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EPSRC Reference: GR/S10377/01
Title: Edinburgh Soft Matter and Statistical Physics Group: Programme Grant
Principal Investigator: Cates, Professor M
Other Investigators:
Egelhaaf, Professor S Pusey, Professor P Evans, Professor MR
Ackland, Professor GJ Poon, Professor W
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Unilever
Department: Sch of Physics and Astronomy
Organisation: University of Edinburgh
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 October 2003 Ends: 31 March 2008 Value (£): 2,011,397
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Cells Complex fluids & soft solids
Condensed Matter Physics
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
29 Oct 2002 Physics Prioritisation Panel (Science) Oct 02 Deferred
Summary on Grant Application Form
The Edinburgh Soft Matter and Statistical Physics Group does experiment and theory on the thermodynamics, kinetics, and flow behaviour of soft materials such as colloids, polymers, liquid crystals, amphiphiles and granular matter. We propose a range of fundamental studies involving a combination of experiment, theory and simulation, mainly using well-characterised model systems. We will extend to a wider class of model systems recent work linking phase kinetics, arrest and glassy dynamics to the underlying interaction potentials and free energy landscapes, and study how arrested states interact with applied stresses and other perturbations. Three new types of soft matter (binary colloidal crystals, nematic colloid mixtures, colloids in binary solvents) with potential application as functional and structural materials for optical and other applications, will be studied in detail, as will three classes of biophysical complex fluids (protein solutions, mixed membranes, lipid assemblies). We will also pursue related fundamental studies in nonequilibrium statistical mechanics of jamming, arrest, and the dynamics of interacting agents. The close interplay between experiment, theory and (increasingly) simulation is unmatched by other groups in this field and allows significant added value to EPSRC investment, as does our ability to attract many additional staff on freestanding personal fellowships. The proposed Programme Grant would allow a more effective use of EPSRC resources via flexible deployment of staff across the various projects detailed in the case for support.
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