SoftMatControl Rennes (France)

4.2. - 14.2.2013 SoftMatControl, Rennes (France)

The international school SoftMatControl is a European ERASMUS Intensive Programme proposed by the universities of Rennes 1, Poznan and Saarbrücken. It offers a unique opportunity to European master and young PhD students in physics to gain exclusive skills in the understanding of out-of-equilibrium phenomena, by mastering control parameters of complexity in soft and molecular materials.

Quasi-elastic neutron scattering on bulk and confined hexane

26.3.2012 Self-Diffusion Dynamics of Liquid Hexane in the Bulk State and in Nanoconfinement.

Quasi-elastic neutron scattering study on the self-diffusion dynamics of liquid hexane in the bulk state and confined in nanochannels of porous silicon published in the Journal of Chemical Physics (pdf).

Confinement effects in rod-like LCs

10.8.2012 Optical birefringence study on the influence of nano-confinement on nematic liquid crystals published in Physical Review E .

Imbibition Front Broadening in Mesoporous Vycor Glass

26.6.2012 Study on the front broadening during water imbibition in nanoporous glass (Vycor) published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PNAS 109, 10245 (2012).


Imbibition of water and a liquid crystal in nanoporous silica


Gravimetric study on the capillarity-driven invasion dynamics of the rod-like liquid crystal octyloxycyanobiphenyl (8OCB) in mesoporous monolithic silica glass (Vycor) reveals the existence of a paranematic phase driven by the molecular alignment of the rods in the narrow pore structure (see article published as part of the special issue on nano- and microfluidics in Journal of Physics).