New Soft Materials
Our vision is to establish scientific design principles for the creation of a new generation of soft materials demanded by 21st century technologies. These materials will combine various soft-matter components in novel and carefully controlled combinations, surpassing existing formulations in performance, robustness, and functionality. Many of them will also incorporate biologically active, or indeed living, components.
Our primary objective is to establish scientific design principles that will allow the creation of a new generation of soft materials for the 21st century. The Programme is structured around three design themes (T1-T3) and four classes of soft material (M1-M4) as described below.
Delivery impact through knowledge exchange with a range of industries that rely on soft materials is another key goal. To this end we have set up a dedicated organisation to coordinate such activities - the Edinburgh Complex Fluids Partnership (ECFP). Click here for a summary of ECFP's range of activities since it was established in 2012: ECDF Report
- T1. Controlling the rheology of multicomponent soft matter
- T2. Incorporating live biological components into soft materials
- T3. Creating new materials by active self assembly
- M1. Multiphase soft composites for energy applications
- M2. Designing particle-stabilised emulsions
- M3. Colloid/polymer composites
- M4. Controlling the behaviour of colloidal protein aggregates
- Edinburgh Complex Fluids Partnership