the synthesis of many novel nano-materials self-assembly or controlled precipitation is of fundamental importance. It has been generally recognized that large scale fabrication of such materials cannot be done top-down. They have to be built from bottom-up.

The basic laws of nature, on the molecular length scale are known. What then characterizes contemporary science is the ability to analyze more and more complex systems, driven by access to a steadily increasing computational power and the development of new and sophisticated experimental tools. As a consequence, physics and physical chemistry are expanding into life science, creating new exciting areas like biological physics and colloidal biology.

In this conference, the fourth in the ECI Association in Solution series, we aim to bring together scientists from physics, chemistry, biology and engineering to discuss recent advances in the area of self-assembled and related systems.                The conference cuts across key, emerging areas in the biological, chemical, physical sciences along with nano- and micro-scale engineering. The topic is central to many major industries including food, cosmetics and consumer products, pharmaceuticals and energy, e.g., oil and gas production.  

Support for Students

The organizers are pleased to offer student travel grants to support the cost of attending the Association in Solution IV conference at Memorial University, St. John’s, July 31 – August 4, 2017. These grants are available to any doctoral student who has an accepted poster presentation. Each student grant will cover the meeting registration including all food and lodging (possibly in shared room). Students may also request additional travel support for flights etc. and such requests will be considered if the budget permits.

To apply, the student must write a letter requesting the grant; and the student’s advisor should add a letter of support, certifying that the student is currently a doctoral student in good standing and needs the travel support for the meeting. Only one application per faculty advisor will be accepted for this meeting. Letters from the student and advisor should be submitted via the following link:

Conference Organization


Ulf Olsson, Physical Chemistry, Lund University, Sweden    E-mail:      Fax: +46 – 46 – 222 44 13

Norman Wagner, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware, USA       e-mail:  Fax: +1-302-831-1048

Anand Yethiraj, Dept. of Physics and Phys. Oceanography, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL A1B 3X7, Canada.     email:     fax: +1 709-864-8739          web:

Scientific Committee

Jure Dobnikar (Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
John Dutcher (University of Guelph, Canada)
Cecile Fradin (McMaster University, Canada)
Steve Granick (Center for Soft and Living Matter, Korea)
Tadashi Kato (Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan)
Walter Richtering (University of Aachen, Germany)
Maria Santore (University of Massachusetts, USA)
Veronique Schmitt (Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal, Pessac, France)
Beth Schubert (Procter & Gamble, USA)
Ilja Voets (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands)
Emanuela Zaccarelli (University of Rome, “la Sapienza”, Italy)

Call for Abstracts

Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations:                  May 15, 2017

Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations:              May 31, 2017

One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted above. The abstract should include both significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed in order to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers.

All abstracts must be submitted electronically and submissions must follow the template provided at THIS LINK.

A poster competition among graduate student submissions is planned.

Major Sponsors

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Conference Venue

Memorial University of Newfoundland is the largest university in the Atlantic portion of Canada.  Its 18,000+ students primarily study the fields of education, engineering, business, geology and medicine.  A non-denominational school, MUN opened in 1925 with 57 students.  It was initially established as a memorial to the Newfoundlanders who had lost their lives duing WWI, later rededicated to include the province’s war dead from WWII.

St. John’s Attractions and Activities

St. John’s is one of the oldest cities in Canada.  According to tradition, the city earned its name when John Cabot, the English explorer, became the first European to sail into the harbor on June 24, 1497–the feast day of Saint John the Baptist.

Johnson Geo Centre               Pippy Park                      Railway Museum

Signal Hill National Historic Site                 A Walk on St. John’s Waterfront

Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist                 Botanical Garden

St. John’s Newfoundland Tourism Site

Address:  230 Elizabeth Ave., St. John’s, NL A1B 3X9, Canada          Campus Map     

St. Johns Weather:  On average, the daily high will reach 70 F (21 C) and the daily low about 53 F (11 C).  It would be prudent to bring a sweater, expect clouds and light rain.


The major airport serving St. John’s is the St John’s International Airport which is less than 10 km (6 miles) from the city center.  The primary airline is Air Canada.

Car Rental:  The airport is served by many of the major car rental agencies-Avis, Budgeg, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.

Taxis:  City Wide Taxi is the exclusive provider of ground transportation services for the public at St. John’s International Airport.  Taxi cabs queue outside the Arrivals Area. A taxi dispatcher is available to assist you.

Taxi rates are set for hotels. All other locations are charged at the meter + $5.  Taxis are waiting for you upon arrival.  Therefore, a premium rate is set so that customers can avail of immediate service.

 Please note:  there is no public transit or shuttle service other than for specific hotels operating directly to and from St. John’s International Airport.  For further information, please contact City Wide Taxi at (+1 709) 722-7777.

Conference Fees

Conference Fees including accommodations

The conference fees below include registration, dorm room accommodations (a private bedroom in a two-bedroom suite with one bathroom for the nights of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday), all meals and breaks with the exception of dinner on Wednesday, excursion, taxes, and gratuities from the welcome reception and dinner on Monday through lunch on Friday.


Registration will be available once the preliminary program is completed.

The conference fees including accommodations at Memorial University are:

Participant (includes private bedroom in a two-bedroom suite with one bathroom ) US $1,435.00
Bona fide Graduate Student (includes private bedroom in a two-bedroom suite with one bathroom) (Those in this category must send proof of current status – copy of current Student ID can be faxed to 1-212-514-6030 or emailed to US $1,020.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing two-bedroom dorm suite with participant or student. (Includes all meals and drinks as well as the conference excursion) US $655.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing two-bedroom dorm suite with single occupancy participant. (Room only) US $215.00

Conference Fees without accommodations

The conference fees below include registration, all meals and breaks with the exception of dinner on Wednesday, excursion, taxes, and gratuities from the welcome reception and dinner on Monday through lunch on Friday. Accommodations are NOT included.

ECI has reserved a block of hotels at the Sheraton Newfoundland Hotel, about a 5-minute drive from Memorial University. Conference attendees will receive a discounted rate of CDN$ 209 per night plus taxes. Attendees must book their rooms directly with the hotel. Please click here to make your reservation.

The conference fees without accommodations are:

Participant US $1,230.00
Bona fide Graduate Student  (Those in this category must send proof of current status – copy of current Student ID can be faxed to 1-212-514-6030 or emailed to US $815.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person (Includes all meals and drinks as well as the conference excursion) US $450.00

If you plan to bring children to the conference, please contact ECI ( for pricing.

General Information about ECI

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a not-for-profit global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

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