Oct 27 – 28, 2022
US/Eastern timezone

Advanced soft materials are critical for solving societal challenges. Developing novel soft materials requires in-depth understanding of the relationships between processing structures and dynamics. The 2022 ORNL Soft Matter Symposium will facilitate an exchange of ideas between diverse teams help produce ideas that lead to discoveries and innovations.

There is growing need to leverage the wide range of soft matter expertise that exists across ORNL, while strengthening collaborations by improving internal communications. Rapid developments in soft materials synthesis, analytical instrumentation and theory make it extremely important to keep one’s knowledge up to date.

The 2-day symposium offers ORNL’s soft matter researchers an opportunity to learn different research techniques, including neutron scattering, x-ray scattering, electron microscopy, and complementary techniques. Participants will gain a better understanding of the strength, weaknesses and limits of the techniques, as well as learn about new developments and future trends in soft materials.

Symposium Organizers

Lilin He, Alexei Sokolov, Rigoberto Advincula, Bobby Sumpter, Volker Urban, Wim Bras, William Heller, Yangyang Wang, Vera Bocharova, Jihua Chen, Yunqiao (Joseph), Pu, Catalin Gainaru

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Yu Zhu (University of Akron, Polymer batteries)

William Philip (University of Notre Dame, Membranes for gas separation, capture, and storage)

Theo Dingemans (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Additive Manufacturing)

Tuo Wang (Louisiana State University, Solid State NMR applications for biopolymers)

Tomonori Saito (ORNL, Polymer upcycling/sustainability)

Rajeev Kumar (ORNL, Theory/simulation of charged polymers)

Kunlun Hong (ORNL, Deuteration capability of polymers)

Naresh Osti (ORNL, Neutron inelastic/quasielastic scattering for soft matter)

Yangyang Wang (ORNL, Polymer deformation under strain)

Chelsea Chen (ORNL, Polymer electrolytes)

Alexis Williams (ORNL, Cryo-electron microscopy of biopolymers and soft matters)

Micholas Smith (ORNL, Simulation of biopolymers)

Vlastimil Kunc (ORNL, Additive Manufacturing)

Graeme Murdoch (ORNL, Overview and status of the STS object)