Soft Matter Seminar: Jamming and Flow of Soft Particle Suspensions

Friday, January 28, 2011 – 1:15pm
Reiss 261A
Kerstin Nordstrom
U. Penn

Complex fluids are ubiquitous in nature and industry. Soft particle suspensions offer a unique perspective on complex fluids in that they can exist anywhere from a dilute state where the particles do not touch to a highly concentrated state where the particles squeeze against one another. This diversity affords experimental exploration of both sides of the jamming transition. We present results on both static and flowing states of a dense suspension of soft particles. We discuss these results in the context of critical phenomena.

Host: Daniel Blair