Marie Curie Research and Training Network

Dynamical Arrested State of Soft Matter and Colloids


Network workshop, Sunday September 19, 2004


Joint ECIS/RTN “Dynamical arrested states of soft matter and colloids” session on “Dense Colloids and Rheology”, Monday, September 20, 2004


Conference location: Hotel Meliá Almerimar

The workshop is intended to line out the scope and goals of the Research and Training Network based within the 6th European Community Framework, to inform about the current state of the research projects, and to discuss future activities. The meeting is open to all interested scientists and shall further provide an international forum to discuss the latest developments in the field of Arrested Soft Matter and Colloids. It shall focus on the dynamic aspects of arrest including experimental, theoretical and simulational approaches. It shall provide a platform to discuss recent achievements and future activities concerning glass transition, phase separation, aggregation and crystallisation. It shall also provide a forum for joint discussions about applications, and in particular focus on topics such as instrumental approaches to dense colloidal systems; the use of near arrested or highly viscous dispersions of small particles in making, or preparing precursors to amorphous materials, their applications (if ordered) as photonic crystals, optical switches; and the means of achieving ordering of these particles on surfaces and bulk, and the applications of this to, for example, protein crystallization.

Preliminary program:

Sunday, September 19

9:00 Opening

9:15 – 11:00 Presentation and Discussion of Network Sub-Projects

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 13:00 Presentation and Discussion of Network Sub-Projects continued

13:00 15:00 Lunch

15:00 – 15:30 Round table discussion on “Potential Model Particles For Use in Dynamic Arrest vs. Crystallisation Projects”: An update on strategies regarding the choice of particles and systems

15:30 – 16:00 Round table discussion on “New trends in the characterizations of dense systems and their interactions”

15:30 – 16:00 Round table discussion on “Applications”

16:30 17:00 Coffee break

17:00 – 17:30 Round table discussion on “Simulations – The Link between Experiment and Theory”

17:30 – 18:00 Round table discussion on “Theoretical Models of Dynamical Arrest, Ordering”

18:00 – 19:00 Board Meetings

Monday, September 20:

Joint ECIS/Network session on “Dense Colloids and Rheology” (Plenary Speakers: W. Poon, B. Vincent, D. Weitz)

See ECIS program for details (

You can register either directly with the ECIS conference registration form (check mark for the workshop) or by sending an e-mail to the local organizers, Dr. Antonio Puertas ( or Dr. Alberto Fernandez-Nieves (

Registration deadline for the ECIS conference: June 15

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