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2007 International Conference on

Nanostructured Fluids, Soft Materials & Self-Assembly

SoftNano 2007

Nanostructured Fluids | Soft Condensed Matter | Complex Fluids Colloids | Mesoscale Phenomena

May 20 - 24, 2007
Santa Clara Convention Center
Silicon Valley, U.S.A


An Interdisciplinary Integrative Forum on
Self-Assembly, Nanometer to Micron Scale Structured Fluids and Soft Materials

Conference Chair

Fiona Case Fiona Case
Case Scientific,
NSTI Soft Nanotech Coordinator, US

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Michael Fasolka Combinatorial Methods for Nanostructured Materials
Michael Fasolka
Director, NIST Combinatorial Methods Center
National Institute of Standards and Technology, US
Thomas G. Mason Forming Nanoemulsion Debye Glasses: Irreversible Elastic Vitrification Through Extreme Emulsification
Thomas G. Mason, Assoc. Prof. and John McTague Chair of Chemistry, California NanoSystems Institute, UCLA , US
Martin A. Case Proteins in Nanostructured Materials
Martin A. Case
Department of Chemistry
University of Vermont, US
Krassimir Velikov Colloid Particles for Advanced Control of Product Appearance
Krassimir Velikov
Food Structural Design, Unilever Food and Health Research Institute
Unilever Research Vlaardingen, NL
Alessandro Napoli Bio-Inspired Membranes from Polymers and Biological Motifs
Alessandro Napoli
University of Basel, CH
Darrin Pochan Hydrogels for Cell Encapsulation and Injectable Delivery via Peptide Folding and Consequent Self-assembly
Darrin Pochan
University of Delaware, US

Symposium Sessions


Monday May 21

7:00 Registration
8:30 Nanotech Conference Opening & Keynotes
10:30 Softnano: Keynotes
1:30 Polymer Nanotechnology 1: Softnano
4:00 Softnano: Bio-inspiration for soft nanostructured materials

Tuesday May 22

7:00 TUESDAY - Registration
8:30 Keynotes: Polymer Nanotechnology
10:30 Nanoparticles in Soft Materials: Colloids: Photonics and Applications
2:00 Nanoparticles in Soft Materials: Colloids: Applications
4:00 Poster Session 1 (4:00 - 6:00) & Expo Reception

Wednesday May 23

8:30 Keynotes: Composites and Interfaces
10:30 Softnano: Soft Nanotechnology
11:00 Polymer Nanocomposites: Nanoparticles
2:00 Nanotech Poster Session 2 - Expo Reception (2:00 - 4:00)
4:00 Nanoscale Characterization: Soft Nanotechnology

Thursday May 24

10:30 Polymer Nanotech: High Aspect Ratio Polymer Nanocomposites
10:30 ICCN: Softnano: Multi-scale Modeling of Soft Nanostructured Materials
2:10 ICCN: Softnano: Multi-scale Modeling of Soft Nanostructured Materials

Symposium Program


Monday May 21

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7:00 RegistrationMain Lobby
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8:30 Nanotech Conference Opening & KeynotesGrand Ballroom
 Session chair: Bart Romanowicz, NSTI, Andreas Wild, Freescale Semiconductors
8:30 How the US Can Ensure Energy Supply for the Future
J. Hofmeister, Shell Oil, US (bio)
9:10 National Nanotech Initiative and Industrial Nanotechnology Impact
A.H. Carim, Co-Chair, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Technology, Subcommittee, National Science & Technology Council, U.S. Department of Energy, US (bio)
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10:30 Softnano: KeynotesGreat America J
 Session chair: Fiona Case, NSTI
10:30 Soft Machines: Nanotechnology and Life
A.J. Ryan, University of Sheffield, UK (bio)
11:15 Design of NanoMaterials for Nanoelectronics and Nanofunctionalization
W.A. Goddard, California Institute of Technology, US (bio)
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1:30 Polymer Nanotechnology 1: SoftnanoGrand Ballroom A
 Session chair: Fiona Case, NSTI
1:30 Design and Fabrication of Nanopatterned Polymer Brushes with Applications as Switchable Microfluidics Gates
S. Minko, Clarkson University, US
2:00 pH-responsive self assemblies for ''smart surface coatings''
G. Baquey, K. Sakai, S. Perrier and S. Biggs, Chamelic Ltd, UK
2:20 Synthetic Muscles from Block Copolymers
A.J. Ryan, P. Topham, C.J. Crook, J.R. Howse, S.P. Armes and R.A.L. Jones, The University of Sheffield, UK
2:50 New Characterisation Techniques for the Study of Nanoscale Polymeric Systems in Two- & Three-Dimensions
D.J. Stokes, S. Reyntjens, C. Jiao, M.F. Hayles and D.H.W. Hubert, FEI Company, NL
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4:00 Softnano: Bio-inspiration for soft nanostructured materialsGrand Ballroom A
 Session chair: Fiona Case, NSTI, US
4:00 Proteins in Nanostructured Materials (invited overview presentation)
M. Case, University of Vermont, US (bio)
4:30 Hydrogels for Cell Encapsulation and Injectable Delivery via Peptide Folding and Consequent Self-Assembly
D.J. Pochan, University of Delaware, US (bio)
5:00 Bio-Inspired Membranes from Polymers and Biological Motifs
C. Dittrich, D. de Bruyn, T. Schuster and W. Meier, University of Basel, CH (bio)
5:30 Formation of Giant Unilamellar Vesicles from Block Copolymers and Study of AqpZ and KvAP Protein Incorporation with Light Microscopy
J.T. Patti, E.K. Brooks and C.D. Montemagno, University of California, Los Angeles, US
5:50 Bio-inspired Polymers for Nanoscience Research
B-C Lee and R.N. Zuckermann, The Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, US

Tuesday May 22

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7:00 TUESDAY - RegistrationMain Lobby
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8:30 Keynotes: Polymer NanotechnologyGrand Ballroom G
 Session chair: Fiona Case, NSTI, US
8:30 Combinatorial Methods for Nanostructured Materials
M.J. Fasolka, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Polymers Division, US (bio)
9:15 Nanoparticles in Soft Materials: the science and applications of colloids
P. Schurtenberger, University of Fribourg, CH (bio)
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10:30 Nanoparticles in Soft Materials: Colloids: Photonics and ApplicationsGrand Ballroom H
 Session chair: Peter Schurtenberger, University of Fribourg, CH
10:30 Fabrication Techniques for Photonic Crystals
P. Wiltzius, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US (bio)
11:00 Hypersonic Phononic Colloidal Crystals
G. Fytas, University of Crete, GR (bio)
11:30 Preparation and Properties of Multicomponent Nanocrystal Superlattices
C. Murray, IBM, University of Pennsylvania, US
12:00 Dispersing Nanoparticles – The Key to Application
S. Pilotek, F. Tabellion, S. Schär and K. Steingröver, Buhler PARTEC GmbH, DE
12:20 Nitrocellulose-Stabilized Silver Nanoparticles as Low Conversion Temperature Precursors for Inkjet-Printed Electronic Circuits
B.T. Nguyen, J.E. Gautrot, M.T. Nguyen and X.X. Zhu, Université de Montréal, CA
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2:00 Nanoparticles in Soft Materials: Colloids: ApplicationsGrand Ballroom H
 Session chair: Peter Schurtenberger, University of Fribourg, CH
2:00 Nanomaterials in Imaging
M. Pauchard, ILFORD Imaging, CH (bio)
2:30 Characterising and Killing the Exciting Rheology of Concentrated Suspensions
A.M. Howe, J.H.E. Hone, A.R. Pitt and T.J. Wear, Kodak European Research, UK (bio)
3:00 Colloid Particles for Advanced Control of Product Appearance
K.P. Velikov, A. Popp, L. Flendrig, A. van Blaaderen, E. Pelan, Unilever Food and Health Research Institute, NL (bio)
3:30 The Interaction of Fluids with Surfaces and Nanoparticles
N. Quirke, Imperial College, UK (bio)
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4:00 Poster Session 1 (4:00 - 6:00) & Expo ReceptionExhibit Hall

Wednesday May 23

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8:30 Keynotes: Composites and InterfacesGrand Ballroom G
 Session chair: Tom Twardowski, Widener and Villanova Universities, US
8:30 Nanocomposites and Nanofluidics
E.P. Giannelis, Cornell University, US (bio)
9:15 Structure Characterization of Nanocomposites by Synchrotron X-ray Rays
B.S. Hsiao, Stony Brook University, US (bio)
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10:30 Softnano: Soft NanotechnologyGrand Ballroom G
 Session chair: Krassimir Velikov, Unilever
10:30 Forming nanoemulsion debye glasses: irreversible elastic vitrification through extreme emulsification
T.G. Mason, University of California- Los Angeles, US
11:00 Structural and rheological investigation of Fd3m inverse micellar cubic phases
M. Pouzot, R. Mezzenga, M. Leser and L. Sagalowicz, Nestlé Research Center, CH
11:20 Modulation Of Nanochannels Hydration In Lipid Cubic Phases Studied by SANS and SAXS
B. Angelov, A. Angelova, V. Garamus, G. Lebas, S. Funari, S. Lesieur, M. Ollivon and P. Couvreur, CNRS UMR8612, FR
11:40 2D and 3D Nanostructured Amphiphile Self-Assembly Materials
C.J. Drummond, C. Fong, T. Kaasgaard, S. Sagnella, C. Conn, T. Greaves, I. Krodkiewska, A. Weerawardena and N. Gong, CSIRO, AU
12:00 Nanoassemblies from Vitamin C Derivatives
P. Lo Nostro, M. Ambrosi, E. Fratini, F. Ridi, E. Carretti, V. Alfredsson, B.W. Ninham and P. Baglioni, University of Florence, IT
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11:00 Polymer Nanocomposites: NanoparticlesGrand Ballroom H
 Session chair: Tom Twardowski, Widener and Villanova Universities, US
11:00 Innovative PMMA/Silica nanocomposites for optical and biomedical applications
M. Avella, L. De Petrocellis, E. Di Pace, M.E. Errico, G. Gentile and P. Orlando, ICTP-CNR, IT
11:20 Effects of Nano-Scale Core-Shell Rubber on the Volume Shrinkage for Unsaturated Polyester
Y-J Huang, T-J Guo, Y-H Yang, M-C Chen, M-C Tsai and Y. Andriani, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, TW
11:40 Effect of Nanoparticle Inclusions on Block copolymer phase morphology
D. Palta, J. Waller and D.G. Bucknall, Georgia Institute of Technology, US
12:00 Thermal and Electrical Properties of Polyamide/Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Nanocomposites
E. Logakis, Ch. Pandis, A. Kanapitsas, V. Peoglos, P. Pissis, J. Pionteck, P. Pötschke, M. Micusík and M. Omastová, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), GR
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2:00 Nanotech Poster Session 2 - Expo Reception (2:00 - 4:00)Exhibit Hall
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4:00 Nanoscale Characterization: Soft NanotechnologyGrand Ballroom E
 Session chair: Greg Haugstad, University of Minnesota, US
4:00 Understanding and utilizing molecular constraints in nanoscale material designs
S. Sills and R.M. Overney, Micron Technology, Inc., US (bio)
4:30 Seeing and feeling nano with intermittent-contact AFM: it’s all in the details (invited overview presentation)
G. Haugstad, University of Minnesota, US (bio)
5:00 Advanced CryoTEM and Tomography for Two- and Three-Dimensional Nano-Characterisation of Soft Matter
E. Sourty, F. de Haas, P.M. Frederik, J. Loos, D.J. Stokes and D.H.W. Hubert, FEI Company, NL
5:20 Characterisation of Native-State Soft Matter using ‘Multi-Mode’ Electron Microscopy
D.J. Stokes, E. Baken, B.H. Lich and D.H.W. Hubert, FEI Company, NL

Thursday May 24

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10:30 Polymer Nanotech: High Aspect Ratio Polymer NanocompositesGrand Ballroom E
 Session chair: Tom Twardowski, Widener and Villanova Universities, US
10:30 A latex-based concept for obtaining carbon nanotube-polymer nanocomposites
N. Grossiord, J. Meuldijk, J. Loos, P. van der Schoot, O. Regev, J. Hart, L.C. van Laake, H.E. Miltner, B. van Mele and C.E. Koning, Technical University of Eindhoven, NL
10:50 Novel Materials and Systems Based on Nanotechnology
S. Bahnmueller and P. Krueger, Bayer MaterialScience AG, DE
11:10 Conducting Polymer Nanocomposites: The Role of the Electronic Fingerprint of Carbon Nanotubes
P.L. Chiu, Y. Ma, A. Serrano, L. Wang, R. Mendelsohn and H. He, Rutgers University, US
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10:30 ICCN: Softnano: Multi-scale Modeling of Soft Nanostructured MaterialsGrand Ballroom F
 Session chair: Wolfgang Windl, Ohio State University, US
10:30 Multi-scale Modeling of Soft Nanostructured Materials (invited overview presentation)
F. Case, Case Scientific & NSTI, US (bio)
10:50 Effects of chain architecture, composition and local stiffness on the controlled assembly and morphology of polymeric blends and composites
M. Makowski, PPG Industries, US (bio)
11:20 Multiscale Modeling of Polymer-Grafted Nanoparticles
G.D. Smith, University of Utah, US
11:40 Molecular Simulation and Theory for Nanosystems
R.J. Sadus, Swinburne University of Technology, AU
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2:10 ICCN: Softnano: Multi-scale Modeling of Soft Nanostructured MaterialsGrand Ballroom F
 Session chair: Dmitry Bedrov, University of Utah, US
2:10 A Multiscale investigation of the influence of surface morphology on thin films CVD deposition
A. Barbato, M. Rondanini and C. Cavallotti, Politecnico di Milano, IT
2:30 Bridging Domain Multiscale Method
S.P. Xiao and W.Y. Hou, The University of Iowa, US
2:50 Atomistic-Continuum Simulations of Carbon Nanotubes in LIquids
P. Koumoutsakos, E. Kotsalis, J.H. Walther and A. Dupuis, ETH Zurich, CH

Conference Program Committee

  • Fiona Case, Case Scientific
  • Greg Haugstad, University of Minnesota, USA
  • Pierre Panine, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, France
  • Peter Schurtenberger, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Donald C. Sundberg, University of New Hampshire
  • Krassimir Velikov, Unilever Research Vlaardingen, The Netherlands


Many soft or fluid consumer products, such as foods, paint, lubricants, detergents, personal care products, and cosmetics, contain nanometer to micron scale structures. Nanostructured fluids are also key in industrial processes such as enhanced oil-recovery and emulsion polymerization. These structures (such as micelles, vesicles, emulsions and lamella) are formed by the spontaneous self-assembly of natural or synthetic surfactants, block copolymers, or colloids. In many cases complex mixtures of different materials are required to create the desired structure and performance. These complex materials are difficult to design, and challenging to characterize; but scientists in these industries, and in the academic groups focusing on this area, have developed considerable expertise.

Members of the broadly defined nanotechnology community are also increasingly interested in self-assembly and nanostructured fluids, which have the potential to provide robust and inexpensive strategies for creating nanoscale materials. For example, IBM recently highlighted the potential for block-copolymer self-assembly to create nanometer size structures for electronics applications.

The Nanotech conferences have a tradition of bringing together disparate groups to discover their common interests and shared challenges in fabricating, characterizing, and utilizing materials with nanometer to micron scale structure. This symposium will continue the tradition by bringing a wide range of people from industry, academia, and the broader nanotechnology community, with interests in self-assembly, nanometer to micron scale structured fluids and soft materials.

This year's event will include sessions focused on emulsions and foams, and on biological building blocks for creating nanostructure materials. The Soft Nanotechnology sessions will be coordinated with the Polymer Nanotechnology Symposium and the Nanoparticles in Soft Materials: Colloids Symposium.

For more information, please contact Fiona Case

Impacted Industries

  • Drug Delivery
  • Food
  • Coatings
  • Cosmetics
  • Oil
  • Personal Care
  • Paints
  • Polymers

Poster Contest

Poster presentations accepted into this symposium will be automatically entered into the Soft Matter Poster Contest. Entries will be judged during the poster sessions at Nanotech2007 by a team of Soft Nanotechnology experts from industry, the NSTI, and the Royal Society of Chemistry. The poster reporting the most exciting new discovery or application of soft nanostructured materials will receive a subscription to the RSC Soft Matter Journal.

Journal Submissions

Soft Matter Journal

Soft Matter Journal

Selected Nanotech Proceedings papers will be reviewed and invited into Soft Matter.

For consideration into Soft Matter, please select the “Submit to RSC Soft Matter Journal” button during the on-line submission procedure. Please note that you may only select a single journal during the submission process.

In Association with

ICCN 2007 2007 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show
Nanotech 2007
ICCN 2007 2007 International Conference on Computational Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
ICCN 2007
MSM 2007> Eighth International Conference on Modeling and Simulation of Microsystems
MSM 2007
WCM 2007 2007 Workshop on Compact Modeling
WCM 2007
BioNano 2007 2007 NSTI Bio Nano Conference and Trade Show
BioNano 2007

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