The research program of the Soft Matter team encompasses a broad variety of systems such as liquid crystals, surfactants, polymers, colloids and biomimetic systems. We aim at relating macroscopic properties to microscopic structure. Our research themes are: (i) Physics of biological and biomimetic systems, (ii) Complex interfaces, (iii) Jamming, plasticity and material failure, (iv) Soft matter for agronomy and environment, and (v) Soft Composites.
In each area of research we design model systems from commercial or newly synthesized molecules for better understanding of the phenomena. Various experimental techniques are used in order to get informations on braod length and time scales. Light, X-rays and neutron scattering; optical microscopy, rheology, microfluidics and micromanipulations.
The Soft Condensed Matter Team is currently composed of about 30 scientists (including 13 research fellows and faculty members), see this link. To know more about our reserch activities, please refer to our peer-reviewed articles by clicking here.
Physics of biological and biomimetic systems Complex interfaces Jamming, plasticity and material failure Soft matter for agronomy and environment Soft Composites
Our latest articles: link. We are currently organizing a Softcomp topical workshop titled "Fracture of soft materials: from soft solids to complex fluids", 15-18 October 2014, website. The workshop aims at gathering experimentalists and theoreticians from various fields – soft condensed matter physics, rheology and mechanics, and material science – to explore new frontiers in soft fracture mechanics and to stimulate the coming-of-age of this growing field. It will be a place to discuss a variety of (...)
We always encourage applications from highly motivated, intelligent and hard-working students and postdoctoral fellows. Note that poorly written, obscure, and mass-mailed applications will not be considered. Please also check the personal pages of the team and the PhD Opportunities (depends on period of the year) of our lab. For your information:
The soft matter team is specialized in experimental studies of soft matter systems. We develop and study our systems using a variety of instruments which are well suited for the characterization of the structure and dynamics, covering many time and length scales. Optical microscopy& tweezers and image analysis Static and dynamic light scattering Multispeckle static and dynamic light scattering Confocal microscope - PERKIN-ELMER Rheology Rheology platform Strain-controlled Rheometer (...)
Le Laboratoire Matière et Systèmes Complexes (Paris). Le Laboratoire de physique des solides (Orsay). Le Centre de recherche Paul Pascal (Bordeaux). Le Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Condensée et Nanostructures. Le Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (CEA Saclay). Le Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire sur l’Organisation Nanométrique et Supramoléculaire (CEA Saclay) Soft matter world. Le réseau d’excellence Softcomp. (...)