Topical Group on Soft Matter
Soft Matter is a highly interdisciplinary field involving scientists, mathematicians and engineers and is one of the fastest growing areas of research today. Soft matter unites a broad class of physical states ranging from colloids and micelles to biological and granular matter that are easily deformed by external stresses. These materials share a common feature in that predominant physical behaviors occur at energy scales comparable with thermal energy and quantum aspects that are typically unimportant. Self-assembly, non-equilibrium, driven/active matter, frustration, topology and folding are just a few of the many diverse topics addressed by soft matter researchers.
A recent Physics Today article by Randall Kamien outlines GSOFT and the wide scope of soft matter in more detail. Also, Sharon Glotzer wrote an editorial in Physical Review Letters on soft matter in February 2015 that sheds light on the history of soft matter.
News & Announcements
The GSOFT Nominating Committee solicits suggestions for candidates for three open elected positions: Vice Chair and 2 Members-at-Large positions. Email your suggestions to committee chair Jacinta Conrad (email@example.com) by April 30, 2015.
See Past-Chair Sharon Glotzer talk about GSOFT and Soft Matter at the recent APS March Meeting (2015) in San Antonio.
The GSOFT Fellowship Committee invites you to nominate candidates for APS Fellowship. The nomination deadline is Monday, 1 June 2015
2015 GSOFT Early Career Award for Soft Matter Research
Professor Todd M. Squires has been awarded the Inaugural GSOFT Early Career Award.
89th American Chemical Society Colloid and Surface Science Symposium
Abstracts are now being accepted for the 89th American Chemical Society Colloid and Surface Science Symposium. The Symposium will take place June 15-17, 2015, on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Please visit the Symposium website to view the technical program and submit your abstract. Abstract submission closes on April 6, 2015.