Soft Matter Since Pierre-Gilles de Gennes gave his famous Nobel lecture on Soft Matter, these “complex” and “flexible” physical systems have gained increasing interest over the past three decades. Here, at CityU, we aim to use state-of-the-art instruments to understand the unique behaviors of soft matter at the surface and interface and further develop new applications based on the newly found properties of soft matter.
Polymers Under Confinement
Soft matter behaves dramatically different from that in bulk. One of our lab's research interests is to understand how different boundary conditions alter the properties of polymers, such as the glass transition temperature of polymer thin films, mobility of polymers near the free surface, etc. These questions do not have significant scientific values but also of great interest to the industry. read more >>
Soft Matter Self-Assembly
Self-assembly of soft matter largely exists in nature, like a school of fish, proteins assembled in milk, the formation of bio-films. In our lab, we try to understand the fundamental science of the assembly behavior of soft matter at the interface by using state-of-the-art instruments. read more >>