Tree Soft Matter Theory

@ BYU ChemE

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Tree Group April 2019. (Back) Kris-Tyan Streeter, Pierre Kawak, Rami Alhasan, Dakota Banks, (Middle) Qinyu Zhu, Logan Brown, Timothy Scott, Andrew Gibson, (Front) Doug Tree, Caden Wilson, Beverly Delgado, Hayden Hedworth

Soft Matter and Complex Fluids

Soft matter is a discipline that studies materials like polymers, colloids, liquid crystals and biological matter with degrees of freedom that can be excited by thermal energy. Complex fluids is a closely related field that looks at the dynamics of soft materials, which typically have non-Newtonian (e.g. viscoelastic) behavior.
Click here for more information if you are interested in joining the group. Also, for those interested, here is my research primer and time sheet for new students.

Soft matter has a history dating at least as far back as the discovery of polymers in the early 20th century. In the 1980's rapid progress re-invigorated the discipline, culminating with a Nobel Prize to Pierre Gilles de Gennes for expliting the theoretical parallels between hard and soft condensed matter.

Currently, the polymers/soft materials/complex fluids nexxus is a very active area of research and has strong historical and intellectual ties to Chemical engineering. Promising applications span the mundane to the spectacular including (among many others) sustainable polymers, organic electronics, active materials and nanoscale emulsions and dispersions.

Tree Group News

  • AICHE 2018

    The AICHE annual meeting was in Pittsburgh this year, and it was a good one. Our group presented a poster on the effects of mass transfer on phase separation in polymer memranes. A pdf copy of the poster can be... Read more
  • Updated Website

    Now that it is summer, I have had the chance to make a few needed changes to the site. One thing I’m especially excited about is the added ability to make comments on posts. Thanks Disqus!
  • Paper on Macrovoids Appears in ACS Macro Letters

    We’re excited to announce that we recently had an article appear in ACS Macro Letters. The paper entitled Marangoni Flows during Nonsolvent Induce Phase Separation is co-authored with Kris Delaney, Tatsuhiro Iwama, Johsua Lee and Glenn Fredrickson at UC Santa... Read more

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