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Laboratory of Soft Materials

Welcome to the webpages of the Soft Materials laboratory of the ETH Zürich. We are part of the department of Materials (D-MATL) and affiliated with the insitute of polymers. Our research interests relate to soft materials and have as a common theme understanding and exploiting the link between the unique microstructures that develop in these materials and their (often highly non-linear) properties. Materials classes belonging to soft matter range from polymers, colloids over surfactive active components and mixtures thereof.

The experimental facilities of the laboratory include state of the art rheological and rheo-optical equipment, equipment for characterization of soft matter, and small-scale processing setups.

In these webpages you should be able to discover who we are, what we do and what we find to be exciting and interesting about our work.

On behalf of the Soft Materials group, I wish you enjoyable reading.

Jan Vermant.


Check out the Soft Materials @ ETH  Youtube channel : Both movies for teaching and highlights from our research.


Conference Announcement: Soft matter interfaces: from biology to engineering applications in the fantastic cinference center of the ETH domain in Monte Verita, 2017, 5.11-10.11, organized by the Soft Materials group in collaboration with other groups at ETH Zurich! 

New paper : Fibrin structural and diffusional analysis suggests that fibers are permeable to solute transport, Acta Biomaterialia KA Leonidakis, P Bhattacharya, J Patterson, BE Vos, GH Koenderink, Jan Vermant, Dennis Lambrechts, Maarten Roeffaers, Hans Van Oosterwyck, (2017) doi: 10.1016/j.actbio.2016.09.044

New paper :  A versatile subphase exchange cell for interfacial shear rheology Schroyen, B., Gunes, D.Z. & Vermant, J. Rheol Acta (2017). doi:10.1007/s00397-016-0976-x

New paper :  Simple Optical Imaging of Nanoscale Features in Free-Standing Films PJ Beltramo, J Vermant ACS Omega 1 (3), 363-370 (2016)

New paper / On the cover : From near hard spheres to surfboards, Ljiljana Palangetic, Kirill Feldman, Raphael Schaller, Romana Kalt, Walter R. Caseri, and Jan Vermant, Faraday Discussions,  191, 325-349 10.1039/C6FD00052E (2016).

New paper / On the cover Millimeter-area, free standing, phospholipid bilayers Peter Beltramo,   Rob Van Hooghten and  Jan Vermant, Soft Matter 10.1039/C6SM00250A  (2016)

New paper:  High-performance liquid-crystalline polymer films for monolithic “composites.”  Schaller, R., Peijs, T., & Tervoort, T. A. (2016). Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing81, 296–304

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Bachelor and Master Thesis Topics

Whereas these can be obtained by directly talking to the group members,a list of possible topics can be found under the tab research (nethz id required). 

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