The 4th Playing Colloidal Mikado Workshop on the topic of rod-like LC in equilibrium and out-of equilibrium will be held at CNRS, Bordeaux, from 16-17 November 2016 under the auspices of DiStruc. The three previous workshops were held in Oxford (2009), Luxembourg (2010), and Eindhoven (2016).

The workshops aim to bring together active researchers interested in the area of colloidal rods to discuss current research, results, and problems of experimental, theoretical and computational aspects. 

We look forward to an exciting workshop and to seeing you in Bordeaux.

Invited Speakers include Zvonimir Dogic, Jacques Prost, Samuel Poincloux, Tanja Schilling, Thomas Gibaud. 

Photo credit: Justin Balog, flickr.com


Day 1
Wednesday 16 November 2016




Welcome and opening remarks
Eric Grelet, 
Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal, CNRS


Session 1
Chair: TBC


Anisotropic particles: capillarity, elasticity and radiation pressure
Jean-Christophe Loudet, Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal, CNRS

15:20-16:00 Coffee break


Session 2
Chair: Eric Grelet


Shape shifting self-assembly of colloidal rods – attraction and chirality
Thomas Gibaud, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon


Rafts in colloidal membranes
Zvonimir Dogic, Brandeis University


Hierarchical 2D to 1D self-assembly of hexagonally packed rod-like viruses
Baeckkyoung Sung, Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal, CNRS


Playing Colloidal Mikado dinner


Day 2
Thursday 17 November 2016


Session 3
Chair: TBC


A few examples of active systems in biology
Jacques Prost, Institut Curie

09:40-10:20 Physics of a knitted fabric
Samuel Poincloux, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
10:20-11:00 Coffee break


Session 4
Chair: Dirk Aarts


Light-driven motion of liquid marbles at the water-air interface
Thomas Bickel, Laboratoire Ondes et Matière d’Aquitaine


Stimuli responsive materials based on liquid crystals
Albert Schenning, Eindhoven University of Technology


How to simulate a cholesteric phase
Tanja Schilling, University of Luxembourg


Closing Remarks
Dirk AartsUniversity of Oxford





Here are the invited speakers of the 4th Playing Colloidal Mikado workshop:

  • Thomas Bickel, Laboratoire Ondes et Matière d'Aquitaine
  • Zvonimir Dogic, Brandeis University.
  • Thomas Gibaud, CNRS, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon.
  • Jean-Christophe Loudet, Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal
  • Samuel Poincloux, Laboratoire de Physique Statistique, Ecole Normale Supérieure.
  • Jacques Prost, CNRS, Institut Curie.
  • Albert Schenning, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Tanja Schilling, University of Luxembourg.
  • Baeckkyoung Sung, Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal

The 4th Playing Colloidal Mikado will take place at the Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal (CRPPin Bordeaux, France.

CRPP is situated in the campus of the University of Bordeaux, approximately 7 km from the historical city centre. You can access the campus using the Tram line B (direction Mérignac Centre). CRPP is a 5 minute walk from stop Doyen Brus.  (See the map below.) The travel time from the city centre should be around 25 minutes.  More information on the Tram and other public transport in Bordeaux can be found here.

CRPP, Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal
115 Avenue Schweitzer
33600 Pessac
Tel : +33 (0)

Registration for the 4th Playing Colloidal Mikado workshop is OPEN until Monday 7 November 2016.

To register please visit the Oxford University Online Store. Fees are paid by card only. If your card is issued in a country whose currency is Euros (or any other major currency) then when you get to the checkout, you will be offered the option of paying in GBP or your local currency, using the rate that is in force at the time. Unfortunately this will vary from day to day.


Registration Fees*


Playing Colloidal Mikado workshop

15€  (13£)

Includes attendance to the event, coffee breaks

Playing Colloidal Mikado workshop + lunch + dinner

60€  (39£)

Includes attendance to the event, coffee breaks, Mikado dinner on 16th November, lunch on 17th November.


* The DiStruc fellows and the invited speakers do not need to register.