The Soft and Complex Matter Lab is located at NTNU's Department of Physics and Faculty of Natural Science.
Soft matter is typically composed of nano-/meso-structures, which are easily deformable when exposed to weak external fields, such as flow fields (microfluidics), mechanical forces,
electric or magnetic fields, or by thermal agitations.
We study complex matter typically in the form of composite soft matter.
A main experimental model system for the laboratory is clay, which are nano-layered silicate patchy particles, which can form soft and complex structures through spontaneous self-assembly of its particles. Other materials that we use as model systems for soft and complex matter are various types of colloidal particles, cellulose, zeolites, surfactants, polymers. We are also particularly interested in natural and nature-inspired materials science, including geo-inspired materials. We try to reduce complexity to simplicity as much as possible without loosing the essence.