Hydrodynamic Fluctuations in Soft-Matter Simulations
Soft matter is the branch of science dealing with materials that can neither be described as simple solids or liquids, but rather, depending on the circumstance, exhibit properties of both. Examples include dough, foam, toothpaste, paint, ketchup, blood, motor oil, and many other substances of daily life. Modern science seeks to understand the behaviour of these systems on small length and time scales. This insight is of direct practical importance for many applications, for instance, in the design of microfluidic devices used in biomedicine, in food processing, and in the development of pharmaceuticals. Due to their inherent complexity, the theoretical description of these systems relies heavily on computer simulations. A consistent framework necessitates the inclusion of thermal fluctuations, and this poses both conceptual and mathematical challenges. This conference brings together international experts from a variety of disciplines to exchange experience and insights, with the aim of making progress in the development of appropriate models that are theoretically sound and computationally efficient. An accompanying school, consisting of a set of lectures by experts, will acquaint young scientists with the existing body of knowledge in the field.
Burkhard Duenweg (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany)
Ravi Prakash Jagadeeshan (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)
Friederike Schmid (Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Institute of Physics, Germany)