In this lecture I will tell you all about the wonderful nature of slime. Can a liquid bounce? A solid flow? A solution shatter? Find out how slime turns your view of the material world upside down. Slime is a wonderful example of soft matter physics in action. Soft matter is everywhere; colloids, liquid crystals, polymers, foams, gels, emulsions, membranes, granular materials, biological matter and therefore life itself are just some instances of soft matter. Some new physics, fun examples, messy demos, what more could you want from a talk?
Dr ME Ries is a Senior Lecturer in Physics at the University of Leeds. He is presently a Royal Society Industry Fellow working with industry on new ways of processing the most abundant biopolymer on the planet, cellulose. This research involves using ionic liquids, room temperature molten salts, to dissolve polysaccharides, with these solutions being natural examples of soft matter. His areas of expertise are soft matter physics and nuclear magnetic resonance. Dr ME Ries is the Chair of the Yorkshire Branch of the Institute of Physics and through this he promotes physics, the understanding of physics and the importance of physics to the public.
Enter the postcode M15 5JH into Google Maps or a sat nav, which will direct you to Stretford Road. Turn south onto Old Birley Street and continue for approximately 500 yards. Turn left onto Greenheys Lane West. Turn left onto the A5103/Princess Road (Northbound) then immediately exit on to the slip road towards the Brooks Building. Take the first left for the multi-storey car park and the second left for visitor and disabled parking.
Talk starts at 18.30 with refreshments from 18.00. No booking required.