The web's foremost resource on soft condensed matter.

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Our Mission and Goals

Our goal is to provide a focal point for the soft matter research community around the world, through education and networking. Soft Matter World includes all areas of soft matter physics, chemistry and materials science, covering everything from liquid crystals, polymers and gels to biomolecular assembly and the interface between hard and soft condensed matter. The site was founded in Jan 2008 and continues to expand its membership around the world.

LHirstportrait Linda Hirst

founder and program director

Prof. Hirst is a faculty member at the University of California, Merced where she is a soft condensed matter experimental physicist.

Visit her Group website at UC Merced to learn more about her research and the soft matter program.

PGibbonsportraitPaul Gibbons

Director & Co-Founder of the SMW Writing Internship Program

Prof. Gibbons works alongside Prof. Hirst in instructing/supervising undergraduate interns who write the monthly articles for the Newsletter. The program was featured on UC Merced's newsletter here. Prof. Gibbons is a faculty member at UC Merced. He is also the Associate Director of the Meritt Writing Program.

RonPandolfiportraitRon Pandolfi

Web Developer

Ron is a graduate student in the Physics Program at UC Merced. His research involves computational modeling of soft matter systems. Ron has used his extensive programming knowledge to develop many of the interactive portions of the site and designed the infastructure of our network database.

RonPandolfiportraitMike Facio


Mike is an undergraduate biochemistry major at UC Merced and joined the SoftMatterWorld team in Fall 2014.

MichaelportraitMichael Lane


Michael Lane is a student expecting to graduate from UC Merced in May 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in anthropology, having swapped over from chemistry in 2012. Michael currently works for as a writing intern.

RonPandolfiportraitMarcus Rice


Marcus Rice is a human biology major attending UC Merced and is expecting to graduate in May 2014. He is a writing intern for as well as a Health Educator for the UC Merced H.E.R.O.E.S program. 

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