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Jingle bells & Bijels: miniature universes

Speaker: Dr Mike Evans, Associate Professor, School of Mathematics, University of Leeds

Graphical image for a "bijel" (Bicontinuous Interfacially Jammed Emulsion geL).

Oil and water don't mix. ...or do they? Nanoparticles can sculpt the oil-water interface into a 3D labyrinth, to form a "bijel" (Bicontinuous Interfacially Jammed Emulsion geL). Bijels are recently discovered materials with potential applications ranging from energy storage to surgical implants. More excitingly (for a mathematical physicist) their internal structure can be modelled using ideas borrowed from the physics of the 4D curved space we call home. So, bijels can give insights into the workings of spacetime and vice versa, as Mike Evans will demonstrate, with the help of pictures and mince pies. [Image courtesy of Jason Klebes]

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Venue Information

The lecture will take place on Wednesday 14th December at 4:30pm and last around 45 mins. There will be mince pies from 4pm. The lecture will take place in the Bragg Lecture Theatre, within the new Sir William Henry Bragg building.

The Bragg lecture theatre can be found here:

There is limited space in the lecture theatre - so please book a place.