Short Course


Two short courses (A and B) are planned on Aug 7 and 8. Course details are shown below. To attend the course, please register through "this page".

Schedule (for course A and B)

Both courses will be held from 10:30 on Aug 7th in Kyoto Terrsa (conference venue). The room will be opened from 10:00 on Aug 7th.

Aug 7th (Sun)
10:30 - 12:00 Session 1
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Session 2
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 17:00 Session 3

Aug 8th (Mon)
10:30 - 12:00 Session 4
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
ICR Registration and reception (reception starts at 18:00)

Course A

Complex Fluid-Fluid Interfaces: Capillarity and Interfacial Rheology


Professor Gerald G. Fuller, Stanford University, USA
Professor Jan Vermant, ETH, Switzerland


This short course introduces students to the dynamics, structure, and rheology of complex, fluid-fluid interfaces. These surfaces surround us (quite literally, in the case of biological interfaces) and are studied in biophysics, bioengineering, material science, and colloid and interface science. Industrial and medical applications can be found in personal products, food science, oil production and refining, and medicine (cell mechanics, biofilms, and pulmonary mechanics). The structure of the course will follow the subject matter presented in a book that the instructors are developing on this subject. We welcome enrollments from academic groups as well as industrial laboratories.


  • A brief history of fluid interfaces
  • Thermodynamics of fluid interfaces
    • Soluble, Gibbs interfaces
    • Insoluble, Langmuir interfaces
  • Simple liquid-fluid interfaces and capillarity
  • Microstructural measurement techniques
  • Fluid mechanics of thin films
    • Lubrication analysis
    • Boundary conditions
  • Interfacial fluid mechanics
    • Instabilities of thin films and filaments
    • The interfacial stress rheometer
  • Interfacial shear rheometry
    • The magnetic rod rheometer
    • The bi-cone
    • The double wall ring
    • Microrheometry
  • Dilatational rheometry
  • Applications
    • Fatty acids and alcohols
    • 2D suspensions
    • Polymers at interfaces
    • Proteins at interfaces
    • Drainage and stability of the biological interfaces
    • Hydrate formation
    • Biofilms

Course B

Dynamics of Soft Matters : Diffusion and Rheology in Polymers


Professor Masao Doi, Beihang University, China
Professor Yuich Masubuchi, Nagoya University, Japan


This course will introduce theoretical aspects for the dynamics of soft matter, specifically for polymers and gels. Macroscopic behavior of these systems comes from the microscopic structure inherent in the materials. Understanding of this coupling between macro-micro properties is thus useful for the analysis of data. The contents of the course are as follows.


  • Diffusion
    • Driving force in diffusion
    • Diffusion induced by stress
    • Stress induced by diffusion
    • Gel dynamics
    • Drying and wetting
  • Polymer dynamics
    • Microscopic description of stress
    • Stress-optical rule
    • Dumbbell models
    • Rouse model
    • Zimm model
    • Tube models
    • Simulations


  • M. Doi, “Soft Matter Physics”, Oxford, 2013
  • M. Doi and S. F. Edwards, “The Theory of Polymer Dynamics”, Oxford 1988