Soft condensed matter is an exciting interdisciplinary field on the border between chemistry, physics, applied mathematics and biology. It is characterised by the weak interactions between polyatomic constituents, by important thermal fluctuation effects, by mechanical softness and by a rich range of behaviours*. Examples of soft condensed matter systems include colloidal suspensions, polymer solutions, surfactants, etc., which play a pivotal role in many industrial and technological processes. In Oxford we are at the forefront in both experimental and theoretical developments of soft condensed matter - our combined efforts led to the Oxford Centre for Soft and Biological Matter (clickable).

We have ongoing collaborations with various companies and are always interested in discussing possible projects.

* This definition is taken from the introduction to "Phase Transitions in Soft Condensed Matter" edited by Tormod Riste and David Sherrington, Plenum Press, 1989 (New York). This may have been the first time the word "soft condensed matter" was used in an official capacity.