The aim of the ECIS 2016 Conference is to bring chemists, physicists, biologists and engineers to a single platform to converge their expertise and ideas in the interdisciplinary field of colloidal and interface science. The topics will cover fundamental and applied advances in the fields of Interfaces, Dispersed systems, Complex fluids, Micro- and nano-engineered materials and devices formed by naturally occurring or synthesized elements: surfactants, polymers, proteins, particles.
We summarize the very many fields of colloid science in the following general topics:
Self-assembly of surfactants, lipids, peptides, proteins and polymers. Supramolecular polymers.
- Interfaces, Membranes, Emulsions and Foams
Surface forces. Thin films. Electric surface phenomena. Adsorption. Wetting and adhesion. Confined colloids near interfaces. Microdroplets and Microfluidics. Hydration phenomena. Mono- and multilayers. Characterization and modification of surfaces. Coatings. Biofilms and fouling. Porous media.
- Colloidal Dispersions and Colloidal Stability
Suspensions. Colloid aggregation and coalescence. Colloidal glasses. Dissolution and nucleation in colloidal systems. Nanomanipulation of colloids. Active colloids. Peptides and proteins. Particle structure and interactions. Biocolloids.
- Polymer Solutions, Gels and Phase Behaviour
Synthetic and biological polymers and polyelectrolytes. Supramolecular polymers. Interactions and phase behaviour. Polymer gels. Supramolecular gels. Dynamics, rheology and mechanics.
- Micro- and Nanostructured Materials
Microgels. Nanocrystals. Nanotubes. Nanoparticles. Micro and mesoporous materials. Functional materials.
- Biomaterials and Medical Aspects
Bioinspired and biomimetic material. Drug delivery. Encapsulation. Controlled release. Nanotoxicology.
Experimental and theoretical contributions, fundamental and applicative aspects as well as development of techniques, are considered for all topics.