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ISC Sapienza Soft Matter

Soft Matter

Soft matter systems like colloids,  liquid crystals, complex molecules in solution, etc.


Soft matter

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The term “soft matter” refers to a very large class of materials, whose common characteristic is that they are composed of mesoscopic particles, i.e. particles with typical sizes ranging from 1 nm to a few microns. These particles are normally dispersed in a solvent, whose molecules are much smaller in size (typically of atomic dimensions). In addition, the solution may contain other small objects, such as polymeric chains, salt ions, etc. Altogether, this family of systems is also called “complex fluids” or “colloidal suspensions”.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 March 2011 10:46