Center of Soft Matter Physics and its Applications
Soft matter, which includes polymers, colloids, surfactants and liquid crystals, is a material which is indispensable in our everyday life and in modern technology. It is becoming the key material in the current and future technology. Displays and IC chips are not made without usage of soft matter (liquid crystals, and photo-reactive polymers). Further technologies, solar cells, batteries, printed electronics, tissue engineering require the usage of soft matter.

Led by Prof. Masao Doi, the Center of Soft Matter Physics and its Applications is part of Beihang University, and it is an interdisciplinary scientific platform which aims at exploring fundamental problems and the physical frontier on soft matter. We currently have five full-time faculties who supervise a dynamic and highly collaborative research program in soft matter physics. We emphasize the real problems and key issues taking from the real world, both in industries and in the conventional and future technologies. We also emphasize feedback of our research to practices. Our directions include fundamental theory, modeling and simulation, and experiments on soft matter. We want to demonstrate that fundamental understanding on soft matter physics is the key to technology innovation.

Currently our center is studying the following problems.
1. Structural formation of soft matter in phase separation and gelation, especially the effect of solvent evaporation, solvent flow.
2. Self assembling dynamics of soft matter, structure formation of block polymers, orientational ordering of wormlike chains and crystallization of colloidal particles.
3. Dynamics of soft matter at interfaces, wetting and de-wetting, contact line dynamics.
4. Elastic soft matter: gels, soft solids, solid-liquid composites.
5. Ionic soft matter: gel diode, ion transport through membranes.

We are tackling these problems by theory and simulation. We are also aiming at developing a new simulation scheme, and a scheme connecting different length scales.

Please send inquiries to CSMPA’s email address: csmpa@buaa.edu.cn