Contact Information

Professor Robert Tilton
Director, Center for Complex Fluids Engineering

Dr. Annette Jacobson
Director, Colloids, Polymers and Surfaces (CPS) Educational Program

Laura Shaheen
CPS and CFE Administrative Assistant
(412) 268-6344
E-mail:lr23 [at]


2015 Colloids, Polymers & Surfaces Seminar Series

Unless otherwise noted, CPS seminars will be held Fridays at 3:30pm in Doherty 1212.

Feb 27, 2015: Lignin in Unnatural Environments: Polymer Grafting and Applications as Emulsifiers, Superplasticizers, and Foaming Agents; Prof. Newell Washburn, CMU

March 31, 2015: (DH1112, 10:45am, Toor Lecture) Chemical Engineering in the 21st Century Global Economy; Dr. Scott Whalen, P&G

April 7, 2015: (DH1112, 10:45am, ChE Dept) Janus Particles as Solid Surfactants; Prof. Daeyeon Lee, UPenn

May 1, 2015: Concentration-Polarization, Electro-Convection and Colloid Dynamics: A Comparison between Microchannel-Nanochannel and Permselective Membrane Interface Devices; Prof. Gilad Yossifon, Dept. Mechanical Eng., Technion


( Archived ) 2009 - 2013 Seminar Series - Fridays 3:30pm

2009 Seminar Series

Feb 13, 2009: Simulations of Complex Fluidic Systems: A Hybrid Lattice-Boltzmann Approach; Dr. Berk Usta, Chemical & Petroleum Engineering Department, University of Pittsburgh

Feb 27, 2009: Highly Uniform Micro-Cavity Arrays in Flexible Elastomer Film; Prof. Shelley Anna, Departments of Mechanical and Chemical Eng., Carnegie Mellon University

March 13, 2009: Controlling the structure and dynamics of wormlike micelles using colloidal particles (and vice versa); Dr. Matt Helgeson, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware

April 17, 2009: TBA;Dr. Apostolos Avgeropoulos, Department of  Materials Science & Engineering, University of Ioannina

April 24, 2009: The jamming phenomenon and worms; Dr. Kevin Lu, Departments of  Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

April 30, 2009 (ChE Seminar, DH1112, 10:45am): Highly-Charged and Complex Interfaces: Electrokinetics and Rheology; Prof. Todd Squires, Department of Chemical Engineering, UCSB

Fall (Fridays at 3:30pm DH 1212)

October 9: Crystalline Colloidal Self Assembly for Smart Material Chemical Sensing; Dr. Sanford A. Asher, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh

October 23: Electric Conductivity and Particle Charging in Non-polar Solutions of Non-Dissociable Surfactants; Dr. Sven Holger Behrens, School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

November 6: Complex collisions and coalescence between micro-bubbles measured using atomic force microscopy; Dr. Raymond Dagastine, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Melbourne

November 20: Smart Fluids Consisting of Iron Oxide Nanoparticle-Clay Hybrid Materials; Dr. Jung-Kun Lee, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Pittsburgh

December 1 (ChE Seminar, DH 1112, 10:30am): Transport and Collective Dynamics in Suspensions of Swimming Microorganisms; Dr. Michael Graham, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Wisconsin

2010 Seminar Series

June 15, 2010: CFE Minisymposium;(DH2315, schedule - all day + lunch) Graduate students will present talks that may or may not be given at the 84th Colloids & Surface Science Symposium in Akron OH

July 9, 2010: (DH A310) 2D Assembly of Colloidal Particles on a Planar Electrode; Chris Wirth, Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

July 16: (DH 1212) A new methodology to analyzing surfactant dynamics; Nick Alvarez, Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

July 23: (DH A310) Enhanced Separations Using Self-Assembled Phospholipids; Prof. Lisa A. Holland, Chemistry, University of West Virginia

Sept 9: (DH1112, 10:45am, ChE Dept seminar) Light Sensitive Surfactants; Prof. Julian Eastoe, School of Chemistry, Bristol University

Sept 10: (DH 1212) Ionic currents in the presence of supporting electrolyte; Prof. Udi Yariv, Department of Math, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

October 5: (DH1112, 10:45am, ChE Dept seminar) Colloidal Interactions, Dynamics and Assembly on Energy Landscapes; Prof. Michael Bevan, Department of chemical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

October 8: (DH 1212) Chemical Engineering & Careers in Industry: Spotlight on Transportation Fluid Technology; Dr. MyHang Truong, Lubrizol

October 22: (DH 1212) Periodically sequenced peptides: A biomimetic platform for materials synthesis; Prof. Ray Tu, Dept. Chemical Engineering, CCNY

November 19: (DH 1212) In-situ micro-meter scale measurements for porous electrodes; Prof. Shawn Litster, Department of Mechanical Engineering, CMU

2011 Seminar Series

February 8, 2011: (DH1112, 10:45am, ChE Dept seminar) Suspensions of Magnetic Nanoparticles: From Fluid Physics to Biomedical Applications; Prof. Carlos Rinaldi, Department of chemical Engineering, Univerity of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez

March 18, 2011:Structure-Property Relationships in Elastomeric and Conductive Polymer Networks; Prof. Chris Bettinger, Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering, CMU

April 8, 2011:Immiscible droplets in electric fields: Shape-mediated interactions; Prof. Andrew Belmonte, W. G. Pritchard Laboratories, Department of Mathematics, Penn State University, PA

Sept. 9, 2011: (WEH 4709, 3:30pm, CM2EM/CPS seminar) Enhanced atomic-level dynamics and ‘rejuvenation’ in deformed glassy materials; Prof. Dan Lacks, Case Western

Sept. 20, 2011: (DH1112, 10:45am, ChE Dept seminar) Desalination shocks in microstructures; Prof. Martin Bazant, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT

Sept. 27, 2011: (DH1112, 10:45am, ChE Dept seminar) The colloidal polymer: directed colloidal assembly using magnetic fields; Prof.Lisa Biswal, Department of Chemical Engineering, Rice University

Sept. 28, 2011: (DH A301D, 4:30pm, Physics Condensed Matter/CPS Seminar) To Fuse or Not to Fuse - the Physics Behind the Delayed Coalescence of Sessile Droplets of Completely Miscible Liquids; Dr. Hans Riegler, Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam GERMANY

Sept. 30, 2011: (DH 1212, 3:30pm, CPS Seminar) Using Physical Methods to Understand the Problems Inherent in Application of Pressure Sensitive Adhesives; Dr. Mark Jason, Cytec Industries

Oct. 28, 2011: (DH 1212, 3:30pm, CPS Seminar) Surfactant spreading on a thin liquid film: testing models with experiments; Dr. Ellen Peterson, Dept. Mathematics, CMU

Nov. 1, 2011: (DH1112, 10:45am, ChE Dept seminar) Engineering microdevices for DNA electrophoresis; Prof.Kevin Dorfman, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota

Nov. 15, 2011: Seiner Lecture (DH1112, 10:45am) The Role of Colloid Science in Drug Delivery Technology; Dr. Tony Meehan, Johnson & Johnson

Dec. 2, 2011: (DH1212, 3:30 pm, CPS Seminar) Droplet technology: life science tools enabled by surfactant and emulsion science; Dr. Brian Hutchison, Raindance Technologies, Lexington MA

Dec. 9, 2011: (DH1212, 3:30 pm, CPS Seminar) Engineering the extracelllular matrix from the bottom-up using surface-initiated assembly; Prof. Adam Feinberg, BME & MSE, CMU

2012 Seminar Series

March 16, 2012: Electrolyte dependent 2D assembly of colloidal particles on a planar electrode; Chris Wirth, Dept. Chemical Engineering, CMU

April 3, 2012: (DH1112, 10:45am, ChE Dept seminar) Nanoparticle Composites: Where the Rubber Meets the Road; Prof. Charles Zukoski, Department of Chemical Engineering, UIUC

April 27, 2012:Large amplitude oscillatory flow of complex fluids; Dr. James Swan, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware

July 13, 2012: (DH1112, 3:30pm) Highlights of Mesoscopic soft Matter Behavior; Prof. George Flytas, Department of Materials Science University of Crete and IESL/FORTH, Heraklion, GREECE

August 2, 2012: Engineering Of Multi-Modal Bioactive Nanoparticles Of Narrow Size Distribution For Cancer Diagnosis & Therapy; Prof. Shlomo Margel, Department of Chemistry, Bar-Ilan University, ISRAEL

Sept. 14, 2012: Electrokinetic flows over highly charged surfaces; Ory Schnitzer, Department of Mathematics, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, ISRAEL

Oct. 5, 2012: TBA; Dr. Stephanie Malone, Department of Chemical Engineering, CMU

Oct. 26, 2012: Ions, Ions pairs and inverse micelles in non-polar media; Dr. Andrei Dukhin, Dispersion Technology Inc., Bedford Hills NY

Nov. 30, 2012: Organomodified Siloxanes - Multitalents to Control Processes at Interfaces; Dr. Joachim Venzmer, Head of Research Interfacial Technology Consumer Specialties Evonik Industries AG

2013 Seminar Series

Feb 7, 2013: (DH1112, 10:45am, ChE Dept seminar) Colloids, Polymers and Surfaces in Biotechnology: Protein Sorption and Transport in Ion-Exchange Media; Prof. Bramie Lenhoff, Department of Chemical Engineering, Univ. Delaware

Feb 21, 2013: (DH1112, 10:45am, ChE Dept seminar) New Frontiers in Single Polymer Dynamics and Molecular Probe Engineering for Super-Resolution Imaging; Prof. Charles Schroeder, Department of Chemical Engineering, UIUC

April 5, 2013: Giving genes the silent treatment : Lipid nanoparticles for siRNA delivery; Prof. Kathryn A. Whitehead, Dept. Chemical Engineering, CMU

April 23, 2013: (DH1112, 10:45am, ChE Dept seminar) Polymers and Ionic Liquids; Prof. David Hoagland, Polymer Science and Engineering, UMASS

April 26, 2013: Interpreting the Interfacial Dilatational Rheology of Microscale Oscillating Bubbles; Anthony Kotula, CMU and The Possibility of Stability in the Horizontal Ribbon Growth Process; German Oliveros Patino, CMU

August 14, 2013: (WH7316, 2:30pm, Biophysics seminar) Membrane-nanoparticle interactions : A mechanistic insight to cellular uptake; Dr. Sabyasachi Dasgubta, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

Sept. 9, 2013: (WH7500, 4:30pm, Physics Colloquium) Dynamics of Water Condensation and Ice Nucleation on Soft Surfaces; Professor E. Bonaccurso, Darmstadt Technical University

Sept. 24, 2013: (DH1112, 10:45am, ChE Dept seminar) Reversible Nanoclusters from Nanoparticles: Colloid Science Fundamentals and Applications Including Drug Delivery and Biomedical Imaging ; Prof. Keith Johnston, Chemical Engineering, Texas Austin

Nov. 21, 2013: (DH1112, 10:45am, ChE Dept seminar) Colloids near Electrodes: Effects of Electrolyte, Transitions in Order, and Bifurcations in Height; Prof. Bill Ristenpart, UC Davis

Nov. 22, 2013: Coarsening Colloidal Gels: Micro-mechanics and Rheology; Prof. Roseanna Zia, Cornell

2014 Seminar Series

Feb 25, 2014: (DH1112, 10:45am, ChE Dept Seminar) Self Assembly and Crystallization in Conjugated Polymers; Prof. Rachel Segalman, UC Berkeley and LBNL

March 25, 2014: (DH1112, 10:45am, Casassa Lecture) Can we use thermodynamics to predict adhesion?; Prof. John Berg, University of Washington

April 11, 2014: Loop Subdivision Surface Boundary Integral Simulations for Vesicles in Shear and Extensional Flows; Dr. Andrew Spann, Stanford University

May 2, 2014: Adsorption and Marangoni Transport of Colloidal Particles; Dr. Gunnar Dunér, CMU

June 19, 2014: **Annual Colloids Minisymposium**

June 27, 2014: (DH1112, 3:30pm) Hypersonic Phononic Soft Composite Materials; Dr. George Fytas, Max Planck/Crete

September 16, 2014: (DH1112, 10:45am, Seiner Lecture) TBA; Dr. Chris Tucker, Dow Chemical

Nov. 3, 2014: (WEH 7321, 4:30pm, Condensed Matter Physics) The Role of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Addressing the World's Energy Challenges; Dr. James H. Dickerson II, Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Nov. 21, 2014: Balancing Capillary, Viscous, and Vibrational Mechanisms for making High Surface Energy Liquid Spread over a Solid Substrate; Prof. Ofer Manor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa