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The XVth International Congress on Rheology
The Society of Rheology 80th Annual Meeting
August 3 - 8, 2008  —  Monterey, California
Bixby Bridge at sunset, Big Sur (Photo courtesy of the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau)
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Mini-Symposium Areas

1. Materials Processing
      K.H. Ahn (Seoul National, Korea) Email
Paulo R. de Souza Mendes (Pontificia Universidade Catolica, Brazil) Email
  • Polymer Processing
  • Rheology of Nanocomposites
  • Coating Processes
  • Complex Fluids (Pastes, Suspensions, and Granular Materials)
  • Electrospinning
2. Complex Flows (experimental and computational/theoretical studies)
Antony Beris (Delaware) Email
Jan Dhont (FZ Juelich) Email
  • Flow Instabilities
  • Shear Banding (joint with 6, 10)
  • Viscoelastic Turbulence, Coherent Structures and Drag Reduction
  • Hydrodynamics in Confining Media (Porous Media, Diffusion through Networks)
  • Advances in Computational and Multiscale Modeling of Complex Viscoelastic Flows
3. Homogeneous Polymeric Systems
Lynden Archer (Cornell) Email
Alexei Likhtman (Reading) Email
  • Entangled Polymer Melts
  • Branched Polymer Melts
  • Nonlinear Viscoelasticity
  • Entangled Polymer Solutions
  • Polyelectrolyte Solutions
  • Single Molecule Dynamics (joint with 9)
4. Heterogeneous and Self-Assembling Polymeric Systems
Hiroshe Watanabe (Kyoto) Email
Pier Luca Maffettone (Naples) Email
  • Polymer Blends (Above Tg)
  • Block Copolymers
  • Hydrogels and Bio-inspired Self-Assembling Systems (joint with 5)
  • Polymer Composites and Semi-Crystalline Polymers
  • Flow-induced Crystallization of Polymers
  • Other Self-Assembling Systems
  • Multiphase Flows (joint with 6)
5. Bio-Rheology
Jim Harden (Ottawa) Email
Christoph F. Schmidt (Gottingen) Email
  • Biopolymer Solutions and Gels (joint with 14)
  • Mechanical Properties of Cells (joint with 12)
  • Physiological Fluids
  • Dynamics of Non-Equilibrium Biological Systems
  • Rheology of Tissues and Hydrogel Scaffolds (joint with 4)
6. Suspensions and Colloids
Norm Wagner (Delaware) Email
Jeff F. Morris (CCNY) Email
  • Particle Level Simulations and Theory
  • Jamming, Shear Thickening
  • Shear Banding (joint with 2, 10)
  • Yielding (joint with 10)
  • Thixotropy of Particulate Systems  (joint with 10)
  • Dynamics and Scattering from Colloids
  • Colloidal Hydrodynamics: shape effects, porosity, aggregates, particles in viscoelastic media
  • Field Effects (Magneto and Electro-Rheological Fluids)
  • Multiphase Flows (joint with 4)
7. Surfactants, Emulsions and Foams
Denis Weaire (Trinity College, Dublin) Email
Lynn Walker (CMU) Email
  • Impact of Interfacial Rheology on Foam Properties
  • Bulk Behavior of Foams
  • Emulsions and Blends (Rheology of Two-Phase Fluid-Fluid Materials incl. Polymer Blends, Emulsions, Drops and Bubbles in Flow Fields)
  • Lyotropic and Structured Surfactant Systems
  • Surfactant Mediated Rheology (Rheology of Systems in Which Added Surfactants Alter Both Structure and Flow Behavior)
8. Granular Materials and Ageing
V. Kumaran (Bangalore, India) Email
Melany Hunt (Cal Tech) Email
  • Experimental and Geo-Physical Flows (emerging experimental techniques and New Experimental Results for Granular Flows in the Lab and in the Field)
  • Rheology of Granular Flows in the Quasi-Static Limit
  • Collisional Flows and Granular Gases
  • Advances in Simulation Techniques (DEM, kinetic and continuum)
9. Microfluidics
Todd Squires (UCSB) Email
Annie Colin (Rhodia, France) Email
  • Non-Newtonian Flow in Microchannels
  • Multiphase Flow in Microfluidics (drops, bubbles, particle generation, droplet train behavior in microchannels)
  • Polymers in Microchannels (inc. deformable bodies like Droplets, Red Blood Cells)
  • Migration Phenomena; Electrophoresis
  • Single Molecule Dynamics (joint with 3)
  • Slip and Boundary Effects in Microfluidics
10. Solids/Gels and Glasses from Soft and Composite Materials
Dimitris Vlassopoulos (Crete) Email
Wilson Poon (Edinburgh) Email
  • Depletion Gels and Glasses
  • Composite Gels and Glasses
  • Slow Dynamics and Aging
  • Yielding (joint with 6)
  • Thixotropy of Particulate Systems (joint with 6)
  • Shear Banding (joint with 2, 6)
  • Non-Spherical Particles
  • Comparing Polymeric and Colloidal Glasses (joint with 15)
11. Interfacial Rheology
Jan Vermant (Leuven) Email
Kausik Sarkar (Delaware) Email
  • Complex Fluid Interfaces (joint with 9)
  • Interfacial Driven Flows
12. Micro-Rheology
Eric M. Furst (Delaware) Email
David A. Weitz (Harvard) Email
  • Active Microrheology
  • Advances in Tracer Particle Microrheology
  • Diffusing Wave Spectroscopy
  • Microrheology of Cells (joint with 5)
  • Non-Equilibrium Systems
13. New Experimental Methods
Gareth McKinley (MIT) Email
Malcolm Mackley (Cambridge) Email
  • Free Surface Flows (CABER, droplet formation, spraying, ink jet)
  • Rheo-Optics and Laser-Based Methods
  • Rheo-NMR
  • Microextrusion
  • Novel Applications of Conventional Rheometers
  • High Frequency Linear Viscoelasticity
14. Food Rheology
Erich J. Windhab (ETH) Email
Jan Engmann (Nestle) Email
  • Biopolymer Solutions and Gels (joint with 5)
  • Macromolecular Assemblies
  • Colloidal Food Dispersions
  • Food Suspensions
  • Surface and Bulk Rheology of Food Emulsions and Foams
  • Semi-Solid Foods
15. Rheology of Solids and Glasses
C. Michael Roland (NRL) Email
Didier Long (Rhodia, France) Email
  • Glass-Transition Dynamics of Liquids and Polymers
  • Blends and Dynamic Heterogeneity Close to the Glass Transition
  • Mechanical Properties of Glassy Polymers
  • Mechanical Properties of  Semi-Crystalline Polymers and Nanocomposites
  • Effect of Nanoconfinement on Glass Transition Dynamics
  • Comparing Polymeric and Colloidal Glasses (joint with 10)
16. General Rheology
Gary Leal (UCSB) Email
Ralph Colby(Penn State) Email
17. Poster Session
Jai A. Pathak (NRL) Email
Nina C. Shapley (Columbia) Email