Colloidal, Macromolecular & Biological Gels: Formulation, Properties & Applications

An ECI Conference

July 10-14, 2016
Schloss Hernstein Seminarhotel
Hernstein, Austria

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About This Conference

Many colloidal, surfactant, macromolecular and biological systems such as proteins, hydrophobically modified  polymers, and biopolymers form gels and glasses under different formulation conditions.  Gels can be formed through numerous routes based upon the interactions and self-association present in these systems and can be tuned through modulating the formulation conditions such pH, electrolyte levels, extent of hydrophobic modification, etc. For instance, gels can be obtained through the formation of networks in self-assembling systems such as proteins, surfactant and macromolecular systems, through depletion based attraction in colloid/polymer mixtures, through strong short range attractive interactions present in many colloidal systems etc. Systems having short range attractive and long range repulsive interactions also tend to exhibit rich phase behavior including gel phases. Colloidal glasses are also formed in many cases in which the macroscopic properties such as rheology are influenced by the drastic slowing down of dynamics under high packing conditions.

The rich macroscopic properties exhibited by gels and glasses have allowed their wide-scale adoption and exploitation across a multitude of industrial sectors for a wide range of applications. Gels and glasses are utilized in personal care, foods, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, coatings, separation techniques etc. The development of formulation design rules for these gels to achieve high shelf-life stability and functional performance is driven by establishing the formulation-microstructure-processing-macroscopic property (e.g., rheology) linkages in these systems.  This requires a combination of theory, modelling, novel experimental techniques to develop the required insights and many new developments has taken place over the last several years in these areas.  In addition many new applications are being driven by making the gelation process dependent upon application of various specific stimuli such as light, pH, temperature, etc. in order to generate ‘smart’ responses under different application conditions. This has resulted to developments in the chemistry of various systems and bringing together the knowledge in theory, modelling and experiments of gelling systems.

This conference aims to bring together researchers from academia and a wide range of industrial sectors working in the gels area to facilitate cross-disciplinary and cross-industry learnings.

Specific topics that will be covered include:

-Colloidal & Surfactant Gels
-Polymeric & Polyelectrolyte Gels
-Protein & Biological Gels & Networks
-Colloidal Glasses
-Biopolymer Gels
-Dynamically Arrested Gels
-Smart or stimuli responsive Gels
-Transient Polymer Networks

The meeting will cover:

-Theory & Modeling
-Synthesis, formulation and manufacture
-Characterization and Novel Experimental Techniques – microstructure, interactions, rheology
-Applications

Conference Organization

Conference Chairs

Dr. Samiul Amin, Assistant Vice President–Open Research L’Oreal , USA   Tel: 732-850-7424              samin@rd.us.loreal.com

Professor Saad Khan, Alcoa Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University, USA     Tel:  1-919-515-4519     khan@ncsu.edu

Organizing Committee

Professor Raffaele Mezzenga, Head of Institute Food & Soft Materials ETHZ, IFNH FSM Group, LFO, Switzerland     raffaele.mezzenga@hest.ethz.ch

Professor Srini Raghavan, Professor and Patrick & Marguerite Sung Chair, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Maryland College Park, USA     sraghava@umd.edu

Professor Gerardo Palazzo, Department of Chemistry, University of Bari, Italy    gerardo.palazzo@ uniba.it

Professor Robert Prud’homme, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University, USA    prudhomm@princeton.edu

Professor Anubhav Tripathi, Division of Engineering & Division of Biology & Medicine, Brown University, USA   anubhav_tripathi@brown.edu

Dr.Krassimir Velikov, Science Leader & Team Leader, Unilever R&D, Netherlands     Krassimir.Velikov@unilever.com

Professor Patrick Spicer, Faculty of Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia     p.spicer@unsw.edu.au

Professor  Eric Furst, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware, USA     furst@udel.edu

Dr. Deniz Zeynel Gunes, Nestlé Research Center, Lausanne, Switzerland    zeyneldeniz.gunes@rdls.nestle.com

Abstract Submission

Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations:              Closed
Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations:          May 31, 2016

One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted above.  The abstract should include both the 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.  Please indicate the session for which you are submitting your abstract, or else select “poster presentation”.

All abstracts should be submitted electronically and submissions must follow the template provided at this link.

Confirmed Speakers

Confirmed Speakers       (October 28, 2015)

  • Daniel Bonn (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Luca Cipeletti (Montpellier, France)
  • Paul Clegg (Edinburgh, UK)
  • Dganit Danino (Technion, Israel)
  • Jan Dhont (Juelich, Germany)
  • Cecile Dreiss (Kings College London, UK)
  • Philipp Erni (Firmenich, Switzerland)
  • Zhen Gu (North Carolina State Univ., USA)
  • Yogesh Joshi (IIT Kanpur, India)
  • Robert Leheny (Johns Hopkins, USA)
  • Alex Levine (UCLA, USA)
  • Gareth McKinley (MIT, USA)
  • Sergio Murgia (Cagliari, Italy)
  • Ulf Olsson (Lund, Sweden)
  • Georgios Petekidis (Crete, Greece)
  • Roberto Piazza (Politecnico di Milano , Italy)
  • Darren Pochan (Delaware, USA)
  • Wilson Poon (Edinburgh, UK)
  • Frank Scheffold (Fribourg, Switzerland)
  • Todd Squires (UCSB, USA)
  • James Swan (MIT, USA)
  • Job Ubbink (Food Concept and Physical Design GmbH, Switzerland)
  • Erik van der Linden (Wageningen, Netherlands)
  • Orlin Velev (NCSU, USA)
  • Dimitris Vlassopoulos (Crete, Greece)
  • Roseanna Zia (Cornell, USA)

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Sponsorship Opportunities

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Conference Venue

The conference will be held at Schloss Hernstein Seminar Hotel. The hotel is situated in the wonderful Triestingtal valley, surrounded by pine forests and a carp lake. Guests can enjoy sauna, steam and fitness rooms, as well as a large indoor swimming pool. There are also several signposted routes for jogging on forest tracks starting at the hotel.

Hernstein Castle is situated at the fringe of the Viennese Basin, in the stepped footland of the Styrian and Lower Austrian limestone alps. Its history goes back to medieval times: once the castle safeguarded the street to Berndorf Village and the valley before it. In former times the building comprised a housing unit and a chapel. It would have been very difficult to expand the building; therefore a new castle – the core of today´s castle – was built in the valley at the foot of the mountain where the old castle had been built.

After the Turkish wars this new building was expanded and in the 18th century it got a uniform facade. For a long time the castle was owned by the Habsburgs and was used as domicile by Archduke Leopold Ludwig. The renowned architect Theophil Hansen designed the castle.

Hernstein Castle is one of the largest seminar hotels in Austria and is only available to seminar participants. Therefore it ensures a tranquil atmosphere of learning and working. Hernstein Castle has 74 modern bedrooms. Room amenities include sky and satellite TV, a minibar, work desk, and wireless internet.

Travel Information

If you are driving to the conference, map and directions are provided.  Your browser can translate the page into English.

If you are not renting a car, the easiest way to get to Schloss Hernstein is to take a taxi from the airport. You can also take a train from Vienna to Leobersdorf and then a taxi to Hernstein. Be certain to print out the map and directions in case the taxi driver in Vienna is not familiar with the rural area where Schloss Hernstein is location.

Address: Seminarhotel Schloss Hernstein, Berndorfer Strasse 32, 2560 Hernstein. Telephone: +43-2633 472510

Conference Fees and Registration

Conference Fees

All conference fees are inclusive. They include registration, accommodations (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights), all meals, drinks and taxes the welcome reception on Sunday through breakfast on Friday. Incidental fees (telephone calls, faxes, spa, laundry, etc.) are billed to your personal account by the hotel.

ALL PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING MEMBERS OF THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE AND INVITED SPEAKERS) ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

The conference fees are:

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June 10, 2016

Participant (single occupancy or sharing room with a guest; guest fee additional) US $1,775.00 US $1,975.00
Participant (sharing a room with another participant) US $1,695.00 US $1,895.00
Bona fide Graduate Student (sharing a room with another 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 Kathy@engconfintl.org) US $1,185.00 US $1,185.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (Includes all meals and drinks as well as the conference excursion) US $740.00 US $740.00

If you plan to bring children to the conference, please contact ECI (info@engconfintl.org) for pricing.

Conference Registration

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Pre/Post Conference Registration:  If you plan to arrive before July 10 or stay after July 14th, you must make separate room reservations directly with the hotel.  Go to THIS PAGE and click on the appropriate conference to access the form for the hotel.

Special Notes for Payment

We suggest that you register as soon as possible to be certain that you will have a hotel room at the conference rate.  Late registrations will be accepted on a space available basis.

All participants are encouraged to register before June 10, 2016.  There is a discounted price for registering before this date and hotel space cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after this date.  Your registration is not officially confirmed until we receive payment of the amount due.  ECI reserves the right to cancel your room registration if payment is not received. Your invoice/receipt will automatically be e-mailed upon of receipt of your registration.

Because of contractual guarantees made with the hotel for room and meal functions, no shows, late arrivals, missed meals and early departures cannot receive fee adjustments.  If you have a disability and may require accommodation in order to participate fully in this conference, please indicate this when you register. An ECI representative will contact you to discuss your specific needs. If you have special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian or a food allergy), please make a note on your registration.  The chef needs to know this information in advance if we are to accommodate you. ECI will attempt to accommodate special requests such as Kosher or Halal meals, but such meals may not be available at all conference sites. Any additional costs for special meal requests must be paid by the participant to ECI.

Payment must be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Amex), check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars, payable to ENGINEERING CONFERENCES INTERNATIONAL. Checks or money orders in any other currencies are NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Payment is made on the web site except for those who are sending payment by wire transfer or have a purchase order from their company/institution.

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Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be received by ECI in writing at least 28 days prior to the start of the conference in order for a full refund (less a processing fee) to be considered. The ECI auditors require that refunds for all conference cancellations be processed after the conference so that the necessary back-up information (e.g., hotel list of those in-house) can be attached to the refund request and ECI can verify that the hotel has not charged a cancellation fee.

Cancellation fees:

  • Cancellations received more than 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a processing fee of 4% of the total fee, plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 15 – 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $250 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 8 – 14 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $500 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the conference start date.
  • No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather or travel disruptions/cancellations.

Registrations can be transferred without incurring any penalty or cancellation fee.

Denied or delayed visa

If a participant is forced to cancel due to a denied or delayed entry visa, ECI will issue a full refund provided that ECI has been notified of a potential visa issue at least four weeks prior to the conference start date.

Change of payment method

If an attendee who has already paid the conference fee with a credit card requests that the fee be refunded to that card so that it can be paid in a different manner (e.g., charged to an alternate credit card, or paid via check or bank transfer), a processing fee of 4% of the total fee amount will apply.

Disclaimer

It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of ECI to alter the content and timing of the program or the identity of the speakers. In the unfortunate circumstance that an event is cancelled, ECI is not liable for any costs incurred by participants in connection with their attendance.

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