Thomas Gibaud













Soft matter physics

Nature excels at building complex functional materials. We however are far from understanding the structure and mechanism involved and even further from being able to replicate equivalent materials. Here, we use, purify or engineer nanometer to micron particles which serve as building blocks to create inovative soft materials. The particles specific properties cascade to macroscopic scales and are the cornerstone for designing new materials. We then put efforts in understanding the soft material response to external solicitations. To do so, we use devices such as rheometer, optical tweezers or high power ultrasound. We also take advantage of built-in sensitivity of our particles to pH or temperature to continuously morph our dispersions properties.

This bottom up approach combined with external solicitation of the self assembled soft materials allows us to tackles fundamental issues in self-assembly, gels and active matter and mimics many phenomena observed in biology or hard condensed matter.

Remarkable results:
some recent work

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