The Triangle Soft Matter Discussion Group (TSMDG) continues this year with our next meeting on January 27, 2016. The dinner discussion will feature Professor Jeremiah Johnson from the Chemistry Department at MIT (http://web.mit.edu/johnsongroup/) and (our own! J) Professor Michael Rubinstein from the Chemistry Department at UNC Chapel Hill (http://www.chem.unc.edu/people/faculty/rubinstein/). The event will be held again at Mediterranean Deli, 410 W Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, on January 27, 2016 starting at 6:00 PM.
The discussion topic for this gathering is Bringing Biological Complexity to Synthetic Soft Matter Systems, and a brief outline is provided below. This is going to be fun and interactive gathering, and we hope you will join us.
Please respond via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 20, 2016 if you plan to attend the TSMDG event (definitely/with probability x%). Knowing the number of participants will allow us to plan the catering for the event that will be sponsored in part by TSMDG and potentially some other organizations. To that end, we will subsidize the cost of food so that each student/post-doc will pay $8 and any professional will pay $15 out of pocket (excluding drinks).
Hope to see on January 27th, 2016!
Steve Craig, Michael Rubinstein & Jan Genzer
P.S. Please feel free to distribute this announcement among other people in the Research Triangle who are interested in soft material research.
Triangle Soft Matter Discussion Group - January 27, 2016 at 6 PM
- Mediterranean Deli, 410 W Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC
- Topic: Bringing Biological Complexity to Synthetic Soft Matter System
- Jeremiah Johnson (MIT) & Michael Rubinstein (UNC)
Sub-topic 1: Primary structure control in synthetic polymers: bridging the gap between nature and man?
Following an introduction (Johnson), we will consider the following questions:
- What functions can we expect from synthetic polymers with precise structure?
- We always refer to nature's functions like catalysis and information storage, which are likely a long way off for synthetic polymers. Are there other "lower hanging fruits??
- Is there a gap between the sophistication of nature's polymers and existing synthetic polymers that can still provide for discovery of new properties? What would be the best structures/systems/applications/properties to target?
Sub-topic 2: Recognition and replication in particle assemblies: physical models to inspire design
Following an introduction (Rubinstein), we will consider the following challenge:
Propose a soft matter interaction that could be the basis for self-replicating materials.
- What physics can be exploited to generate interactions that are strong and selective enough for recognition, but weak enough to be reversed by change in conditions?
- How can one efficiently string together a sequence of such units?
- Consider the challenge that the daughter is a good match for the parent, and so inhibition by dimerization is a potential problem. How to minimize?