Featured speaker and symposium chair
Eugenia Kumacheva, The University of Toronto, Canada
Eugenia Kumacheva's research interests focuse on the fundamental and applied science of soft matter: polymers, nanometer and micrometer-size colloids, gels, and liquid crystals. One of the powerful approaches developed in her group is the self-assembly of nanoparticles in structures with controllable geometry and complexity. She has approached nanoparticles as "colloidal molecules" and established that their assembly is governed by the same rules that produce equilibrium structures in systems built from molecules. In another approach, she discovered a new mechanism of shape transformations in soft materials. By mimicking the behavior of plant tissues she designed polymers with chemically distinct, fiber-like regions and achieved stimulus-responsive self-shaping of these.
Her other research interests include microfluidics (flow of fluids through narrow channels). She pioneered continuous microfluidic synthesis of polymer particles with exquisite control over their compositions, dimensions, and shapes, developed a microfluidic platform for fundamental studies of carbon dioxide in liquid media and discovered a unique behaviour of gels flowing through narrow capillaries.
Eugenia Kumacheva is Canada Research in Advanced Polymer Materials (Tier 1) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Her international awards include Chorafas Foundation Award in Physics and Engineering, Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Award, Schlumberger Scholarship and the L'Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science.