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SEAS Soft Matter Wiki

The students of APP225 and APP226 are creating a soft matter wiki:


Index to the SEAS Soft Matter Wiki (Just hit Go when the menu appears.)


Topic Keywords for Fall 2012 Wiki Entries

Topic 1: Brownian Motion

Topic 2: Surface Forces

Topic 3: Stability of thin films

Topic 4: Surfactants

Selected publications on soft matter and complex fluids - SEAS Faculty

Within applied physics in SEAS a number of faculty conduct fundamental research on soft matter and complex fluids. They study materials highly deformable by externally applied stresses, electric or magnetic fields, or thermal fluctuations, including polymers, liquid crystals, fluids and complex fluids, surfactants, colloids, foams, and emulsions; they study fluid interfaces and avalanches in granular materials and the non-equilibrium dynamics of disordered systems.

Over the past several years a large number of publications have evolved from this research. The following table contains links to a page for each faculty member and a list of publications on soft matter and/or complex fluids (including some publications by faculty outside SEAS) Over 800 papers!

One goal for courses in soft matter and complex fluids is to prepare students to contribute to this research.

Joanna Aizenberg

(1-8, JA9-44)

Michael Brenner

(9-34, MB35-51)

Philippe Cluzel

(35-42, PC43-47)

Jene Golovchenko

(43, JG44-56)

L. Mahadevan

(44-79, LM80-119)

Vinny Manoharan

(227-232,VM233-246)

Daniel Needleman

(80-87, DN88-97)

David Nelson

(88-94)

Peter Pershan

(95-116, PP117-119)

Shriram Ramanathan

(269-270)

Frans Spaepen

(117-129, FS130-136)

Zhigang Suo

(ZS1-ZS56)

David Weitz

(130-184, DW185-307)

Outside SEAS George Whitesides, Physics

(185-208, GW209-241)

Eric Dufresne, Yale

(ED1-42)

Seth Fraden, Brandeis

(271-291, SF292-296)

Corey O'Hern, Yale

(OH1-50)

Chinedum Osuji, Yale

(CO1-39)

Howard Stone, Princeton

(233-269, HS270-321)

And others

(209-226, 292-312)

Relevant faculty publications were numbered and the numbers grouped to correspond (roughly!) to the course syllabi.



Applied Physics 225 : Introduction to Soft Matter.

Ian D. Morrison

Introduction to soft condensed matter, or “complex fluids,” including polymers, surfactants, emulsions, foams, and biological structures. Emphasis is on physical principles that govern bulk behavior. Students will understand the concepts, experimental techniques, and open questions. Prerequisite: Knowledge of thermodynamics and basic statistical mechanics and some familiarity with phase diagrams and differential equations.

Lectures for AP225

Schedule Topic
Week 1 General Introduction
Week 2 Surface Forces
Weeks 3-4 Capillarity and wetting
Weeks 5-6 Polymers and polymer solutions
Week 7 Surfactants
Week 8 Phases and Phase Diagrams
Week 9 Charged interfaces
Week 10 Thin "soft" films and colloidal stability
Week 11 Viscosity, elasticity, and viscoelasticity
Week 12 Emulsions and foams
Week 13 Soft matter - Course review

Final Project for AP225 Fall 2011

The keywords created by the class during the semester as they wrote summaries of published papers were are listed here:

All keywords for AP225 Fall 2011

Those keywords were parsed for the most important concepts, duplicates removed, and are listed here:

Keywords to be used for the final project

A page has already been created for all. On those pages are links to the papers the class reviewed this semester and to lecture slides.

A more complete listing of topics from the lectures are in this index:

Keywords for lectures - alphabetical order

Applied Physics 226 : Introduction to Soft Matter - Capillarity and Wetting

Ian D. Morrison

This introductory course considers phenomena strongly influenced by surface tensions, high curvatures, thin films, diffusion, adsorption, or wetting, which are variously mobile, dynamic, polymeric, transient, or fragile. Emphasis is on the physics, thermodynamics, rheological and scaling laws that govern bulk behavior.


  • Textbook for AP226 is:
    • Capillarity and wetting phenomena by P.-G. de Gennes, F. Brochard-Wyatt and D. Quéré.
  • Class notes are saved as pdf files on the iSites page for APPHY 226.
  • A take-home final is given.



Miscellany from the 2008-2009 classes

Most popular pages in the wiki.

Vocabulary page for APPHY 225 Fall 2009

Foundational publications by B.V. Derjaguin