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Dr Jeroen Van Duijneveldt

Soft condensed matter

Soft condensed matter

The term soft condensed matter refers to a range of systems that fall between simple liquids and solids, for instance colloidal suspensions, emulsions, liquid crystals, and polymers. This includes many systems of practical or biological importance, such as inks, paints, shampoos, foodstuffs, milk and blood. Real systems tend to be complex, consisting of many components that are often difficult to characterise in detail. Well-defined model systems are therefore studied instead. A central theme is the use of polymers to control particle interactions, structure and phase behaviour in colloidal suspensions.

Research keywords

  • soft condensed matter
  • colloids
  • clay
  • polymers
  • surfactants
  • liquid crystals