Materials you can trust with your life
We study the fundamental processes that organize the assembly, the structure and the mechanical properties of biological and other soft materials. Fundamental and applied research reinforce each other: We figure out how these materials work, and use these insights to develop bio-inspired design strategies to improve and disrupt the development of man-made materials.
5 PIs within TPS address this challenge from complementary angles and backgrounds. Together, we cover the full spectrum of length and time scales, from atom to organism. We develop and use a broad range of analytic and numerical tools: statistical mechanical calculations both in and out of equilibrium, and simulations using e.g. Molecular Dynamics, Monte Carlo, Lattice Boltzmann, and energy landscape techniques.
Theory of Polymers and Soft Matter comprises 5 subgroups.
Self Assembly in Soft- and Biomatter
Multiscale Simulation of Polymer Dynamics
Nonequilibrium Soft Matter
Responsive Soft Matter
Meet some of our Researchers
Paul van der Schoot
Our most recent peer reviewed publications
Directing liquid crystalline self-organization of Rodlike particles through tunable attractive single yipsPhysical Review Letters (2019)
Harnessing entropy to enhance toughness in reversibly crosslinked polymer networksSoft Matter (2019)
Connectivity, not density, dictates percolation in nematic liquid crystals of slender nanoparticlesPhysical Review Letters (2019)
Self-stresses control stiffness and stability in overconstrained disordered networksPhysical Review E (2019)
Mimicking active biopolymer networks with a synthetic hydrogelJournal of the American Chemical Society (2019)