I'm a G1 in applied physics with a biopolymer past. I'm originally from Greece, although for the past 2 years I was living in Amsterdam, where I completed a masters in biophysics.
Fun facts on soft matter
For my final project I want to explore the fundamental interactions between charged polymer chains in confinement. This is a tricky subject partly because at the level of entangled polymer gels, fundamental polymer-polymer interactions do not come up in relevant literature. Past research has instead focused on the collective behavior of these polymer melts, i.e. orientational phase transitions, viscosity and relaxation scaling laws. This is reasonable, since in such dense and entangled systems fundamental interactions are maybe too complex and it is unclear how they relate to macroscopic gel behavior. So, as a first step, I decide to avoid the complexity of a confined polymer gel and instead focus on the interactions (attractive and repulsive) between two polyelectrolyte chains immersed in a good solvent. As a second step, I want to introduce a single wall ( a confining barrier) perpendicular to the chains and see how the confining potential influences the polymer-polymer interaction. Possibly, a third step would be to include a crowding agent, meant just to occupy space in the solvent, to tip over the repulsion between the polymers into attraction and watch aggregation take place. Below is a first draft: