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Soft Materials Research Center

The Frontiers of Photoactive Soft Matter Workshop will focus on advances in soft materials that are responsive to light, with topics ranging from the nanoscale science of photoresponsive materials to applications of macroscopic photodeformation.

Since its early development in the 1990's in the hands of pioneers like Almeria Natansohn, Paul Rochon, Tomiki Ikeda, and Kunihiro Ichimura, the field of photomanipulation of soft materials and interfaces has grown into one of the most dynamic and diverse themes of condensed matter science. This two-day workshop will provide an opportunity to present and discuss some of its newest developments, with invited lectures from leading researchers that will emphasize emergent materials science, and soft matter physics, chemistry, optics and photonics. Young scientists, including students and postdocs, are especially encouraged to attend. There will be contributed poster sessions for all workshop participants, with ample opportunities for discussion and interaction throughout the meeting.

The workshop will take place on the beautiful campus of the University of Colorado, in Boulder, Colorado, from September 21-22, 2017. The event is organized by Noel Clark (Chair), Matt Glaser, Joe Maclennan, Christine Morrow, and Dave Walba, under the auspices of the Soft Materials Research Center, the NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at the University of Colorado Boulder.