SCM 25th Anniversary Symposium

The SCM 25th Anniversary Symposium takes place on 28-29-30 August 2024. We celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Soft Condensed Matter research Group, 60th birthday of Alfons van Blaaderen and his 25 years of professorship.

To 25th SCM Symposium

Our mission

The Soft Condensed Matter group focuses on the development and characterization of new model colloids and the quantitative 3D real-space analysis and manipulation of their self-assembly. Motivation comes both from the use of these systems as condensed matter model systems, and from their use as advanced materials in applications like photonic crystals and electronic-ink.

In addition, we perform computer simulations and theory on soft condensed matter systems and try to bring these together with the experiments in a strongly synergistic approach.

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Phone: +31 30 253 2952 (secretary)

Princetonplein 1
3584 CC Utrecht
The Netherlands


The Molecular Biophysics group is fascinated by how biological macromolecules (DNA, RNA, and proteins) adopt their three-dimensional shapes, make specific interactions, can deform under external forces and torques, and undergo conformational transitions to carry out the biological functions they have evolved to do. We use a range of biophysical tools, in particular single-molecule magnetic tweezers and solution X-ray scattering, to provide insights into the structure and mechanisms of these biological machines.

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