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Soft Matter | Statistical Physics | Fluid Mechanics

Assistant professor James W. Swan

MIT, Department of Chemical Engineering

We investigate the structure and dynamics of soft matter and the distinctive roles of non-conservative (hydrodynamic) and conservative (thermodynamic) forces in determining the mechanical properties of functional materials. We use of theory and simulation to make predictions of novel physical phenomena in soft matter with the goal of directing engineering applications and elucidating physical experiments. This requires a combination simple physical reasoning and sophisticated mathematical and computational analysis. We have studied intricate and relevant problems ranging from the flow of complex fluids to the precise measurement of biophysical forces. Below are some particle based simulations that run in your browser. Enjoy these examples techniques we might employ:

Recent news

Zsigmond Varga wins ACS Colloids Student Award

James Swan wins Outstanding Faculty Award

Kevin Silmore wins DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

Zachary Sherman wins Award for Extraordinary Teaching and Mentoring

James Swan wins 2016 NSF CAREER Award

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