Colloidal, Macromolecular and Biological Gels II

An ECI Continuing Series

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

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            Call for Abstracts!   Deadlines:  Oral and Poster-  Closed

List of Posters    

Poster presenters: The display size of the poster boards is 1 m wide by 1.5 m high.

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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

Confirmed Speakers

Dave Adams, University of Glasgow,  UK
Gaurav Arya, Duke University, USA
Kenji Aramaki, Yokohama National University, Japan
Surita Bhatia, Stony Brook University, USA
Ronit Bitton, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Roger Bonnecaze, University of Texas, USA
Justin Burton, Emory University, USA
Michel Cloitre,  ESPCI PSL, France
Jack Douglas, NIST, USA
Jan Genzer, North Carolina State University, USA
Michael Gradzielski, Technical University of Berlin, Germany
Vijay John, Tulane University, USA
Saad Khan, North Carolina State University, USA
Daniel King, Hokkaido University, Japan
Lilian Hsiao, North Carolina State University, USA
Yakov Lapitsky, University of Toledo, USA
Jodie Lutkenhaus, Texas A&M University, USA
Oguz Okay, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
Greg Payne, University of Maryland, USA
Sarah Perry, University of Massachusetts, USA
Srinivasa Raghavan, University of Maryland, USA
Orlando Rojas, Aalto University, Finland
Hideki Sakai, Tokyo University of Science, Japan
Jessica Schiffman, University of Massachusetts, USA
Kelly Schultz, Lehigh University, USA
Mohan Srinivasarao, Georgia Tech, USA
Michael Tam, University of Waterloo, Canada
Shih-Huang Tung, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Krassimir Velikov, Unilever, Netherlands
Orlin Velev, North Carolina State Unversity, USA
Henning Winter, University of Massachusetts, USA

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

Organizing Committee

Krishnan Chari (Lubrizol, USA)
Cecile Dreiss (Kings College, UK)
Andrew Howe (Aqdot, UK)
Gustavo Luengo (L’Oreal, France)

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:                Closed
Poster abstract submission deadline:            Closed

Poster presenters: The display size of the poster boards is 1 m wide by 1.5 m high.

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

ECI will sponsor awards for the outstanding student poster presentations.

Sponsor Levels

Please click on This Link to view the various levels of sponsorshipk.

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/

Conference Fees and Registration

Conference Fees

All conference fees are inclusive. They include registration, accommodations (Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights), all meals and taxes from the welcome reception and dinner on Sunday through lunch on Wednesday. The hotel will bill Incidental fees (minibar, laundry, etc.) to your personal account.

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

The conference fees are:

Register on or before June 18, 2019 Register after

June 18, 2019

Participant (single occupancy or sharing room with a guest; guest fee additional) US $1,635.00 US $1,835.00
Participant (sharing a room with another participant) US $1,435.00 US $1,635.00
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 $1020.00 US $1,220.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (A guest badge will be issued and this fee includes all conference meals) US $380.00 US $380.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant – Room and Breakfast only (No guest badge will be issued.) US $90.00 US $90.00

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

Conference Registration

You will need a login name and password to register for ECI conferences through our online system. If you have been a recent participant at an ECI conference or have submitted an online application or request for information about an ECI Conference, you may already have an account with us. If you know your login information, please use it.

If you are not certain if you already have a login and password, please click on automated password retrieval and enter your e-mail address before creating a new account. If we do not have a valid email address on file for you, a pop up window will appear stating that no records were located. Click “OK” and then follow the instructions to create a new account.

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, please email kathy@engconfintl.org.

Pre-and Post-Conference Reservations

If you are planning to arrive early (before July 21 or to stay after the conference (after July 24), you MUST make hotel reservations directly with the hotel.  Use the appropriate form on THIS PAGE to make your reservations.

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, please email kathy@engconfintl.org.

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 and late registrants may be housed in a nearby hotel.

All participants are encouraged to register before June 18, 2019.  There is a discounted price for registering before this date.  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.  Should you need a signed receipt, please contact Kathy Chan (kathy@engconfintl.org).

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. The participant must pay any additional costs for special meal requests to ECI.

Payment must be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and 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 must be made on the web site except for those who are sending payment by wire transfer or have a purchase order from their company/institution.

WIRE TRANSFER PAYMENT: If you are planning to make payment by wire transfer, please contact ECI for the bank information. You must add $30 to cover ECI bank charges. Please reference your full name and the conference title.  Either fax a copy of your bank transfer papers to ECI (Fax: +1-212-514-6030) or email a scanned copy to kathy@engconfintl.org.  This is very important – otherwise it is extremely difficult to trace your payment and you may not receive a receipt prior to the conference.

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 may 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 if 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.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.

Should you have specific questions regarding your registration, please contact Kathy Chan (Kathy@engconfintl.org).

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