Soft condensed matter systems are materials which deform easily under the influence of external fields such as electric fields, shear or gravity. They contain structures with length scales that are much larger than atomic or molecular dimensions, and display dynamics that are much slower. Nevertheless, their structure and dynamics are still governed by thermal fluctuations. We study the physics of soft matter model systems and, using these insights, fabricate new mesostructured materials from them. Our research tools consist of confocal microscopy, scattering methods, colloid synthesis, computer simulations, and theory.
The Soft Condensed Matter and Biophysics group is part of the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science.

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NWO Veni
28 July 2017
The NWO Veni grant provides highly promising young scientists with the opportunity to further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years
Photonic crystal chip
24 February 2017
A new way to compensate variations in nanophotonic circuits may lead to energy savings in datacenters and computer equipment.
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3 February 2017
NWO grants for René van Roij, Laura Filion, and Marjolein Dijkstra

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