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
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.