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Active and Passive Microrheology: Theory and Experimental Application / Just-in-Time Beginning Rheology

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Date and Location

Active and Passive Microrheology: Theory and Experimental Application (a two-day course)
          Constellation D, October 10 and 11, 2015 (Saturday and Sunday)
Just-in-Time Beginning Rheology (an one-and-a-half-day course)
  Constellation C, October 10 and 11, 2015 (Saturday and Sunday)

All classes will begin at 8:30 am in the Hyatt Regency Baltimore.

The short courses are held in conjunction with the 87th Annual Meeting of The Society of Rheology (October 11 - 15, 2015)

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Active and Passive Microrheology: Theory and Experimental Application
     Eric M. Furst, Professor
Department of Chemical and BiomolecularEngineering
University of Delaware
Allan P. Colburn Laboratory
Newark, Delaware 19716
     Roseanna N. Zia, Assistant Professor
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Cornell University
344 Olin Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850

Just-in-Time Beginning Rheology
  Faith A. Morrison, Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI 49931

  Ronald G. Larson, Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Instructor Biosketches

Active and Passive Microrheology: Theory and Experimental Application

Eric M. Furst is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Director of the Center for Molecular Engineering and Thermodynamics at the University of Delaware. Furst received his BS with University Honors in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and his PhD from Stanford University under Alice Gast. Prior to joining the faculty at Delaware, Furst studied biophysics as a postdoctoral fellow at Institut Curie, Paris. His interests span a wide range of topics in soft matter science and engineering, but focus in particular on colloid science and rheology. Furst's research group is recognized for their contributions to active and passive microrheology, biomaterial rheology, colloids at interfaces, and the directed self-assembly of colloids and nanoparticles. He is the recipient of the 2013 Soft Matter Lectureship Award, the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal and was named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society in 2014.

Roseanna N. Zia is an Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a James C. & Rebecca Q. Morgan Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow at Cornell University. She received her Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering specializing in the theory of colloidal hydrodynamics, rheology, suspension mechanics, and microrheology with Professor John F. Brady. Zia subsequently conducted post-doctoral research in the study of colloidal gels and the rheology of kinetically arrested systems at Princeton University, in collaboration with Professor William B. Russel. Her undergraduate degree, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, was obtained at the University of Missouri. The Zia Group is recognized for its contributions to the theory and simulation of reversible colloidal gels, predictive theory for active microrheology, theoretical rheology, colloidal hydrodynamics, and Stokesian dynamics simulations. Zia is the recipient of the 2014 ONR Young Investigator Award, the 2014 NSF CAREER Award, the 2013 NSF BRIGE Award, and the Society of Rheology 2013 Publication Award, among others.

Just-in-Time Beginning Rheology

Faith A. Morrison is Professor of Chemical Engineering at Michigan Technological University. Morrison received her B.S.Ch.E Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University in 1983 and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1988. Morrison’s research has been on the rheology of block copolymers, highly entangled polymer melts and solutions, filled polymer composites, and hydrogels. Morrison is the author of two textbooks, Understanding Rheology (Oxford, 2001) and An Introduction to Fluid Mechanics (Cambridge, 2013). In 2012-13 she was the William R. Kenan, Jr. Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University. In 2009-2011 Morrison was the President of the Society of Rheology (SOR) and served six years on the SOR Executive Committee. In addition, since 2004 Morrison has been the editor and publisher of the Rheology Bulletin, the news and information publication of the Society of Rheology.

Ronald G. Larson is the GG Brown Professor of Chemical Engineering and the AH White Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan. He arrived at the University of Michigan in 1996, after working for 17 years at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey. He received a B.S. in 1975, an M.S. in 1977, and a Ph.D. in 1980, all in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota. He served as Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan from 2000 to 2008, and was Interim Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department from Sept., 2013 through August 2014. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Larson’s research interests include the structure and flow properties of viscous or elastic fluids, sometimes called “complex fluids”, which include polymers, colloids, surfactant-containing fluids, liquid crystals, and biological macromolecules such as DNA, proteins, and lipid membranes.

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Course Description

Active and Passive Microrheology: Theory and Experimental Application / Just-in-Time Beginning Rheology

Active and Passive Microrheology: Theory and Experimental Application (Saturday and Sunday)

Instructors: Prof. Eric M. Furst and Prof. Roseanna Zia

This short course will provide a thorough introduction to both theoretical and experimental aspects of microrheology, ranging from passive to active regimes, and from steady to oscillatory flows. Emphasis will be placed on developing solid understanding of the theoretical framework underlying practical application of microrheological techniques. Careful attention will be given to regimes of validity of various theoretical and laboratory techniques. The primary aim is to enable attendees to think critically about existing literature, develop solid experimental approaches, reliably interpret data, and apply these principles and practices in development of new approaches in academic research as well as industrial practice. Alongside the theory, participants will learn a range of experimental techniques e.g. particle tracking microscopy, diffusing wave spectroscopy, and active techniques such as laser or magnetic tweezers. Participants will also learn how to discern sources of experimental error and techniques via which one may appropriately account for it. Dynamic simulation techniques will also be taught. Data sets will be analyzed to illustrate the concepts taught in the course. Emerging new areas of interest will be discussed, including the microrheology of gels, biophysical materials, and others.

Just-in-Time Beginning Rheology (Saturday and Sunday)

Instructors: Prof. Faith A. Morriison and Prof. Ronald G. Larson

The Just-in-Time Beginning Rheology course is an introduction to polymer rheology meant to start participants down the path of learning rheology and polymer molecular modeling. This is not a “start to finish” rheology course—such a thing would not be possible for two days of exposure. Instead, the course follows a structure that gives participants a chance to look at significant aspects of modern rheology from several vantage points. For example, rather than presenting comprehensive lectures on standard flows and material functions, these topics are allowed to come up naturally in the course of discussion of a rheological subfield, for example dilute solution rheology.

The course uses three material systems—dilute solutions, polymer melts, and colloidal suspensions—as major discussion threads into which are woven simultaneous and parallel presentations of rheology basics. The material subjects are bracketed on the front-end by background material (given “just in time”) and at the rear by post-discussion re-visitation. This course structure is designed to immediately reinforce participants’ understanding of the rheology and to allow them to ask questions and receive clarification. This course is recommended for those new to either rheology or to polymer molecular modeling.

Course Outline

A. Course Structure (FAM)
      1. The Divide
    a. Newtonian/Non-Newtonian
    b. Molecular modelling/Continuum Modeling
    c. It’s a big, complex story
  2. Know our Objectives
    a. How will we put rheology knowledge to use?
    b. Build rheological thinking
    c. How to accomplish? Take small bites
  3. Path through the Physics: Model + Math + Behavior → Understanding
  4. Learning Strategy
    a. Spiral: learn it lightly, revisit and make connections, learn it better
    b. Three specific material families; learn rheology “just in time”
      i. Polymer Solutions
      ii. Polymer Melts
      iii. Colloidal Suspensions
B: Polymer Solutions
      1. What you need to know to get started with Polymer Solutions (FAM)
  2. Polymer Solutions (RGL)
  3. Revisit/Reinforce/Consolidate (active exercise, FAM+RGL) 
C: Polymer Melts
  1. Getting from here to Polymer Melts (FAM)
  2. Polymer Melts (RGL)
  3. Revisit/Reinforce/Consolidate (active exercise, FAM+RGL)
D: Colloidal Suspensions
  1. Getting from here to Colloidal Suspensions (FAM)
  2. Colloidal Suspensions (RGL)
  3. Revisit/Reinforce/Consolidate (active exercise, FAM+RGL)

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Short Course Registration

Short course registration includes a complete set of course notes. Payment can be made on line with MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express.

Registration Fee for Through 9/4/2015 After 9/4/2015
Two-Day Course (Active and Passive Microrheology: Theory and Experimental Application )    
   Member* $700 $800
(includes membership for 2016)
$755 $855
   Student Member* $400 $500
   Student Non-Member**
(includes student membership for 2016)
$425 $525
One-and-a-Half Day Course (Just-in-Time Beginning Rheology)    
  Member* $400 $500
(includes membership for 2016)
$455 $555
  Student Member* $225 $325
  Student Non-Member**
(includes student membership for 2016)
$250 $350
  * Member rates are available only to registrants who are members in good standing as of June 30, 2015 or who are registered to attend the 87th Annual Meeting.
  **Non-members who are registered to attend the 87th Annual Meeting may register for the short course at the member rates.


Cancellations for the short course received by electronic mail (c/o The Local Arrangements Chair, Kalman Migler, kalman.migler@nist.gov) by September 4, 2015 will be refunded minus a $50 administrative charge.  No refunds will be granted after that date. Typically each class is limited to 40 students.

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Questions can be directed to Professor Jonathan Rothstein, University of Massachusetts, current chair of the SOR Education Committee, at rothstein@ecs.umass.edu.

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Please e-mail suggestions and comments to albertco@umche.maine.edu.
Updated 17 September 2015