Soft Matter Theory and Simulation
Our group uses computer simulations, high-performance computing, and analytical concepts to study soft condensed matter. We develop our own software and have an emphasis on research software engineering.
Soft matter is an interdisciplinary field at the interface of physics, chemistry and biology. It covers a variety of physical, mostly liquid or gel-like states and systems, which are easily deformable by thermal stresses and fluctuations at room temperature. This is why we call these materials 'soft'.
Complex fluids such as liquid crystals, colloidal suspensions, glasses, amphiphilic mixtures, polymeric liquids, foams, gels, granular matter and a number of biologically relevant substances belong to this category.