Laboratoire Charles Coulomb UMR 5221 CNRS/UM2 (L2C)


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Thème : Jamming, plasticity and material failure


The constituents of jammed and glassy soft materials are so densely packed and/or so tightly bound that their microscopic dynamics are orders of magnitude slower than in dilute systems. Examples of such materials include, among others, concentrated colloidal suspensions or emulsions, polymer or particle gels, surfactant phases, foams. Our research focuses on the spontaneous (e.g. due to thermal energy) dynamics of these materials, as well as on their behavior in response to an external drive, e.g. a mechanical or thermal forcing.
We leverage on our expertise in the formulation of well-defined supramolecular systems with original properties, combined with home-designed devices allowing a thorough characterization of the structure and dynamics of the system and a fine control of the imposed drive.

Fractures propagating in a dense corn starch suspension. The suspension is confined between two parallel plates separated by a thin gap. The fracture is caused by the fast injection of solvent, at a point about 3 cm from the field of view. The field of view is about 1 cm2. The sample is illuminated using laser light : the temporal fluctuations of the resulting speckle patter carry information on the microscopic dynamics and the velocity field (see Photon Correlation Imaging in Glassy and Jammed Soft Matter). By Frederic Lechenault, Serge Mora and Luca Cipelletti.

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+ RheoSpeckle: a new tool to investigate local flow and microscopic dynamics of soft matter under shear doi link

Auteur(s): Ali N., Roux D. c. d., Cipelletti L.(Corresp.), Caton F.

(Article) Publié: Measurement Science And Technology, vol. 27 p.125902 (2016)

+ Rearrangement zone around a crack tip in a double self-assembled transient network doi link

Auteur(s): Foyart G., Ligoure C., Mora S., Ramos L.(Corresp.)

(Article) Publié: Acs Macro Letters, vol. 5 p.1080-1083 (2016)

+ Tuning the Structure and Rheology of Polystyrene Particles at the Air-Water Interface by Varying the pH doi link

Auteur(s): Truzzolillo D., Sharaf Hossameldeen, Jonas Ulrich, Loppinet Benoit, Vlassopoulos Dimitris

(Article) Publié: Langmuir, vol. 32 p.6956-6966 (2016)


Glassy and jammed soft matter

Glassy and jammed soft matter
People involved : L. Cipelletti, A. Philippe, V. Roger
Most soft materials that exhibit a predominantly solid-like mechanical behavior also exhibit complex slow (...)

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Material failure in soft matter

Material failure in soft matter
(i) Morphology and propagation of a crack in a transient network.
People involved : G. Foyart, L. Cipelletti, C. Ligoure, S. Mora, L. Ramos
A self-assembled (...)

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Morphogenesis and elastic instability of surfaces and interfaces

Morphogenesis and elastic instability of surfaces and interfaces
(i) Elastic surfaces instability : Biot instability revisited
People involved : M. Abkarian, S. Mora. Collaboration : Y. Pomeau (...)

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