Yale has a dynamic and growing community of scientists and engineers
working in the field of soft matter. Faculty researching soft
matter have appointments in Mechanical
investigate a wide range of fundamental and applied problems ranging
from basic questions in statistical mechanics to pressing issues in
environmental engineering. We collaborate extensively across
departments through ongoing research, seminars, regular "metagroup"
meetings, and a growing number of shared facilities.
Theory and numerical simulations for microstructural evolution and
macroscopic transport phenomena in complex fluids such as colloidal
suspensions, emulsions, foams, and polymeric solutions.
Physics and engineering of soft materials, including colloidal and
Physical and chemical processes in environmental engineering; transport
of microbial pathogens in subsurface environments; interaction of
biocolloids with surfaces; dynamics of colloidal processes in aquatic
systems; membrane separations in aquatic systems.
of complex fluids: Emulsion and foam flows, interfacial flows and
effects, drop breakup and coalescence, blood flow and transport in the
microcirculation. Director of Undergraduate Studies in Chemical
Simon G. J. Mochrie
Experimental studies of the phase behavior and phase transitions of
soft matter, surfaces and biomaterials, using high-resolution x-ray
Polymer Physics, Biomimetic Systems and Soft Materials
Corey S. O'Hern
Statistical mechanics of nonequilibrium systems such as glasses and
granular materials; elasticity theories for soft materials, e.g. liquid
crystals and biological materials.
Studies of interacting surfaces as probed using direct force
measurements; lipid membranes and their interactions with membrane
active agents (e.g., surfactants and antimicrobial peptides).
Interfacial behavior of biomacromolecules, biomaterial interactions
with proteins and cells, materials containing biomolecular/biomimetic
structure, bioseparations, biosensing, adsorption in templated porous
materials, templated molecular recognition, optical waveguide lightmode
spectroscopy, molecular computer simulation, statistical mechanics.
John S. Wettlaufer
Theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics and its
applications to geophysical problems.
Eric R. Dufresne, Dept. of
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