• Graduate Student Kyle Sullivan (right) with Postdocs Mike Dimitriyev (middle) and Michael Wang (left)

    Graduate Student Kyle Sullivan (right) with Postdocs Mike Dimitriyev (middle) and Michael Wang (left)

  • Students and postdocs gathered at the Soft Matter and Biophysics Friday Pizza Lunch

    Students and postdocs gathered at the Soft Matter and Biophysics Friday Pizza Lunch

  • Wrinkling instabilities of a thin elastic sheet forced to curve around a spherical fluid meniscus

    Wrinkling instabilities of a thin elastic sheet forced to curve around a spherical fluid meniscus, from Hunter King’s thesis in Menon’s research group.

  • Graduate student Geunwoong Jeon speaking at the Weekly Soft matter and Biophysics Student Talks.

    Graduate student Geunwoong Jeon speaking at the Weekly Soft matter and Biophysics Student Talks.

  • Rob Keane

    Graduate student Rob Keane presenting data and a model about assembly at fluid interfaces at the American Physical Society DFD meeting 2022. (Dinsmore Research group and Mathai Research group)

  • a granular medium can store and recall complex memories of strains applied during slow compressions

    Computer simulations like this show that a granular medium can store and recall complex memories of strains applied during slow compressions. Candela research group

  • Rayleigh-Bernard convection patterns formed by rising and setting thermal plumes

    Rayleigh-Bernard convection patterns formed by rising and setting thermal plumes. Mathai research group

  • Illustration of vesicle destruction over time.

    When lipid bilayer vesicles are exposed to nanoparticles that bind strongly, the membrane envelopes the particles and then proceeds through a remarkable process of forming tubules and pores, followed by complete disruption. (The nanoparticles are too small to see here.) Tony Dinsmore's group studies this process to learn the the principles underlying cell deformation and to design new responsive materials.

  • competition between flow and surface alignment creates stripes

    When lyotropic liquid crystals flow into a cell with vertical alignment condition, the competition between flow and surface alignment creates stripes with a periodicity comparable to the cell gap. Zhou research group

  • Dante Naylor

    Undergraduate student Dante Naylor presenting about soft fluidic coupled oscillators at the American Physical Society DFD meeting 2022. (Mathai Research group)

Soft Matter and Biophysics Research Group

Soft matter physics and biophysics are relatively new and inherently interdisciplinary fields, connecting physics with biology, chemistry, engineering, and applied mathematics. Our experimental and theoretical research in Soft Matter and Biophysics spans a broad spectrum of cutting-edge topics that include fluids, colloids, sheets, filaments, polymers, bubbles, foams, granular materials, liquid crystals, active matter, bacteria, cellulose, as well as a number of other biological and bio-inspired materials.

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