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.
Please 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).
News & Announcements
See Past-Chair Sharon Glotzer talk about GSOFT and Soft Matter at the recent APS March Meeting (2015) in San Antonio.
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.