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Alfredo Alexander-Katz, "Soft Matter: what it is and why do we care?"

Diversity in STEM Lecture Series, UMass Amherst ~ 3M


Friday, October 23, 2020 - 12:15pm


via Zoom (see attachment)


Alfredo Alexander-Katz
Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Director of the Program in Polymers and Soft Matter Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Soft Matter: what it is and why do we care?"

Soft Matter has been with us since the beginning of life as we know it today. In this talk I will provide an informal historic perspective into what we call soft matter. I will draw examples and highlight some of the recent advances in this area from my group and others. In particular, I will introduce the concept of (self-)assembled materials and active soft matter to exemplify how we can exploit the behavior of such systems to advance our understanding of nature as well as increase our technological prowess to benefit society.

Event Sponsors: 3M Company, College of Engineering, and College of Natural Sciences 

Event Organizers: Professors Laura Bradley (PSE) and Sarah Perry (ChE)


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