About our Research

Soft Matter encompasses a broad class of things important to our everyday lives: soaps, foams, colloids, paints, gels, plastics, glues, liquid crystals and biological matter. Our group tries to understand the fundamental physics of these materials theoretically and how to optimize them for applications.

Interested in joining the group?

We’d love to hear from potential graduate students interested in the Physics program at Tufts. We also have several undergraduate researchers working with us and we’re always looking to welcome more.

Talk to us

We collaborate with many groups around the USA and the rest of the world, both in academia and industry. If you find our research interesting, or you’d like to tell us about something you’re doing, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Welcome to the website of the Tim Atherton’s soft matter theory research group, part of the Center for Nanoscopic Physics in the Physics and Astronomy department at Tufts University. We invite you to explore our website, meet some of the people who work in the group, find out more about our research and read some of our scientific publications. There’s also information about our educational activities, both at Tufts and in the broader community. If you’re interested in joining the group or collaborating, we hope you’ll contact us.

News and information on our activities is posted on our blog, which you can keep up to date with by following the RSS feed.