2. Techniques for the characterisation of physical gels;
3. The sol-gel transition;
4. General properties of polymer networks;
5. Ionic gels;
6. Hydrophobically associated networks;
7. Helical structures from neutral biopolymers;
8. Gelation through phase transformation in synthetic and natural polymers;
9. Colloidal gels from proteins and peptides;
10. Mixed gels;
11. Innovative systems and applications.
Madeleine Djabourov is Professor at Ecole Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI-ParisTech), in charge of thermodynamics and rheology courses. She was involved in pioneer studies on gelation and percolation initiated by Pierre Gilles de Gennes.
Katsuyoshi Nishinari is a special appointment professor at the Graduate School of Human Life Science, Osaka City University. He organized a collaborative research group on gellan gum in the Research Group on Polymer Gels in the Society of Polymer Science, Japan, and has been a recipient of the JSFST, JSR and JSBR awards and Food Hydrocolloids Trust Medal.
Simon B. Ross-Murphy University of Manchester.
Simon B. Ross-Murphy is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester (Materials Science) and the University of Nottingham (Biopolymer Science and Technology). He has previously been Chair in Biopolymer Science at King's College London and before that at Unilever Research.