Soft Condensed Matter group

We study the physics of soft matter model systems and from these insights we fabricate new mesostructured materials.

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. Our research tools consist of confocal microscopy, scattering methods, colloid synthesis, computer simulations, and theory.

Alfons van Blaaderen about MCEC programme

Alfons van Blaaderen
Professor of Soft Condensed Matter

“Connecting multiple length scales is the next big challenge."