Welcome to the Oxford Soft and Biological Matter page. Our groups collaborate closely, sharing students and postdocs across departmental boundaries.
Soft condensed matter is characterised by the weak interactions between polyatomic constituents, by important thermal fluctuation effects, by mechanical softness and by a rich range of behaviours.*
Biology is soft matter come alive.
These fields are intrinsically interdisciplinary, and our work spans the border between theoretical physics and chemistry, applied mathematics and biology. We collaborate, for example, with the biological physics group in the Clarendon laboratory.
* This definition is taken from the introduction to ‘Phase Transitions in Soft Condensed Matter’, edited by Tormod Riste and David Sherrington, Plenum Press, 1989 (New York). This may have been the first time the term ‘soft condensed matter’ was used in an official capacity.