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Toothbrush bristles were the first things ever made from nylon.


Physics & Astronomy

Liquids, colloids, polymers, foams, gels, membranes, biological materials and therefore life itself are just a handful of examples of soft matter.

With many internal degrees of freedom with weak interactions between the structural components, soft matter sensitive to the environment enabling functional materials to be created.

Soft matter can be found throughout industrial and technological applications. Whether it’s packaging, adhesives, detergents, cosmetics, medicines, fuels, rubber tyres, or paints, soft matter physics is central and essential to understanding, designing and optimising these products. 

2014 REF impact

Soft Matter Group helps position physics at Leeds in equal 4th place in the UK for research impact, in the 2014 REF awards.

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Research highlight

Transforming Cellulose Processing

Cellulose is the world’s most abundant organic polymer. It’s an inexhaustible source of raw material offering environmentally friendly, biocompatible products. Unfortunately processing of cellulose is either highly polluting or energy consuming. With today’s need for “greener” materials and more sustainable processing routes; new, innovative process strategies are urgently needed.
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