Self Assembly in Soft Matter Physics & Physical Oceanography

Phys 6013 - Soft Matter Physics

Time and Place:

C-3067, Wed and Fri, 10.30am - 12 noon

First class on Wed, Sep 9, 2015

Course Materials: Assignments and Readings


Anand Yethiraj, CP-3029, phone 2113, Email:



References (not necessary to purchase):


Course Outline

This course introduces the essential principles of soft matter physics. This includes a wide range of materials, colloids, liquid crystals, polymers, surfactants, gels, and biomaterials such as proteins, lipids and cells.

Project: In-class presentation

During the course, each student will present 1 full-length in-class presentation in lecture format on an assigned topic. Project requirements will include an in-class presentation of an assigned reading as well as a written report (using latex). This could be a chapter in a book, or a review article, and will be assigned early in the course. These presentations will take place in the last 2 weeks of the course.

Detailed guidelines will be posted on the Course Materials page (which will be periodically updated).

Introduction to soft matter

Experimental connection: rheology


Phase transitions


Random walks and polymers

Experimental connection: microscopies

Focus topics and final project topics