Soft Materials

Soft Materials at the Institute of Materials Science and Engineering

Soft materials are an area of great interest to the Materials Scientist.At the Institute of Materials, research is being carried out on new approaches to tailoring material systems and process cycles, on the development of new materials with controlled rheology, on solidification kinetics and surface characteristics.

Some of our scientists are performing quantitative durability analysis for optimal life cycle strategies.

We are also looking at smart composite materials, that are able to combine structural and functional properties, and bio-based degradable composites for packaging and engineering applications.

From the Soft Materials Laboratory

Key research themes


  • Self-healing materials
  • Fibre monitoring
  • Polymer surface and interface science
  • Polymer nanomedicine
  • Polymer synthesis and functionalization
  • Organic synthesis
  • Supramolecular chemistry
  • Polymer science
  • Cell-material interactions
  • Targeting
  • Multivalency
  • Hydrogels