Chemical engineering speaker to talk on glass, gel formation

Published: Apr 20, 2010 5:00:00 PM
Media Contact: Sally Credille, src0007@auburn.edu, 334-844-3447

Charles F. Zukoski, William H. and Janet G. Lycan Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and chairman of the Science and Engineering Research Council in the Agency of Science Technology and Research in Singapore, will present "Glass and Gels in Suspensions of Anisotropic Particles" on Wednesday, April 21, at 2 p.m. in 1103 Shelby Center. His lecture is hosted by Auburn's Department of Chemical Engineering.

Zukoski will explore glass and gel formation in suspensions where both shape and strength of attraction are controlled. He will discuss how both weak attractions and weak shape anisotropy delay glass formation, providing a greatly expanded window of suspension processing. Glass formation is associated with rapidly increasing relaxation times over small changes in temperature or increases in density and is often thought of in terms of crowding or loss of free volume. 

Zukoski's research interests include colloidal materials, phase change phenomena and self assembly. As chairman of the Science and Engineering Research Council, he is responsible for seven research institutes that support the manufacturing sector of the Singapore economy and are the area's major source of technology innovation. He was vice chancellor for research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2002-2008, where he focused on enhancing the impact of the scholarship and research of faculty members through the development of multidisciplinary efforts. He was head of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois from 1995-2002. Zukoski received his undergraduate degree in physics from Reed College in 1977 and doctorate in chemical engineering from Princeton University in 1985. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.