Course - Soft Condensed Matter - FY8203
FY8203 - Soft Condensed Matter
The course is given every other year, next time spring 2022.
The physics of soft matter involves matter that is easily deformable by external fields such as applied stresses or mechanical confinement, by electric or magnetic fields, or simply by thermal fluctuations,
The "level of description" for soft and complex materials (in this context, "material" is a sub-area of the more general term "matter") typically starts at the nano scale, i.e. at scales much larger than atomic or molecular scales, and the structure and dynamics at the nano scale determine macroscopic physical properties at the human or geological scale.
Soft matter science also includes so-called active matter, which involves cooperative flocking or swarming of "active particles", that can be entities (individuals) "living" at the nano-scale (e.g. virus), at the micro-scale (e.g. bacteria), or at the macro-scale (e.g. birds or fish). One overall goal of research into the growing field of soft matter science is thus to probe and understand the relationship between individual scale and cooperative scale physics.
Materials under study include both natural, synthetic and biological materials, and the broad range of research interests range from fundamental physics to technological applications, from basic materials questions to problems related to energy technology cosmetics, household products, agriculture, food, design of nano-structured materials or surfaces, biological systems and materials, etc.
Themes of focus in the course are decided before semester-start and depends on for example the scientific areas of interest for participating students, and which international experts are available for guest lectures one given semester.
The following general and popularized literature may be recommended as background:
The student is expected to obtain a theoretical understanding of the physics of soft and complex condensed matter, from nanoparticles and interactions on the nanoscale to soft materials dynamics and stability on the macro scale. Further, obtain a theoretical and partly practical insight into parts of some experimental techniques that are relevant for studies of soft material physics, such as microscopy, scattering techniques (light, X-ray. neutron), rheometry, microfluidics, nanofluidics and special purpose table-top" experiments. Numerical examples are part of the course.
Learning methods and activities
Guided self study, lectures given by the course professors and by invited international experts, colloquia given by students, groupwork that can be laboratory based, written home exam.
In certain semesters a remote PhD School such as the Geilo PhD Schools will be part of the lectures.
Further on evaluation
The final grade is based on a final home exam, written exam, passed or not passed. In order to take the exam an obligatory written report must be handed in and approved.
Recommended previous knowledge
Previous courses covering some of the following topics. The lectures will be adjusted in order to take any missing basic knowledge into account. General basic physics: Classical physics, mechanics including fluid mechanics, electromagnetism, statistical physics, soft condensed matter physics. Basic biological physics/chemistry. Basic materials science, general basic chemistry including colloidal chemistry or inorganic chemistry.
The course material will be decided before semester start, and will in addition to recently published scientific papers, be collected mainly from:
Essentials of Soft Matter Science, Francoise Brochard-Wyart, Pierre Nassoy, Pierre-Henri Puech, CRC Press, 2019
Biomedical Fluid Dynamics: Flow and Form, Troy Shinbrot, Oxford University Press 2019
Capillarity and wetting phenomena : drops, bubbles, pearls, waves., David Quéré, Pierre-Gilles de Gennes; Françoise Brochard-Wyart; New York, NY: Springer 2010
Introduction to Microfluidics, Patrick Tabeling, Oxford University Press, 2010
Condensed Matter Physics, Crystals, Liquids, Liquid Crystals, and Polymers, Gert R. Strobl, Springer 2004
Supported by literature such as:
Soft Matter Physics, Masao Doi, Oxford University Press 2014
Nanofluidics and Microfluidics, Shaurya Prakash and Junghoon Yeom, William Andrew, 2014
Fundamentals of Soft Matter Science, Linda S. Hirst, CRC Press 2012
Structured Fluids: Polymers, Colloids, Surfactants, Thomas A. Witten, Oxford University Press, 2004
Credits: 7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level
Term no.: 1
Teaching semester: SPRING 2023
Language of instruction: English, Norwegian
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Energy- and Environmental Physics
- Polymer Physics
- Materials Science and Solid State Physics
- Petroleum Engineering
- Applied Mechanics - Fluid Mechanics
- Solid State Physics
- Chemistry and processing
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