SOFT MATTER is everywhere...

...and particularly @interfaces, where it readily tailors interfacial properties and mediates desired inter-surface interactions (i.e. surface forces and friction). Common soft matter systems include polymers, surfactants (or lipids), liquid crystals, colloids and nanofluids. Understanding their properties is of vital importance to industry and many biological processes, such as personal care products, tribologybiolubrication, functional materialsnanotoxicity, cell adhesion, bacterial membranes & antimicrobial action, and membrane fusion. Under confinement, soft matter exhits fascinating behaviours that are different from those in the bulk. Self-assembly and stimuli-responsiveness are other ingeneities that soft matter elegantly displays. Soft matter is also intricately related to nanoparticles and nanostructures, facilitating their synthesis and stabilisation, and also mediates interactions between nanostructed or nanotextured surfaces increasingly encountered in nanotechnology.






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