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Soft Matter and Interfaces

Our research grouping investigates and develops a diverse range of soft structures with dimensions ranging from the nano- to microscale. We combine expertise across disciplines in chemistry and at key interfaces with physics and biology.

Modern synthetic methods are used to design and prepare molecules, materials, dispersions and surfaces with desired functional properties. Research on the fundamental physical chemistry of interfaces includes crystal nucleation, surface freezing, adsorption kinetics and ultrafast electron dynamics. Advanced computer simulation methods are used to model soft materials, and new theories developed to describe and predict both structure and material properties.
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Soft Matter and Interfaces

The Soft Matter and Interfaces Research Grouping adopts an integrated, multidisciplinary approach across soft matter and soft interface research from fundamental aspects to fully realised industrial and societal applications, and from development of computational methodology to experimental innovation.

Members of the Grouping are deeply involved in the training programme of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter for Formulation and Industrial Innovation (SOFI2 CDT), a partnership between the Universities of Durham, Edinburgh and Leeds.

The Grouping is also part of the wider community of soft matter researchers in Durham, which is brought together by the interdepatmental Durham Centre for Soft Matter.