Despite its relatively short history, soft matter physics is now a core branch of condensed matter and/or statistical physics. Not only for its far-reaching engineering applications in industry but also for its fundamental importance in understanding the fluctuation-dominated behavior, current research in liquid crystals, colloids, organic or inorganic polymers, and membranes are at the crossroad of paradigms among physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, molecular cell biology, and materials science. Special attention is given to the exploration of the underlying physics responsible for the observed active and passive behavior of biological soft matter. Currently, UNIST is focusing in this area of research by starting a new IBS site lab led by Steve Granick
The following research group is currently working in the soft matter physics area:
The study of complex system is mainly concerned about the structure and dynamics emerging from numerous interacting parts. It includes not only conventional physico-chemical systems but also biological, social, politico-economic and ecological systems, which are usually too formidable to be reduced to their “building blocks” and rarely allow intuitive insight by brute-force reductionist approach. The equations from which models of complex systems are developed generally derive from statistical physics, information theory and nonlinear dynamics, and represent mostly probabilistic behaviors. Complex systems having many interconnected components, the science of networks and network theory are important aspects of the study.
Soft matter and complex system are the two pillars supporting a wide range of interdisciplinary research in contemporary biology. The former provides a firm mechanical and materialistic basis while the latter focuses more on the systemic approaches to the information processing in living systems.
The following research group is currently working in the complex systems and biological physics area: