Time: Thursday & Friday, October 29th & 30th, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Aggarwal Lecture Hall, Room 130
Polymer Engineering Academic Center
250 South Forge Street, Akron, OH 44325-0301
Lectures Are Free And Open To The Public
Rich new chemistry and physics emerge when one considers confined fluids, where the environment is distinctly different than in bulk. The intuition of what to expect based on bulk properties is found to break down. This talk will emphasize recent findings using a combination of single-particle imaging and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy of polymers at hard surfaces, soft surfaces, and random network environments. A surprising dependence is found on the polymer molecular weight and concentration, as well as on the substrate makeup.
A new frontier of polymer science involves new materials that enrich our field with novel ideas and applications. Prominent among these are phospholipid assemblies, colloids, and nanoparticles. This talk will emphasize some of the amazing surprises when one constructs hybrid materials with these motifs.
Steve Granick has been on the faculty of the University of Illinois since 1985, where he is currently Founder Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, as well as Professor of Chemistry, Physics, and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He graduated from Princeton in 1978 with a B.A. cum laude and in 1982 earned his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Wisconsin, working with John Ferry. As a postdoc, he worked first with Pierre-Gilles de Gennes at the Collège de France and then with Matthew Tirrell at the University of Minnesota. Honors include the Polymer Physics Prize of the American Physical Society, the Paris-Sciences Medal, Chair of the APS Polymer Physics Division, member of the editorial board of numerous journals, and Guest Professor at Peking University, at Zhejiang University, and at University of Science and Technology of China. He has more than 200 refereed publications and has long-standing research interests in tribology as well as in the dynamics of polymers, complex fluids, colloids, and phospholipid membranes.