Soft matter department

Department Presentation

The Soft Matter group works on a wide range of soft materials: granular media, foams, emulsions, bubbles and drops, biological tissues, membranes, proteins. The experimental techniques used are related to optics, mechanics, physical chemistry and biology.


The Soft Matter group includes 10 professors/associate professors, 3 CNRS researchers, 6 engineers and technicians, and an average of ten PhD and post-doctoral students.

Scientific production

In the last few years, the Soft Matter group has obtained important results on the synthesis of materials from nanoparticles, using a drying process on textured surfaces; on the traffic of drops in microfluidic devices, with the demonstration of chaotic processes;  on the spreading of soluble surfactants, in connection with the development of characterization tools for these surfactants; on the propagation of sound in foams that exhibit acoustic metamaterial properties; on the measurement of plastic deformations in amorphous materials, by light scattering.