Soft Matter Incubator

Georgia Tech's Soft Matter Incubator (SMI) pursues fundamental science and technology questions about polymer solutions, colloidal suspensions, liquid crystals, aerosols, granular matter, emulsions and foams, and other systems that have large response functions and often depend critically on entropy in the system. Of particular interest are "emergent" materials, which are collections of particles that develop properties and behavior that are absent without interactions and/or correlations between the particles. As a result, emergent properties are hard to anticipate when only the properties of individual building blocks are considered.