Electrostatic Effects in Complex Fluids and Biophysics

Coordinators: William M. Gelbart, V. Adrian Parsegian, Philip A. Pincus

During the past decade a great deal of fundamental research has been directed once again towards the classic problem of charged colloidal particles in solution. Part of the impetus has come from the biophysical area, notably from higher resolution studies of charged proteins, lipid bilayers, and polynucleotides, part from recent developments in computer simulation and many-body theory, and part from new directions in the science of "soft" materials. The purpose of this workshop was to bring together a critical mass of researchers committed to establishing basic connections between these various statistical mechanical electrostatic problems and to working out the necessary ideas and techniques for solving them.