National Symposium on Soft Matter
On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Sir J. C. Bose and the 90th jubilee year of Bose Institute
September 18-19, 2008
(Organized by: Department of Chemistry, Bose Institute)
About the Symposium
Soft condensed matter (typically abbreviated to soft matter) is a subfield of condensed matter comprising a variety of physical states, e.g. liquids, colloids, liquid crystals, foams, gels, granular materials and a number of biomaterials. Soft matter often self-organizes into mesoscopic physical structures (supramolecular chemistry or nanoscience), which are functional technological or biological entities. Theoretically soft matter contains examples of symmetry breaking, generalized elasticity and fluctuating degrees of freedom.
Soft materials are important in a wide range of technological applications. They may appear as structural and packaging materials, foams and adhesives, detergents and cosmetics, paints, food additives, lubricants and fuel additives, rubber in tires etc. In addition, a number of biological materials (blood, muscle, milk, yogurt) are classifiable as soft matter. Liquid crystals, another category of soft matter, exhibit responsivity to electric fields that make them important as materials in display devices.
A number of experts from institutes of repute from all over the country will be available to present their research highlighting the theory or technology of soft matter.