Soft Matter Physics

The Soft Matter Physics Group investigates the structures of polymer systems as well as their changes and tries to elucidates the underlying mechanisms. Sytems studied by us comprise, among others, nanostructured polymer thin films, responsive polymers, polymer gels and polymers for medical applications. To investigate the structure, dynamics and kinetics of these systems, we use mainly scattering methods (light, neutrons X-rays) at large facilities. Time-resolved scattering experiments allow us to investigate the structural changes, e.g. during a temperature jump. These experiments are complemented by lab experiments, such as fluorescence correlation spectroscopy. Moreover, we investigate polymer solutions under high pressure.

More information can be found in our annual report.

The Soft Matter Physics Group ist associated with the Chair of Functional Materials.

Since April 2015, Prof. Christine M. Papadakis acts as one of the Editors-in-Chief for Colloid & Polymer Science (Springer).


Prof. Alfons Schulte from University of Central Florida (UCF), Orlando, U.S.A., is currently visiting the Soft Matter Physics Group as a TUM August-Wilhelm Scheer guest professor. Here, he investigates together with Prof. Papadakis and her coworkers the phase behavior as well as the dynamics of responsive polymers in aqueous solution under high pressure. More detailed information can be found here and here.



In the framework of the European ERASMUS-MUNDUS program, students have the opportunity to carry out a part of the two-year master program MaMaSELF (Master in Material Science Exploring Large Scale Facilities) at the Soft Matter Physics Group. The MaMaSELF programme is a cooperation of TUM with LMU Munich, universities in France (Montpellier and Rennes), Italy (Torino) and Poland (Poznan) as well as international partner institutes. Applications are possible from now on. The deadline for students from outside EU is February 12, 2019 and for students from EU March 25, 2019. Those, who are not in need of a grant, must apply by May 15, 2019. Here and here, you find information on the application process.

October 9-11, 2017, we are going to host Kolloid-Tagung 2017 on the topic "Multiresponsive Systems" at the Physics Department. Right afterwards, October 11-12, 2017, the 3rd Workshop "Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy in Soft Matter Science" is going to take place. We are looking forward to both events! 

Bart-Jan Niebuur won the price for the best talk of a young scientist at the Greek-German Workshop 2016, September 26-30, 2016 in Athens (Greece) for his talk "Thermo-responsive polymers under high pressure". Congratulations!

Margarita A. Dyakonova defended succesfully her PhD thesis May 3, 2016. Congratulations!

Natalya Vishnevetskaya won a poster prize at the 15th Conference of the International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists, May 24-29, 2015 in Mainz (Germany) for her poster "Aggregation Behavior of Doubly Thermo-responsive Poly(sulfobetaine-b-(N-isopropylmethacrylamide) Diblock Copolymers" (N. Vishnevetskaya, V. Hildebrand, M. Philipp, A. Laschewsky, P. Müller-Buschbaum, C. M. Papadakis). Congratulations!

Margarita Dyakonova won a poster prize at the 8-th International Symposium “Molecular Order and Mobility in Polymer Systems, June 2-6, 2014 in St. Petersburg (Russia) for her poster "Stimuli-responsive reversible hydrogels from triblock polyelectrolytes and polyampholytes" (M.A. Dyakonova, N. Stavrouli, M.-T. Popescu, K. Kyriakos, I. Grillo, M. Philipp, S. Jaksch, C. Tsitsilianis, C.M. Papadakis). Congratulations!

From May 12-16, 2014, the German-Greek Workshop "Structural methods for the investigation of soft responsive matter" took place at TU München in Garching. The workshop was intended for master and PhD students and included talks on the phase behavior of responsive polymers, synthesis strategies, structural, thermal and dielectric methods as well as computer simulations. Moreover, a poster session, laboratory experiments as well as a guided tour through the research reactor Heinz Maier-Leibnitz, FRM II, took place. The workshop was organized by Prof. Christine M. Papadakis, TU München, and Prof. Apostolos Kyritsis, National Technical University of Athens, Greece. Detailled informations are found here.

From October 10 to October 11, 2013 the workshop "Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy in polymer science" was held at TU München in Garching, Germany. The workshop aimed at bringing together scientists working in this field. The workshop comprised invited and submitted talks as well as a poster session. It was organized by Prof. Christine M. Papadakis, TU München, and Dr. Dominik Wöll, Universität Konstanz. More information is found here.