Due to the Covid19 pandemic we are temporarily shifting the popular colloquium series to webcast format. This month, we will hear Professor Thomas Hellweg tell us about front-line research into smart microgels and how neutrons and X-rays can provide unique insights into these enigmatic materials.
Time: Wednesday 13 May 2020, 15:15 –16:15 CET
Smart microgels: Structure, properties & potential applications
Microgels are soft, deformable and penetrable objects with an internal gel-like structure. They respond reversibly and sometimes dramatically to external stimuli like temperature, pressure or pH, which makes them appear almost life-like. This behavior promises practical functions as sensors or actuators in sub-micrometer devices, and has also captured the interest of scientists in many disciplines. In this colloquium, we’ll learn about the chemistry and physics of several such smart microgels and some promising applications.
Thomas Hellweg, Professor, Bielefeld University
Co-organised by MAX IV Laboratory and ESS, the aim of these colloquia is to bring the science made possible by neutrons and synchrotron radiation into focus, and to bring people at ESS and MAX IV and the local science community together. They are held every month, with the venue alternating between MAX IV and ESS. Always on a Wednesday, always at 15:15 – and always with coffee and sweets served at 15:00. Due to the need for social distancing we are temporarily shifting the colloquia to a web-based platform, and although we will miss the face-to-face interaction we hope that this can attract a wider audience than usual!
10 June 15:15 – Poul Nissen, Professor at Aarhus University
Apr 2019 Martin Månsson, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
May 2019 Ann Terry, MAX IV Laboratory
Jun 2019 Robert Feidenhans’l, European XFEL
Sep 2019 Zoë Fisher, ESS
Oct 2019 Johan Chang, University of Zürich
Nov 2019 Elizabeth Blackburn, Lund University
Dec 2019 Martin Bech, Lund University
Mar 2020 Jan Knudsen, MAX IV Laboratory
Apr 2020 Kristina Edström, Uppsala University