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 2015 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.

GSOFT has close scientific links with a number of other APS subject units, including DPOLY (Polymer Physics), DBIO (Biological Physics), DFD (Fluid Dynamics), and GSNP (Statistical and Non-Linear Physics).

Chair: M. Cristina Marchetti (
Secretary/Treasurer: Peter Olmsted (

Membership Drive

GSOFT brochure cover imagePlease spread the news about GSOFT and encourage soft matter scientists, young and old, to become members. Our pdf brochure can be circulated easily and posted in your research laboratory. We are particularly eager to have new younger members (PhD students, post-docs, and even undergraduates).
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News & Announcements

APS Fellow Nominations
The deadline for APS Fellowship nominations for GSOFT members is Thursday, June 1, 2017.
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2016 GSOFT Election Results
Doug Durian will be the new GSOFT Vice Chair, while Greg Grason and Pedro Reis (have been elected as the new Members-at-Large. The following distinguished scientists were elected as APS GSOFT Fellows: Nicholas Abbott, Matteo Pasquali, Sriram Ramaswamy, Ivan Smalyukh and John Texter.

GSOFT Early Career Award
The deadline for the 2018 GSOFT Early Career Award is July 14, 2017.
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GSOFT Student Travel Grants
GSOFT awarded several travel grants of up to $500 per student as the first author of contributed oral presentations in sessions sponsored by GSOFT at the APS March Meeting. This will be a regular activity! This year’s award winners are: Arianna Bottinelli (Uppsala), Lisa Tran (Penn), Hojun Kim (UIUC), Andrew Hammond (U Oregon), and Menachem Stern (U Chicago)

See Past-Chair Sharon Glotzer talk about GSOFT and Soft Matter at the APS March Meeting 2015 in San Antonio.
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