Theme overview

Soft matter engineering research is centred on designing and engineering soft nanomaterials to meet current and emerging societal needs, from healthcare to energy.

Soft matter refers to organic materials that have complex structural and dynamic properties between those of crystals and fluids and that are deformed or structurally altered by thermal or mechanical stresses.

Soft matter engineering research is centred on designing and engineering soft and nanomaterials to meet current and emerging societal needs, from healthcare to energy.

We precisely synthesise, formulate, assemble, process and analyse materials from the molecular to continuum-scales to derive new insights into the thermodynamics and non-equilibrium processes that underpin the behaviour of complex systems.

The applications of our work are extensive, ranging from industrial formulations and coatings to energy harvesting, pharmaceutics, and molecular separations.

Scientific Scope

We combine multiple approaches to precisely assemble and resolve the structure and dynamics of soft matter, from atomic to macroscopic scales, in particular under external fields.

We employ extensively scattering of light, X-rays and neutrons, microscopy, spectroscopy and imaging, as well as thermodynamic and rheological approaches, but also develop our own measurement tools, based on advanced spectroscopy, micro and acousto-fluidics, rheology and interfacial science, often resorting to combinatorial and high-throughput mapping of large parameter spaces.

Theory and simulation across length and timescales provides us with inspiration and guidance for soft matter engineering.