This course provides you with the basic concepts and research methods in soft matter physical chemistry. Topics covered include: structural, thermodynamic and dynamical properties of amphiphilic molecules, macromolecules, gels, colloids, and liquid crystals. One overall goal of the сourse is to probe and understand the relationship between nano-scale matter and macro-scale properties. The materials under study include both natural, synthetic and biological materials, while the research interests are very broad ranging from fundamental physics to technological applications. Selected research topics in the frontiers of soft matter research, such as active matter and living matter, will be discussed in the form of group seminars. Principles of some of the major experimental techniques used in soft matter research will also be discussed at practicum.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
Soft Matter: Fundamental and Applied Aspects