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Soft Matter and Biophysics

Soft materials are fascinating physical systems that can easily be deformed or structurally altered by thermal fluctuations or external forces resulting interesting physical phenomena. Their predominant physical behaviours can be altered at an energy scale comparable with room temperature thermal energy. Soft matters include liquids, colloids, polymers, foams, gels, granular materials, liquid crystals, and biological materials. Structurally, these systems are intermediate in size between atoms and crystal grains. 

Biophysics is an interdisciplinary science that study physical phenomena and physical processes in living beings, which include molecules, cells, tissues and organisms. As a bridge between biology and physics, a biophysicist is looking for the physical mechanisms in living things and understanding them with the principles of physics to gain more insights into the complexity of life.


Soft Matter and Biophysics

Soft Matter and Biophysics

Research highlights

Crowding-induced polymer trapping in a channel

Physical Review E, 104, 054502 (2021)
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Tube model for polymer knots with excluded volume interactions and its application

Macromolecules, 54, 9299 (2021)
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DNA Knot Malleability in Single-Digit Nanopores

Nano Letters
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Ferromagnetic liquid droplets with adjustable magnetic properties

PNAS
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Revisiting the Non-monotonic Dependence of Polymer Knotting Probability on the Bending Stiffness

Macromolecules
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Direct observation of nanoparticle-surfactant assembly and jamming at the water-oil interface

Science Advances, 6, 48, eabb8675 (2020)
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Soft Matter and Biophysics

Research faculty

Professor

Prof. YU Kwan Ngok Peter

余君岳教授
PhD University of Hong Kong
BSc University of Hong Kong
   3442-7812
   YEUNG-G6752
  
Prof. YU Kwan Ngok Peter
Theoretical and Computational Physics
Soft Matter and Biophysics
Applied Physics

Associate Professor

Dr. LAU Condon

劉康德博士
PhD MIT, USA
BSE Princeton University, USA
   3442-7882
   YEUNG-P6708
  
Dr. LAU Condon
Spectroscopy and Imaging
Soft Matter and Biophysics
Applied Physics

Assistant Professor

Dr. DAI Liang

代亮博士
PhD NUS, Singapore
BSc USTC, China
   3442-6025
   YEUNG-G6601
  
Dr. DAI Liang
Soft Matter and Biophysics
Theoretical and Computational Physics

Professor (Home: Department of Mathematics)

Prof. WYLIE Jonathan James

PhD University of Cambridge, UK
BSc Birmingham University, UK
   3442-7983
   YEUNG-Y6515
  
Prof. Jonathan Wylie
Soft Matter and Biophysics

Assistant Professor

Dr. CHAI Yu

柴愚博士
PhD University of Waterloo, Canada
BSc University of Waterloo, Canada
BSc BJTU, China
   3442-7844
   YEUNG-Y7608
  
Dr. CHAI Yu
Soft Matter and Biophysics
Spectroscopy and Imaging
Applied Physics

Assistant Professor

Dr. ZHANG Ge

張格博士
PhD Princeton University, USA
BSc USTC, China
   3442-4026
   YEUNG-P6704
  
Dr. ZHANG Ge
Theoretical and Computational Physics
Soft Matter and Biophysics