About Soft Matter Physics
"Soft matter" is a convenient term for materials that are easily deformed by thermal fluctuations and external forces. In short, it refers to ‘all things squishy’! Everyday examples include paint, blood, milk, spreads and ice cream. Soft materials share several characteristic features, e.g. that their building blocks are intermediate in size between atoms and grains, and this is crucial to understanding their behaviour. In the Edinburgh Soft Matter Physics group, we use experiments, computer simulations, and theoretical calculations to understand colloidal and granular model systems for phenomena ranging from jamming to bacterial colonies and to rationally design novel soft materials for use in applications ranging from foods to energy materials.
Available PhD projects
A list of current PhD projects in Soft Matter Physics is shown below. Click on each project to find out more about the project, its supervisor(s) and its research area(s).
- Bringing Order to a ‘Zoo’ of Colloidal Gels
- Combining neutron reflectivity experiments with coarse-grained molecular dynamic simulations: a synergistic approach to determining the structure and dynamics of bacterial membranes
- Controlling the production of bijels by direct mixing.
- Electrostatics in Soft Matter
- How do Dense Suspensions Flow?
- Proteins as interfacial stabilisers - improving low-fat foods and increasing satiety
- Soft materials for the Li-air battery electrode
- The physics of active colloids
- The role of electric fields in soft matter
- Theory and Simulation of Microbial Swimmers and Subcellular Liquid Crystals
- Understanding sprouting droplets
- Using spin echo reflection grazing incidence scattering and spectroscopy (SERGIS/GINSES) to probe the mechanical properties of interfacial thin films