Soft matter refers to materials having complex structural and dynamic properties intermediate between those of crystals and fluids. Materials belonging to this category are polymers, liquid crystals, colloids, gels and foams. We study soft matter, combining it with low dimensional nanoparticles to achieve tailored hybrid materials. The fascinating properties of these unique material systems enable a wide spread of applications in the fields of energy, biomedical, optoelectronics and nanocomposites.

Open Positions:

We currently have open postdoctoral (1), PhD student (1-2), and undergraduate research assistant positions. For the postdoctoral position, the candidate should have good polymer synthesis, or polymer scattering/microscopy skills. Knowledge/experience of nanoparticle synthesis/properties or electrochemistry is a plus. For other positions, the students need to be highly motivated to do research. For more information, please contact Prof. Li at