Responsive Soft Matter --- Wouter G. Ellenbroek
Responsive Soft Matter
Many soft materials are extremely sensitive. Their properties depend crucially, sometimes critically, on small changes in circumstances, which makes them very responsive to both mechanical and chemical external factors.
Topics currently under investigation include
- Mechanics of network materials near rigidity transitions
- Bio-inspired smart materials
- Ion-mediated interactions in soft materials
- Assembly of isotropic (round) particles into non-compact clusters
Note: A more in-depth research interests page is under construction for the moment because my department is planning a website overhaul.
See publications page.
Our recent work on rigidity loss in different types of networks made the cover of Physical Review Letters. Spring networks corresponding to jammed packings are even more special than we already thought.
I currently have no more openings for Ph.D.- students or postdocs.
Current and Recent Collaborations
- Michael Thorpe at Arizona State University
- Martin van Hecke at Leiden University
- Andrea Liu at University of Pennsylvania
- Xiaoming Mao at University of Michigan
- Arjun Yodh, Dennis Discher, and Paul Janmey at University of Pennsylvania
- Joris Sprakel at Wageningen UR
- FOM programme "Marginal Soft Matter"
- The Institute for Complex Molecular Systems at TU/e, Eindhoven