Colloidal, Macromolecular and Biological Gels II

An ECI Continuing Series

July 21-24, 2019
Maryborough Hotel and Spa
Cork, Ireland

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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

Samiul Amin, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Manhattan College, USA  Email: samin01@manhattan.edu

Saad Khan, Alcoa Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University, USA  Email: khan@ncsu.edu

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

Abstract Submisson

Abstracts (one page maximum) that include specific results and conclusions to allow a scientific assessment of the proposed oral presentation are invited.  Please prepared your abstract according to this template: docx or doc.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically using the template provided at: THIS LINK.

Oral abstract submission deadline:                February 15, 2019
Poster abstract submission deadline:            April 15, 2019

Abstracts of all presentations will be made available to conference participants prior to the start of the conference.

Conference Venue

The conference will be held at the Maryborough Hotel and Spa in Cork, Ireland. Just a 10-minute taxi ride from both Cork City Center and the Cork International Airport, the hotel is surrounded by lush gardens and provides a serene setting for conferences. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, pool, full-service spa and fitness center.  Bedrooms feature flat screen televisions, tea and coffee facilities, and safes, as well as irons and ironing boards. The hotel has 93 rooms, many with verandas and balconies overlooking the gardens. The conference sessions will be held in the Sherrad Ballroom, which will provide ample space for both technical and poster sessions. Complimentary high-speed wifi is available throughout the property, including the meeting rooms. The Douglas Golf Club is just a six-minute walk from the hotel and the town of Douglas, with many shops, pubs and restaurants, is a 10-minute walk away.

Cork, Ireland

Known as the food capital of Ireland, Cork is rich in history and features a number of art galleries, theaters and museums. In 2005, Cork was designated the European Capital of Culture and it was recognized as one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2010. Located in the Southeast of Ireland, Cork City serves as the shopping and commercial capital of the south.

The city dates back to the sixth century, when St. Finbar founded a monastic settlement there. Around 915, Viking settlers established a trading community. By the 12th century the settlement had become the chief city of the Kingdom of South Munster, having survived raids and sporadic settlement by Norsemen. Irish rule was short-lived, and by 1185 Cork was under English rule. Thereafter it changed hands regularly during the relentless struggle between Irish and Crown forces. The complete history of Cork can be found here.

The city centre is built on an island in the River Lee, just upstream of Cork Harbour. The two channels of the River Lee which embrace the city centre are spanned by many bridges, and this gives the city a distinctive continental air.

The city is easily walkable, and popular attractions include ringing the Shandon Bells in the 300-year-old tower of St. Anne’s Church, and visiting the French Gothic spires of St. Finbarre’s Cathedral. There are many unique shopping and dining options, including the famous English Market, with its stalls selling foods from all over the world.

At every corner you’ll come across another panoramic view, another interesting architectural feature and some of the best art galleries ,theatres and museums in Ireland.

The city is home to University College Cork, established in 1845 as one of three Queen’s Colleges – at Cork, Galway and Belfast. These new colleges were established in the reign of Queen Victoria, and named after her.

The famous Blarney Castle, home to the Blarney Stone, is just twenty minutes drive from the city center.  West Cork, nicknamed “A Place Apart”, offers a break from the speed of the city.  Nature sets the pace in this beautiful south west corner of Ireland – stretching from Kinsale  on the south coast to three rugged westerly peninsulas reaching into the wild Atlantic: Mizen Head, Sheep’s Head and Beara.

More information can be found on the Cork Tourism web site and the Discover Ireland Cork Guide.

Transportation

Directions to Maryborough Hotel from Cork Airport:

The hotel is located approximately 10 minutes away from Cork airport by car or taxi.

  • Travel down Airport Hill
  • At Airport Road roundabout, take first exit onto Farmers Cross N27
  • Follow N27 to Kinsale roundabout
  • Take 4th exit onto South Ring road  – N25 East
  • Once on N25, take 2nd exit for Douglas, ignoring 1st exit marked for Douglas West
  • At the traffic lights, turn right
  • At the roundabout, take 2nd exit traveling straight ahead
  • At the traffic lights, drive straight on, until you reach a second roundabout
  • Take 3rd exit off roundabout (Douglas Golf Club on directional fingerpost)
  • This is Maryborough Hill; the hotel is situated up the hill on the left hand side

Directions from other Airports

From Shannon Airport, Ireland to The Maryborough Hotel & Spa
Time: 1 hour 45 mins Distance: 128 km
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From Kerry Airport to The Maryborough Hotel & Spa
Time: 1 hour 30 mins Distance: 104 km
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From Dublin Airport to The Maryborough Hotel & Spa
Time: 2 hours 30 mins Distance: 263 km
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Train Service

Train service is widely available between cities in Ireland. For complete details, schedules and fares, visit Irish Rail. Direct trains run from Dublin Heuston Station to Cork (Kent). The trip from Dublin to Cork takes about 2 ½ hours. Dublin Heuston Station can be reached from Dublin Airport via a bus connection outside the terminal or by taxi (15-25 minutes depending on traffic).

Bus Service

Bus service is also widely available. Buses run directly from Dublin Airport and Shannon Airport to Cork City. The journey takes about three hours. Bus service is recommended for transfers between Shannon and Cork City as there are no direct trains. The trip takes about 2 ½ hours. For fares and schedules visit http://www.buseireann.ie/

General Information about ECI

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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.

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