Dynamics of complex fluid-fluid interfaces

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The mechanical and structural properties of fluid-fluid interfaces have a significant effect on the properties of multiphase soft matter systems. The dynamic behavior of these systems is extremely complicated and up to now often poorly understood. The aim of this workshop is to consolidate the discussion on the behavior of multiphase systems with complex interfaces and stimulate new strategies for combining experimental, theoretical, and numerical approaches.

Beside presentations of invited speakers, short oral presentations form the participants are part of the workshop.

The flyer of the workshop can be downloaded here: Flyer_CSF_Dynamic-Interfaces

The following keynote speaker are confirmed:


Patrick Anderson, TU Eindhoven: Double emulsion formation modeling with diffuse interface method

Jens Harting, TU Eindhoven: Computer simulations of particle stabilized interfaces

Kathleen Stebe U Pennsylvania: Energy Stored in Deformation Fields: Opportunities for Directed Assembly in Soft Matter

Roberto Mauri: Phase Field Models of Multiphase Flow Systems

Mohammad Rahni, MPI Potsdam: Hydrodynamic Challenges in Complex Fluid-Fluid Interfaces

Experimental – Material Research

Antonio Guerrero, U Sevilla: Rheological properties of adsorbed crayfish protein layers at fluid interfaces

Philip Erni, Firmenich: Impinging jets, liquid sheets and shrinking drops: fast and slow dynamics of complex fluid interfaces in industrially relevant flows

Gerry Fuller, Stanford U: The Stability of the Tear Film: Influence of Interfacial Rheology

Eric Dufresne, Yale U: Adsorption to Soft Interfaces

Joël De Coninck, U Mons: The relationship between wetting dynamics and slip

Stéphane Dorbolo, U Liege: A Droplet in a (not nut) shell

Benoit Scheid, U Brussels: Surface rheology in three film dynamics systems: Soap films, dip coating and antibubbles

Experimental – Techniques and methods

Kaloian Koynov, MPI Mainz: Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy probes the mobility of small tracers at fluid interfaces

Luigi Cristofolini, U Parma:  Structures and Dynamics of Interfaces by X-ray Techniques

Georgi Gochev, MPI Potsdam: β-Lactoglobulin Adsorption Layers at Water/Air Surface

Jan Vermant, KU Leuven: Interfacial rheometry: Anarchy makes a come-back on Mount Verità?

Todd Squires, UCSB: Phospholipid monolayers

Theoretical modeling

Patrick Ilg: Thermodynamically guided simulations for structure and dynamics of polymeric and nematic systems

Leonard Sagis, Wageningen U: Nonequilibrium thermodynamic modeling of surface rheology

The mechanical and structural properties of mobile fluid-fluid interfaces have a significant effect on the properties of multiphase soft condensed matter systems. The dynamic behavior of foam bubbles, emulsion droplets, vesicles, nanocapsules, and cells are important parameters in the understanding and in the design of high-performance materials for e.g. pharmaceutical and medical applications, tailored food or cosmetic products. Aim of the workshop is to provide a broader understanding and descriptive toolbox of mass transport across liquid-liquid boundaries as seen in encapsulation systems, enteral and parenteal nutrition, cell systems, and emulsion-based energy storage systems towards a more targeted design of these systems with tailor made properties. The dynamic behavior of these systems is extremely complicated, and up to now often poorly understood. To gain a comprehensive understanding of the dynamics of these materials a multidisciplinary multiscale approach combining experimental techniques, theoretical modeling, and computer simulations is required. Such an approach integrates the disciplines of nonequilibrium thermodynamics, statistical physics, physical chemistry, colloid science, polymer physics, rheology, and computational physics. The aim of this workshop is to bring together experts in these fields and to consolidate the discussion on the behavior of multiphase systems with complex interfaces. With this workshop we wish to promote a cross fertilization between the disciplines and stimulate new developments in this exciting field, by identifying key areas for future research. New strategies for combining experimental, theoretical, and numerical methods will be explored, and novel schemes to link information on all relevant length scales of these complex systems will be examined.

July 13-18, 2014

The call for abstracts for poster and short oral presentations is open (Deadline 28.2.2014). To submit your abstract, please first  register at

In a second step, the abstract can then be uploaded. Please be aware that registration, payment, and abstract submission should be conveniently be done together.

Registration fee: 200 CHF (~ 165 €)
Accommodation fee (including board and lodging at Hotel Monte Verità (5 nights, 13.-18.7.2014) & conference dinner):
950 CHF (~ 945 €) in shared Double Room
1100 CHF (~ 895 €) in Single Room *
1350 CHF (~ 1095 €) in Double Room (single use)

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* Please note that the number of single rooms at the conference site hotel is limited and mostly pre-booked for the invited keynote speakers. Sharing a double bedroom with another participant will increase the possibilities of being booked at the conference site hotel. If you have a suggestion for the room sharing, you can indicate a name in the registration form. Double bedrooms are also available for single use at a higher rate. Participants booked in one of the nearby hotels will have a free transport provided to and from the conference site in the morning after breakfast and in the evening after dinner. Daily schedules of this transport will be available at the external hotel and at the conference venue. Breakfast will be served at your hotel, whereas all the other meals are booked at the conference venue restaurant. The workshop is limited to 70 participants (including invited speakers). All major credit cards are accepted.

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Organizers: Peter Fischer, Lucio Isa, Andre Studart (ETH Zurich), Leonard Sagis (Wageningen U & ETH Zurich), and Jan Vermant (KU Leuven & ETH Zurich)


See Call for Abstracts


Abstract submission (Oral): February 28, 2014

Abstract submission (Poster): February 28, 2014

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