In the Responsive Soft Matter group, we study the formation and properties of soft materials, using various numerical and analytical tools. In many cases formation and properties cannot be seen independently from each other, as many soft materials have a dynamic structure that keeps evolving even long after the material was made.
Reversibly Linked Materials
Our current focus is on polymeric materials with reversible crosslinks.
Built-in stresses in Network Matter
From guitar strings and spider webs to edible gels, many materials owe a large part of their mechanical rigidity to the forces and stresses...
New analysis techniques for Soft Matter experiments
One of my hobbies is to work with experimentalists on new techniques to analyze the wealth of experimental data that modern equipment...
Designing unusual crystal formers
Many particles form regular structures, but some structures are harder to obtain than others.
Electrostatic interactions in Soft Matter
Soft Materials often live in watery environments where pH and salt concentration are crucial to their behavior.
Packings of soft frictionless spheres are a widely used model for emulsions and even granulates.
Meet some of our Researchers
Our most recent peer reviewed publications
Associative bond swaps in molecular dynamicsSciPost Physics (2022)
Stress relaxation in tunable gelsSoft Matter (2021)
Generalized mode-coupling theory for mixtures of Brownian particlesPhysical Review E (2021)
Multi-component generalized mode-coupling theoryEuropean Physical Journal E (2021)
How accurately do mechanophores report on bond scission in soft polymer materials?Journal of Polymer Science (2021)