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Small Clusters, Polymer Vesicles and Unusual Minima

Month: March 2015

Date: March 16--20

Name: Small Clusters, Polymer Vesicles and Unusual Minima

Location: Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.


This workshop will explore emergent phenomena in the context of small clusters, supramolecular self-assembly and the shape of self-assembled structures such as polymer vesicles. The emphasis will be on surprises which arise when common conditions are not satisfied, for instance when the number of components is small, or they are highly non-spherical, or there are several types of components. Interactions vary from hard sphere repulsion to competition between coarse-grained liquid-crystalline ordering competing with shape deformation.