|Time&Place||11/29 ($B?e(B) 13:30-15:00, 15:30-17:00 (Physics Building, Lecture Room #1)
11/30 ($BLZ(B) 13:30-15:00, 15:30-17:00 (Physics Building, Lecture Room #2)
|Lecturer||Prof. David Andelman|
|Affiliation||School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel Aviv University|
|Title||An introduction to electrostatics of soft and biological matter: electrolytes, polyelectrolytes and membranes|
|Abstract||It is hard to under-estimate the crucial role that electrostatics (along with magnetism) plays in all physical, chemical and biological phenomena and processes. In a series of three lectures I will explain some of the key ingredients that are of importance when charges interact in liquids and in soft matter. At room temperature thermal fluctuations, and hence entropy of various conformational and translational degrees of freedom, will compete with electrostatic interactions giving rise to complex and sometimes poorly understood effects.
I will give an introduction to electrostatics in soft and biological matter. I will consider the theory and modeling and refer to experiments in a qualitative and phenomenological way. The lectures are intended for graduate and post-graduate students who are interested in the field and require knowledge of electromagnetism, statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. Other concepts and phenomenology will be clarified during the lectures.