Research area Soft & Living Matter

Exploring responsive and bioinspired materials

Soft and Living Matter

This research area studies the physics of materials with self-assembling and -organising structures in both living and inert systems.


This research area involves contributions from the following groups:
– Physics of Living Matter
– Experimental Soft Matter Physics
– Physics of Advanced Materials
– Liquid Crystals and Nanomaterials
– Integrative Biophysics
– Physics of Active Matter
– Complex Systems and Statistical Mechanics
– Theoretical Chemical Physics.
Our curiosity-driven fundamental research focuses on the reasons why certain structures and particular behaviours arise in soft and living systems.
The combined theoretical and experimental work explores means to improve society and the environment through an understanding of adaptive, responsive, or otherwise active physical systems.

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