In this course, we explore how to build theories for complex fluids; we will often be taking examples from the world of biology. The focus of the course will be to emphasise generic features in order to build up a repertoire of theoretical tools that are widely applicable to analyse a diversity of soft materials. 

Topics covered may vary from year to year depending on the specialisms of the staff involved but will include:

  • Physics and non-equilibrium thermodynamics of binary mixtures
  • Symmetries and phases of liquid crystals
  • Topological defects in liquid crystals
  • Hydrodynamic theories of complex fluids
  • Topological properties of DNA: knots and supercoiling

Lecturer: Davide Marenduzzo

Institution: Edinburgh

Hours Equivalent Credit: 20