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 2015 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.

GSOFT has close scientific links with a number of other APS subject units, including DPOLY (Polymer Physics), DBIO (Biological Physics), DFD (Fluid Dynamics), and GSNP (Statistical and Non-Linear Physics).

Chair: Nick Abbott (
Secretary/Treasurer: Peter Olmsted (

Membership Drive

GSOFT brochure cover imagePlease 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).
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News & Announcements

GSOFT is on Facebook
Join us the new GSOFT Facebook Group for soft matter news, unit happenings and opportunities, and to connect with other GSOFT members.
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GSOFT Early Career Award
The 2017 GSOFT Early Career Award jointly recognizes Pedro Reis and Chris Santangelo for their role in advancing the field of extreme mechanics of soft materials.
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