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Soft materials encompass the bulk of living tissues.   Living organisms control the structure and properties of soft materials at a hierachy of length scales. 

Soft materials are widely used as diverse engineered materials, from personal care products to energy-efficient electronic-paper displays.  Due to their accessible length and time scales, soft materials are great model systems for fundamental experiments in condensed matter physics.

Inaugural Lecture

Soft and Living Materials
Auditorium Maximum
11. October 2016

Video of the event

News & Events

The Laboratory of Soft and Living Materials was founded at ETH in January 2016.

We are an interdisciplinary team of physicists, engineers, and biologists.

Open Positions

The Laboratory for Soft and Living Materials is pleased to offer master's projects in the following topics. Each project will be supervised by an experienced researcher and guided by Prof. Eric Dufresne. For more information, contact the scientists listed below.

Wetting on soft solids -  Dr. Qin Xu

Synthesis of soft solids: control and characterization of bulk and surface mechanical properties -  Dr. Katharine Jensen and Dr. Qin Xu

Adhesion: Sticking to soft solids - Dr. Katharine Jensen

Biomimetic phase-separated liquids - Dr. Robert Style

Stability of Soft Composites - Dr. Robert Style

Adhesion and Motility of Cells on Soft Surfaces - Dr. Kathryn Rosowski


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