We use a broad range of experimental techniques to study the fundamental soft matter and biological physics of materials and systems with real world applications. Soft and biological systems are very sensitive to their environment such that small changes in temperature and pH, as well as the application of external fields, can produce large changes in their properties. This sensitivity can be exploited to tune the properties of the systems and to achieve a deep understanding of the subtle interplay between different interactions.
Our approach allows us to address fundamental issues ranging from the colloidal glass transition to nanoconfinement of water to diffusion in semi-crystalline polymers. Our work also contributes to solving problems that are important to society such as reducing the environmental impact of technologies and improving the sustainability of materials.
This website highlights our research projects, facilities and equipment, research opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and research collaborations with industry. If you have any questions or would like to receive additional information, please feel free to contact Professor John Dutcher.