Dynamic self-assembly and quorum effects in chemistry and biology predicted by non-linear modelling algorithms

October 20-23, 2019

Liverpool, United Kingdom

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This Workshop will bring together the expertise of UK and Russian institutions in the development of complex materials and self-regulating chemical systems. Its broad focus is dynamic self-assembly, self-organization and the related areas of unexpected ("emergent") behaviours and complexity, in systems ranging from fluids and suspensions of colloid particles, nanocapsules with controlled release properties through simple micromachines, to bacterial cells, structured self-healing, energy-responsive and antifouling coatings and soft robots. We target to fill the gap between math, computer science and development of new materials combining the expertise of UK scientists in fundamental knowledge of smart materials with the mathematic skills of Russian partners.

The key topics:

  1. Designing the dynamic systems will contribute to a range of fundamental questions in the modern science. It will:
    • help to construct an intellectual framework for understanding DySA and complexity/emergence;
    • lead to the identification of new or under-investigated classes of materials (e.g., actuators, communicating capsules/nanocontainers) or processes (gel formation, precipitation);
    • provide a series of host-guest responsive structures to examine analytical systems designed to analyse the behaviors of complex systems.
  2. The techniques of DySA will, give rise to new ways of building organized matter and provide methods for assembling small components (e.g., in micro- and nanotechnology).
  3. Workshop will facilitate the exchange of the expertise in new breakthrough materials technology sustainable energetics between UK and Russia connecting the research with current demand of the quick development of the new commercial products.


It was great workshop! Interesting people and great ideas! Thanks for all participants!

Workshop Program

Day 1:

  • From 15:00Registration, networking

Day 2:

  • 10:00-10:10
    Workshop opening, Prof. Richard Cosstick, Dean of Physical Sciences, University of Liverpool
  • 10:10-10:40
    “Sonochemical assembly between carbon allotropes for high strain-tolerant conductive nanocomposites”, Prof. Dmitry Shchukin, University of Liverpool
  • 10:40-11:00“Self-assembled structures from nanoparticles: SERS and prospects for antimicrobial coatings”, Dr. Andrei Novikov, Gubkin University
  • 11:00-11:20“Encapsulated salt hydrate phase change materials for thermal energy storage”, Dr. Michael Graham, University of Liverpool
  • 11:30-12:00Coffee/Tea break
  • 12:00-12:20“Clathrate and semi-clathrate hydrates as materials for energy storage”, Dr. Andrey Stoporev, Gubkin University, NIIC SB RAS
  • 12:20-12:40“Ultra mixing & processing facility”, Dr. Dan Harvey, University of Liverpool
  • 12:40-13:00“Nanostructured Pt- and Pd-containing catalysts for isomerisation of aromatic compounds”, B.Sci. Artemova Maria, Gubkin University
  • 13:00-13:20“Utilising computational spectroscopy to monitor discharge mechanisms in metal-air batteries”, Dr. Jyoti Gupta, John Moors University, Liverpool
  • 13:30-14:30Networking lunch
  • 14:30-14:50“Organization of nanoparticles on natural aluminosilicate nanotubes”, Ms Anna Stavitskaya, Gubkin University
  • 14:50-15:10“The diode interface formation for the EGaIn-gel polyelectrolyte system”, Dr. Konstantin Nikolaev, ITMO University
  • 15:10-15:40“Funding and career development opportunities in UK and UK-Russia collaborations”
  • 15:40-16:10TBA, Dr. Jiaxin Zhang, Queen Mary University of London
  • 16:10-17:00UMPF Tour
  • 17:00 - …Workshop dinner in SIRE, Visit to Liverpool Museums

Day 3:

  • 10:00-11:00
    “Infochemistry and Current trends in Russian Science”, Prof. Ekaterina Skorb, ITMO University
  • 11:00-11:30
    “Multi-mode dynamical model for dendritic electroless silver colonies growth”, Prof. Vasily Leonenko, ITMO University
  • 11:30-12:00Coffee/Tea break
  • 12:00-12:20
    “Thin film photovoltaics”, Prof. Ken Durose, University of Liverpool
  • 12:20-12:40“Computer modeling in organometallic chemistry: reactivity, catalysis, and noncovalent interactions”, Dr. Alexander Novikov, Saint Petersburg State University
  • 12:40-13:00TBA, Valeriia Kudriavtceva, Queen Mary University of London
  • 13:00-13:20“The processes of self-organization of inorganic/organic particles for obtaining of optic nanostructures”, Dr. Morozova Sofia, ITMO University
  • 13:30-14:30Networking lunch
  • 14:30-15:10
    “Tunable interaction in colloids in rotating electric and magnetic fields”, Prof. Stanislav Yurchenko, Bauman Moscow State Technical University
  • 15:10-15:30“Spontaneous annealing of biopolymer multi-layered vehicles: fundamental aspects and a new route for drug delivery via physical trap”, Jack Campbell, Nottingham Trent University
  • 15:30-15:50“Ion fluxes in solutions for information processing and iontronics”, M.Sci. Nikolay Ryzhkov, ITMO University
  • 16:00-16:30Tour of MIF, Mike Egan
  • 17:00-…Workshop dinner in SIRE, Visit to Liverpool Waterfront, The Cavern, etc.

Day 4:

  • 10:00-11:00
    Introduction of the SIRE, “High throughput development of new materials for Li batteries”, Prof. Laurence Hardwick, University of Liverpool
  • 11:00-11:30
    “New routes to sustainable and solar fuels”, Dr. Alex Cowan, University of Liverpool
  • 11:30-11:50“Quality control system for chemistry production”, Dipl.Eng. Vadim Manaenko, Airalab Rus LLC
  • 11:50-12:10Coffee/Tea break
  • 12:10-12:30“Vaterite microcarriers for encapsulation and controlled release of stabilized nanosilver”, Ana Maria Ferreira, Nottingham Trent University
  • 12:30-12:50“Development of potentionstat for wireless electrochemical detection with web application”, B.Sci. Zenkin Artemii
  • 12:50-13:10“Instabilities in dendritic silver colonies”, M.Sci. Natalia Mamchik, ITMO University
  • 13:10-13:30“Upconversion of reductants”, Dr. Mikhail Syroeshkin, N.D. Zelinsky institute of organic chemistry
  • 13:30-14:30Networking lunch
  • 14:30-15:30
    “Boundaries between decidable and undecidable problems in Materials Science and self-organization”, Prof. Igor Potapov, University of Liverpool
  • 15:30-15:50“Hybrid materials based on natural biopolymers”, Dr. Elena Krivoshapkina, Institute of Chemistry KSC UB RAS
  • 15:50-16:10TBA, Jessica McGlynn, University of Glasgow
  • 16:10-16:30“Modelling Magnetization of Soft Magnetic Elastomers”, Mr. Mikhail Vaganov, ICMM UB RAS
  • 16:30-17:00SIRE Tour
  • 17:00-…Farewell dinner, Visit to Liverpool Protestant and Catholic Cathedrals


Main organizers

Prof. Ekaterina Skorb
ITMO University (Russia)
Prof. Dmitry Shchukin
University of Liverpool (United Kingdom)


Prof Igor Potapov
University of Liverpool (United Kingdom)
Prof Laurence Hardwick
University of Liverpool (United Kingdom)
Prof Daria Andreeva
ITMO University (Russia)
Prof Stanislav Yurchenko
Bauman Moscow State Technical University (Russia)

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