University of Michigan - Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute


Vm 508: Introduction to Soft Matter Physics

General information

Course description: Soft matter includes almost all matter that is either soft or liquid in nature, or has structure on nanometer length scales. Examples range from water to jelly to cement. Soft matter is a highly interdisciplinary field, and much of our research is conducted in collaboration with chemists, biologists, or engineers. This course introduces the basic knowledge, some well-known research methods and technologies in soft matter physics. It attempts to give an overview of the various aspects of the physics of soft condensed matter – including droplets, colloids, supramolecules, and liquid crystals, etc. It is expected that this course will be helpful to students of applied science and engineering using soft matter in their design, fabrication, modeling or simulation.
Credit hours: 3 credits
Pre-requisites: None
Course Category: Master Degree Course, Ph.D Course
Terms offered: Spring