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Xiamen Forum 2016 on Soft Matter: from Mesoscale Assembly to

Xiamen Forum 2016 on Soft Matter: from Mesoscale Assembly to Smart Fabrication, which is funded by the MOE & SAFEA “111” Intelligence-Recruitment Scheme, and co-sponsored by College of Physical Science and Technology, Research Institute for Biomimetics and Soft Matter, and Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory for Soft Functional Materials Research, Xiamen University, was successfully held at the Royal Victoria Hotel, on October 24th and 25th, 2016.

Director of Research Institute for Biomimetics and Soft Matter of Xiamen University, Prof. Xiangyang Liu, who also was the chairman of the forum, presided over the opening ceremony. The academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Prof. Ouyang Zhongcan that is the dean of the College of Physics of the University of Science and Technology of China, and the dean of the College of Physical Science and Technology of Xiamen University, Prof. Chenxu Wu delivered speeches respectively. A total of 116 participants, including professors and students from universities and research institutions in the United States, the Netherlands, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland and other countries, met to carry out international academic exchange.
In the two-day forum,Prof. Ouyang Zhongcan who is the academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Prof. Theo Rasing from Radboud University in the Netherlands, Prof. Xiaodong Chen from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Prof. James De Yoreo from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in the USA, Prof. Xiangyang Liu from National University of Singapore & Xiamen University, Prof. Ming-Yong Han from Institute of Materials Research and Engineering in Singapore, Prof. Masao Doi from Beihang University, Prof. Jan H.van Esch from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, A/Prof. Yilong Han from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Prof. Mingjie Liu from Beihang University, Prof. Zhiqun Lin from Georgia Institute of Technology in the USA, Prof. Shijo Nagao and Prof. Tadashi Nakano from Osaka University in Japan, Dr. Wanxin Sun from Bruker Nano Surface in Singapore, Prof. Mitsumasa Iwamoto and A/Prof. Tetsuya Yamamoto from Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan, Prof. Chenxu Wu from Xiamen University, Prof. Peter Christianen from Radboud University in the Netherlands, Prof. Renko de Vries from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, A/Prof. Hideaki Yokoyama from the University of Tokyo in Japan, Prof. Hu Chen from Xiamen University, Prof. Chun-Long Chen from Pacific Northwest National Laborary in the USA, Prof. Marcy Zenobi-Wong from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Switzerland, Prof. Jian-Feng Li from Xiamen University, A/Prof. Jingliang Li from Deakin University in Australia, Prof. Xu Hou from Xiamen University who is one of the professors of Young overseas high-level talents introduction plan, Prof. Xiaoyu Cao and Prof. Jianwei Shuai from Xiamen University. The above-mentioned 28 experts and scholars at home and abroad made the conference reports for the attendees.
Participants of the domestic and foreign scientists gave high comments on the Xiamen Forum 2016 on Soft Matter, and hope to further deepen cooperation and exchanges. In addition,“thanks a lot for the excellent conference and the great hospitality; I really enjoyed the meeting tremendously, and sincerely hope that we can continue these meetings in the future. I also hope that we can substantiate collaborations between our groups, and will come back to this in the coming days to summarise the short- and long-term possibilities.” commented Prof. Jan H.van Esch from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Prof. Masao Doi said, “I thank you again for the excellent organization of the very stimulating conference.”
The forum not only discussed the latest development of soft material research, large-scale innovation and the direction of industrialization, but also greatly promoted the domestic and foreign scientists in-depth cross-communication. As one of the organizers, there were more than a dozen young scientists of Research Institute for Biomimetics and Soft Matter of Xiamen University actively participated and contributed to the forum, which would have a directly positive impact on Xiamen city and Fujian Province in the flexible materials devices, functional textile materials, environmental protection and printing and dyeing Printing and other soft material-related industries.
Participants of the international experts unanimously recommended that endeavor to make the "Xiamen soft material" series of forums become international brand of science forums, and proposed to take the opportunity of this forum to form international alliance, which is composed of Xiamen University in the PRC – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in the USA – University of Washington - Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands – Wageningen University in the Netherlands, that can provide conditions for the prospective assembling the International Joint Laboratory of the Ministry of Education.


Director of Research Institute for Biomimetics and Soft Matter of Xiamen University, Prof. Xiangyang Liu, presided over the opening ceremony, and introduced the significance of this international forum.

The academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Prof. Ouyang Zhongcan made a short speech about Research Institute for Biomimetics and Soft Matter of Xiamen University and expressed gratitude to the related organizations for the forum.


The academician of the Dutch Royal Academy of sciences, Prof. Theo Rasing from Radboud University delivered a lecture of “ Ultrafast Soft Photonics”.


Prof. James De Yoreo, former president of MRS and professor of Northwest Pacific National Laboratory, introduced the study of “Mimicking proteins to assemble low-dimensional functional materials”.


Prof. Mitsumasa Iwamoto of Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan introduced the dielectric physics approach for visualizing carrier motion in soft materials by Time of Flight, Maxwell-displacement current and Electric Field Optical second Harmonic generation


Prof. Chenxu Wu of Xiamen University gave a report titled "Topological Dependence of Polymer Bushes”.


Prof. Masao Doi, Academician of the American Academy of Engineering and Professor of Beijing University, introduced the progress of physics in the drying process of polymer solution or colloidal suspension.


Prof. JanH.van Esch of Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, delivered a report on "Directed and Non-equilibrium Self-Assembly".


Prof. Peter Christianen of the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands introduced the magnetic manipulation technology of polymer nanostructures.


Prof. Renko de Vries from the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands, introduced the study of self-assembled protein polymers as minimalistic models for biological nanostructured soft materials.