Soft Matter

Soft matter is a subfield of condensed matter comprising a variety of physical states that are easily deformed by thermal stresses or thermal fluctuations. They include liquids, colloids, polymers, foams, gels, granular materials, and a number of biological materials. These materials share an important common feature in that predominant physical behaviors occur at an energy scale comparable with room temperature thermal energy. At these temperatures, quantum aspects are generally unimportant. Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, who has been called the “founding father of soft matter,” received the Nobel Prize in physics in 1991 for discovering that the order parameter from simple thermodynamic systems can be applied to the more complex cases found in soft matter, in particular, to the behaviors of liquid crystals and polymers

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Dr. Reza Foudazi
Assistant Professor New Mexico State UniversityChemical and Materials Engineering

Office: JH 258
Phone: (575) 646-3691

Educational Background:
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (2010)
M.Sc. Polymer Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology (2004)
B.Sc. Polymer Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology (2002)