Soft Matter Canada

About Soft Matter Canada

Soft materials exhibit a response to external stresses that is in between liquid-like and solid-like. They are easily deformable, and are therefore strongly affected external stresses and by thermal fluctuations.

Soft matter, as a discipline, is interesting for three reasons. First, it enables the construction of model systems for studies of fundamental phenomena - such as freezing, melting, the glass transition and alloy formation - on length scales and timescales that are amenable to real space and time (microscopy) as well as reciprocal space techniques (xray, neutron and light scattering). Second, it involves the study of many everyday materials around us: gels, foams, clay, rubber, paint, yogurt. Finally, it enables the design of novel materials with applications in information technology, life sciences, energy and food.

The researchers or research groups listed here are working in Canada on the physics of soft matter. Contact the people listed here for summer undergraduate research (USRA), for MSc or PhD graduate work, for postdocs, or for seminars and collaborations! To add someone to the list, please email

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Pitcher plant graphic: Jantje van Houwelingen