Colloidal, Macromolecular & Biological Gels: Formulation, Properties & Applications

An ECI Conference

July 10-14, 2016
Schloss Hernstein Seminarhotel
Hernstein, Austria

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About This Conference

Many colloidal, surfactant, macromolecular and biological systems such as proteins, hydrophobically modified  polymers, and biopolymers form gels and glasses under different formulation conditions.  Gels can be formed through numerous routes based upon the interactions and self-association present in these systems and can be tuned through modulating the formulation conditions such pH, electrolyte levels, extent of hydrophobic modification, etc. For instance, gels can be obtained through the formation of networks in self-assembling systems such as proteins, surfactant and macromolecular systems, through depletion based attraction in colloid/polymer mixtures, through strong short range attractive interactions present in many colloidal systems etc. Systems having short range attractive and long range repulsive interactions also tend to exhibit rich phase behavior including gel phases. Colloidal glasses are also formed in many cases in which the macroscopic properties such as rheology are influenced by the drastic slowing down of dynamics under high packing conditions.

The rich macroscopic properties exhibited by gels and glasses have allowed their wide-scale adoption and exploitation across a multitude of industrial sectors for a wide range of applications. Gels and glasses are utilized in personal care, foods, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, coatings, separation techniques etc. The development of formulation design rules for these gels to achieve high shelf-life stability and functional performance is driven by establishing the formulation-microstructure-processing-macroscopic property (e.g., rheology) linkages in these systems.  This requires a combination of theory, modelling, novel experimental techniques to develop the required insights and many new developments has taken place over the last several years in these areas.  In addition many new applications are being driven by making the gelation process dependent upon application of various specific stimuli such as light, pH, temperature, etc. in order to generate ‘smart’ responses under different application conditions. This has resulted to developments in the chemistry of various systems and bringing together the knowledge in theory, modelling and experiments of gelling systems.

This conference aims to bring together researchers from academia and a wide range of industrial sectors working in the gels area to facilitate cross-disciplinary and cross-industry learnings.

Specific topics that will be covered include:

-Colloidal & Surfactant Gels
-Polymeric & Polyelectrolyte Gels
-Protein & Biological Gels & Networks
-Colloidal Glasses
-Biopolymer Gels
-Dynamically Arrested Gels
-Smart or stimuli responsive Gels
-Transient Polymer Networks

The meeting will cover:

-Theory & Modeling
-Synthesis, formulation and manufacture
-Characterization and Novel Experimental Techniques – microstructure, interactions, rheology
-Applications

Conference Organization

Conference Chairs

Dr. Samiul Amin, Director New Technology Assessment, Malvern Instruments BDI, USA  Tel: 1-443-878-1325      samiul.amin@malvern.com

Professor Saad Khan, Alcoa Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University, USA     Tel:  1-919-515-4519     khan@ncsu.edu

Organizing Committee

Professor Raffaele Mezzenga, Head of Institute Food & Soft Materials ETHZ, IFNH FSM Group, LFO, Switzerland     raffaele.mezzenga@hest.ethz.ch

Professor Srini Raghavan, Professor and Patrick & Marguerite Sung Chair, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Maryland College Park, USA     sraghava@umd.edu

Professor Gerardo Palazzo, Department of Chemistry, University of Bari, Italy    gerardo.palazzo@ uniba.it

Professor Robert Prud’homme, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University, USA    prudhomm@princeton.edu

Professor Anubhav Tripathi, Division of Engineering & Division of Biology & Medicine, Brown University, USA     Anubhav.Tripathu@Brown.edu

Dr.Krassimir Velikov, Science Leader & Team Leader, Unilever R&D, Netherlands     Krassimir.Velikov@unilever.com

Professor Patrick Spicer, Faculty of Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia     p.spicer@unsw.edu.au

Professor  Eric Furst, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware, USA     furst@udel.edu

Dr. Deniz Zeynal Gunes, Nestle R&D, Switzerland

Abstract Submission

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Conference Venue

The conference will be held at Schloss Hernstein Seminar Hotel. The hotel is situated in the wonderful Triestingtal valley, surrounded by pine forests and a carp lake. Guests can enjoy sauna, steam and fitness rooms, as well as a large indoor swimming pool. There are also several signposted routes for jogging on forest tracks starting at the hotel.

Hernstein Castle is situated at the fringe of the Viennese Basin, in the stepped footland of the Styrian and Lower Austrian limestone alps. Its history goes back to medieval times: once the castle safeguarded the street to Berndorf Village and the valley before it. In former times the building comprised a housing unit and a chapel. It would have been very difficult to expand the building; therefore a new castle – the core of today´s castle – was built in the valley at the foot of the mountain where the old castle had been built.

After the Turkish wars this new building was expanded and in the 18th century it got a uniform facade. For a long time the castle was owned by the Habsburgs and was used as domicile by Archduke Leopold Ludwig. The renowned architect Theophil Hansen designed the castle.

Hernstein Castle is one of the largest seminar hotels in Austria and is only available to seminar participants. Therefore it ensures a tranquil atmosphere of learning and working. Hernstein Castle has 74 modern bedrooms. Room amenities include sky and satellite TV, a minibar, work desk, and wireless internet.

Travel Information

If you are driving to the conference, map and directions are provided.  Your browser can translate the page into English.

If you are not renting a car, the easiest way to get to Schloss Hernstein is to take a taxi from the airport. You can also take a train from Vienna to Leobersdorf and then a taxi to Hernstein. Be certain to print out the map and directions in case the taxi driver in Vienna is not familiar with the rural area where Schloss Hernstein is location.

Address: Seminarhotel Schloss Hernstein, Berndorfer Strasse 32, 2560 Hernstein. Telephone: +43-2633 472510

Fees and Registration

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General Information

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