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Soft Interfaces: Lecture Notes of the Les Houches Summer School: Volume 98, July 2012

Lydéric Bocquet, David Quéré, Thomas A. Witten, and Leticia F. Cugliandolo


Many of the distinctive and useful phenomena of soft matter come from its interaction with interfaces. Examples are the peeling of a strip of adhesive tape or the coating of a surface or the curling of a fibre via capillary forces or the electrically driven ow along a microchannel, or the collapse of a porous sponge. These interfacial phenomena are distinct from the intrinsic behaviour of a soft material like a gel or a microemulsion. Yet many forms of interfacial phenomena can be understood via common principles valid for many forms of soft matter. Our goal in organizing this school was to gi ... More

Keywords: Soft matter, Hydrodynamics and interfaces, Phenomenology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198789352
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198789352.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lydéric Bocquet, editor
Professor, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris

David Quéré, editor
Professor, Ecole Polytechnique

Thomas A. Witten, editor
Professor, University of Chicago

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Part I Hydrodynamics and interfaces

1 Fundamentals of fluid dynamics with an introduction to the importance of interfaces

H. A. Stone, department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Princeton University Princeton, NJ 08544, USA

2 An introduction to the hydrodynamics of locomotion on small scales

E. Lauga, department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics Centre for Mathematical Sciences University of Cambridge Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 0WA, United Kingdom

3 Singularities at interfaces

J. Eggers, school of Mathematics University of Bristol University Walk Bristol BS8 1TW United Kingdom

4 Hydrodynamic slippage of water at surfaces

E. Charlaix1 and L. Bocquet2 1Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire de Physique Université Joseph Fourier and UMR CNRS 5588 Grenoble, France 2Laboratoire de Physique de Physique Statistique and CNRS, UMR 8550 Ecole Normale Supérieure 24 rue Lhomond, 75005 Paris, France

5 Drop impact on solid substrates: bubble entrapment and spreading dynamics

H. Gelderblom, C. W. Visser, C. Sun, and D. Lohse, physics of Fluids Group, Mesa+ & Department of Science and Technology University of Twente P. O. Box 217 7500 AE Enschede The Netherlands

6 Electrowetting: the switch on the wettability

F. Mugele, physics of Complex Fluids University of Twente MESA+ institute for Nanotechnology PO Box 217 7500 AE Enschede The Netherlands

7 Capillarity with solids

S. Mora1 and Y. Pomeau2 1Laboratoire de Mécanique et de Génie Civil, UMR 5508 Université de Montpellier and CNRS, 163 Rue Auguste Broussonnet F-34090 Montpellier, France 2Department of Mathematics University of Arizona, Tucson Arizona 85721, USA

8 Instability of thin films

Damman, P., laboratoire Interfaces & Fluides Complexes Université de Mons 20, Place du Parc, 7000 Mons, Belgique

9 Where grains and fluids meet: the complex physics of wet granular matter

S. Herminghaus, max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization Am Fassberg 17 37077 Göttingen Germany

Part II Soft matter

10 Complex fluids: the physics of emulsions

M. Cates, SUPA, School of Physics and Astronomy University of Edinburgh JCMB Kings Buildings Mayfield Road Edinburgh EH9 3JZ Scotland

11 Introduction to molecular simulations in soft matter

J.-L. Barrat1 and J. J. de Pablo2 1 Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble France 2 University of Chicago USA

12 Interactions between biological membranes: theoretical concepts

M. Kanduč1,2, A. Schlaich1, E. Schneck3 and R. R. Netz1* 1 Fachbereich Physik Freie Universität Berlin Arnimallee 14 14105 Berlin, Germany 2 Department of Theoretical Physics J. Stefan Institute SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia 3 Institut Laue-Langevin 6 Rue Jules Horowitz 38000 Grenoble, France

13 Soft interfaces: the case of colloid–polymer mixtures

D. G. A. L. Aarts, department of Chemistry Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory University of Oxford South Parks Road Oxford OX1 3QZ, UK

14 Microfluidic devices: a nice tool to study enhanced oil recovery

H. Bodiguel, L. Du, C. Cottin and A. Colin, université Bordeaux 1 Rhodia Laboratoire du Futur, Unité mixte Rhodia-CNRS Université Bordeaux I, UMR 5258 Bordeaux France

15 Phase separation in soft matter: the concept of dynamic asymmetry

H. Tanaka, institute of Industrial Science University of Tokyo 4-6-1 Komaba Meguro-ku Tokyo 153-8505 Japan

16 Defects on cylinders: superfluid helium films and bacterial cell walls

David R. Nelson and Ariel Amir, lyman Laboratory of Physics Harvard University Cambridge, MA 02138 USA