Soft matter

Links materials and life


Soft matter, which is an aggregate of large, complex molecules, is used in a wide range of products from detergents and cosmetics to liquid crystal displays. Lipids and proteins that constitute living tissue are also soft matter. Neutrons and synchrotron X-rays are used to investigate not only the relation between the complex structure and functionality of soft matter, but also the relation between materials and life through biomimetic systems, for example, oil droplets that move around like amoebae.

wriggling oil drop:Coutesy by Prof. Yutaka Sumino, Aich University of Education