Soft Matter and Wetting
Soft Matter and Wetting (SMW) is a multidisciplinary research group consisting of physicists and chemists. We are interested in functional soft materials and the wettability of surfaces. Many of the materials we work on are inspired by nature, such as extremely water-repellent biological surfaces that provide the basis for synthetic superhydrophobicity.
The SMW group is a member of HYBER, the Academy of Finland's Centre of Excellence in Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials research (2014-2019).
ERC Consolidator Grant
The leader of the SMW group, Professor Robin Ras, has received a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). The topic of this five-year project is "Superslippery Liquid-Repellent Surfaces".
The SMW group and their collaborators introduce a new method for wetting characterization of surfaces. The new Scanning Droplet Adhesion Microscopy (SDAM) technique is 1000 times more sensitive than the existing commercial force tensiometers, and enables detailed wetting mapping of topographically complex, liquid-repellent surfaces.
Liimatainen V., Vuckovac M., Jokinen V., Sariola V., Hokkanen M., Zhou Q., Ras R.H.A.,
Mapping microscale wetting variations on biological and synthetic water-repellent surfaces,
Nature Communications 8, 1978 (2017). (link) [pdf] (press release)
Research group members
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