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Welcome to Ni research group of Computational Soft Matter at the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (SCBE) in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore!

The concept of "soft matter" was first introduced by Pierre-Gilles de Gennes in his Nobel lecture in 1991. Essentially, soft matter is a subfield of condensed matter comprising a variety of physical systems that are deformed or structurally altered by thermal or mechanical stress of the magnitude of thermal fluctuations. Because of their responsivity with respect to perturbations, e.g. thermal fluctuations, mechanical deformation, external fields, etc., soft matter has shown great promise as the next generation “smart materials”.

In our group, we use computer simulation combined with analytical theories as a tool to study and predict the structural properties and dynamic behaviour of soft matter systems in and out of equilibrium to direct the experimental fabrication of functional materials. In particular, we are interested in the self-assembly of colloidal and (bio) polymer systems and work synergically with experimentalists to design new functional materials with application in photonic devices, bio-sensor, bio-materials, etc.

See the Research section for more details.

Useful links:
1. Sklogwiki
2. Crystal structure database

Contact information

62 Nanyang Drive, Block N1.2-B1-12, Singapore 637459
Phone: +65 6790 6737
Email: r.ni@ntu.edu.sg