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Understanding and Harnessing Entropy in Colloids

Speaker: Vinothan Manoharan, Harvard University
Series: CBE Departmental Seminars
Location: Elgin Room (E-Quad A224)
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

I will discuss what we have learned about entropy from experiments on colloidal particles. We find that entropy has a complex relationship with order and symmetry, but one that can be understood within a simple framework — so long as we allow that entropy is a measure of the number of states that we as observers choose not to distinguish, rather than of those that are fundamentally indistinguishable. I will show how a better understanding of entropy allows us to design new materials and nanomachines.