Division of Soft Matter

Our mission is to advance knowledge and build community among the interdisciplinary group of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers working on soft matter physics. Soft matter is one of the fastest growing areas of physics research, uniting a broad class of physical states ranging from colloids and micelles to biological and granular matter that are easily deformed by external stresses. The common feature of these materials is that the predominant physical behaviors occur at energy scales comparable with thermal energy. Self-assembly, non-equilibrium, driven/active matter, frustration, topology and folding are just a few of the many diverse topics addressed by soft matter researchers. DSOFT seeks to bring together researchers in academia, industry, and national labs from around the world to discuss and collaborate on fundamental and applied soft matter science. A central focus of this Division is to foster the creativity and growth of students and early career researchers working on soft matter systems.

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