Physics of Soft and Partially Ordered Matter

Theory and Simulation Group

Our research explores selected topics in the general field of soft matter, especially, focusing on complex soft materials, topology and geometry, active matter and bio-systems, soft- and bio-photonics, and their applications. Specifically, our main research topics include topological defects in soft matter, colloids and complex fluids, soft matter optics and photonics, active matter, dynamics of complex fluids, liquid crystal emulsions, protein aggregation in biopharmaceuticals, liquid crystal elastomers, interactions on spherical lattices and caloric effects in soft matter. The methodological approaches include macroscopic phenomenology, topology, and microscopic molecular modeling.

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Prof. Slobodan Žumer receives 2022 Pierre Gillles de Gennes ILCS prize

27 July 2022 - At the 28th International Liquid Crystal Conference 2022 in Lisbon, professor Slobodan Žumer was awarded de Gennes prize by the International Liquid Crystal Society (ILCS) in recognition of his creative explorations and breakthrough contributions to the understanding of soft matter.

Proceedings of the Royal Society A

4 May 2022 - Our group members, PhD student Andraž Gnidovec and dr. Simon Čopar, published a paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society A, Measure of overlap between two arbitrary ellipses on a sphere. Congratulations!

Nature Communications

11 March 2022 - Our researcher and a PhD student Matevž Marinčič is one of the authors of the paper publsihed today in Nature Communications Deep tissue localization and sensing using optical microcavity probes. Congratulations!