“Supercool” Symposium: Adventures in Liquids and Glasses

The UW-Madison Department of Chemistry is delighted to host the ‘Supercool’ Symposium: Adventures in Liquids and Glasses in honor of Mark Ediger. Registration for this event is free, please click on the registration to let us know that you can join us in Madison on March 1st and 2nd, 2023. 

(Thursday, February 29, 2024:  If you happen to already be in Madison on Thursday, please consider joining Mark for an informal meal at Smitty’s Study Pub, from 6-8 pm. Smitty’s is located on the 8th floor of the Fluno Center (601 University Ave). Let Mark know if you plan to attend.  Otherwise, you can just show up!)

“Mark Ediger gives the gift of stable glass to humanity”
(This is meant to be humorous.)

All symposium events will take place in our new North Tower chemistry education building.  We encourage you to share your photos and a video messages with Mark and others at the symposium, using the link below.  For video messages, a short (30 to 60 seconds long) video that tells of a favorite memory or a funny incident would be great.  We will display the photos and videos during the symposium. Please reserve your hotel room now – detailed information is provided in the Accommodations tab. 

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Thank you for attending.

All events take place in the Chemistry Building, located at the corner of University Avenue and North Mills Street. See map at https://map.wisc.edu. 


Lunch will be provided on Saturday, March 2nd. The reception taking place after the symposium will include a selection of hors d’oeuvres and bar.

The poster session is scheduled for Saturday, March 2nd from 12:00-2:00 p.m. in the North Tower Atrium.













Juan de Pablo

Talk Title: “Prediction and design of polymer properties at equilibrium and far from equilibrium”

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Kushal Bagchi

Talk Title: “Directed self-assembly of soft photonic crystals”

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Tim Lodge

Talk Title: “Dynamics of polymer mixtures: a linear combination of mumbo and jumbo?”

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Peter Harrowell

Talk Title: “The Kinetics of Entropy Loss and the Slow Growth of Molecular Crystals”

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Ludovic Berthier

Talk Title: “Thirty milliseconds in the life of a supercooled liquid”

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Zahra Fakhraai

Talk Title: “Controlling time with glass interfaces”

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Ranko Richert

Talk Title: “Physical Aging of Liquids and Glasses”

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Connie Roth

Talk Title: “Acoustic Wave Transmission and Local Property Gradients”

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Marcus Cicerone

Talk Title: “Bumps, jumps and wiggles – what can we learn in a picosecond?”

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Rodney Priestley

Talk Title: “Another look at the role of molecular weight on the glass transition”

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Keewok Paeng

Talk Title: Single-molecule studies on the dynamics of glass-forming materials”

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Grisha Medvedev

Talk Title: “On usefulness of transient experiments”

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Osamu Urakawa

Talk Title:  “Dynamics of Isolated Small Molecules Confined in Clathrate Structure”

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Ken Kearns

Talk Title: “Adventures in material processing – from OLEDs to semi-crystalline polyethylene”

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Ken Schweizer

Talk Title: “Activated Glassy Relaxation in Simple and Complex Liquids: Thermodynamics, Structure, Elasticity, or All of the Above?”

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Camille Bishop

Talk Title: “Anisotropic Molecular Fossils: New ex situ measurements yield in situ insights”

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Lian Yu

Talk Title: “ Effect of liquid/vapor interface on diffusion and crystallization”

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We have reserved a room block at the Best Western Premier Park hotel, in downtown Madison. The Best Western provides a free shuttle service from the Dane County Regional Airport to the hotel.

To reserve a room, please follow this link: Reserve a room

To find out more information about the hotel, please view this site: Best Western Premier Park Hotel


Room Rates: $169.00 for traditional rooms with one or two beds $179.00 for deluxe rooms with one or two beds, and $259.00 for king suites. Room rates are currently subject to 5.5% State tax and 10% City tax if applicable.

Reservation and Payment: Reservations within your block will be made by the individual. Each guest will be responsible for payment of the room, taxes, and incidental charges. Reservations must be guaranteed for late arrival with a credit card.

Please see the list of hotels below that are within walking distance of the chemistry department. You can find others on Concur as well.

The Wisconsin Union Hotel (Union South) and Fluno Center are on-campus hotels that may have rooms at the state rate. (Union South is across the street from the Chemistry department and the Fluno Center is a 10-minute walk. $18.00 parking at Union South and $15.00 parking at the Fluno Center. No shuttle service for either).

Best Western Inntowner  (free parking and shuttle service, 25-minute walk)

Hilton Garden Inn (11-minute walk, $20 parking, no shuttle service)

Hampton Inn and Suites (15-minute walk, $20 parking, no shuttle service)

Edgewater Hotel is a more upscale hotel with some state-rate rooms available.  (25-minute walk, $24 self-parking, free shuttle service)

Registration for this event is free. Please follow the registration link to RSVP by February 14th, 2024.

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All donations are optional and will be put towards the cost of the symposium facility use and catering. We appreciate your generosity!

If you will need to park a car, we encourage you to reserve a spot by clicking on the link below. Parking is $15.00 per day. The closest space is lot 80, the Union South Parking ramp. Lot 7 (Granger Hall) is also nearby. You may also try parking on the same day without reserving, but spots in these lots are not guaranteed. The link provides real-time updates of available parking. The Chemistry building is at the corner of Mills and University avenues.

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Looking for things to do while in Madison? Here are some great resources:

Please contact ieliasen@wisc.edu with questions and concerns.

We are grateful to our sponsors for helping make this event possible, including: