International Conference on Physics and Chemistries of Hydrophobic Interfaces

Feb 14 2016 03:00 PM - Feb 17 2016 08:00 PM


Water Desalination and Reuse Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is organizing a gathering of leaders in academic research on Physics and Chemistries of Hydrophobic Interfaces during February 14-17, 2016. Leading experimentalists and theorists from  around the world will share their insights on complexities of hydrophobic interactions and experimental/theoretical strategies to probe deeper, and identify unique challenges and opportunities for fundamental and solution-driven collaborative research. There will be a series of interactive presentations, poster sessions, and informal coffee-chats. KAUST’s industrial partners will also participate in stimulating conversations and panel discussions. The areas of focus will be:

  1. Origin of hydrophobic interactions: roles of hydrogen bonding, density fluctuations, nanoscale bubbles, structuring of water, and short- and long-range effects; development of force-fields for hydrophobic interaction

  2. Latest experimental and theoretical techniques to measure force-distance curves at hydrophobic interfaces and rates of reactions therein 

  3. Specific ion effects at hydrophobic interfaces.
Besides sharing knowledge, the ultimate goal of this conference is to bring experimentalists and theorists on a common platform to identify the most profound questions in the field and devise collaborative strategies to address them.

All members of the KAUST research and academic community are invited to attend and participate in this important event.