The 29th General Assembly resolved to establish the Working Group on Soft Matter Physics, WG15, with the mandate

1.     To organize/assist in organization of an International Conference “Soft Matter Around the World” which rotates every 3 years to each geographic region (Europe-Africa, the Americas, and Asia-Pacific).

2.     To coordinate soft-matter-related regional, national & local conferences, meetings & workshops

3.     To coordinate soft matter education, such as summer/winter schools and short courses and help organize them if a need appears

4.     To promote soft matter research through information exchange, publicity, prizes, publications, etc.

5.     To strengthen the connections between academic and industrial soft matter research and development through outreach events, short courses, etc.



Chair: Michael Rubinstein (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)

1. Dave Weitz (Harvard University, USA)
2. Seth Fraden (Brandeis University, USA)

1. Tom McLeish (Durham University, UK)
2. Gerhard Gompper (Juelich Research Center, Germany)

1. Sriram Ramaswamy (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India)
2. Hajime Tanaka (University of Tokyo, Japan)


United States:

Michael Rubinstein (Chair)
John P. Barker Distinguished Professor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Campus Box 3290s
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3290
Tel: (919) 962-3544
Email: mr@unc.edu

Seth Fraden
Professor of Physics
Brandeis University
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453
Tel: (781) 736-2888
Email: fraden@brandeis.edu

Andrea Liu
Hepburn Professor of Physics
University of Pennsylvania
209 South 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6396
Tel: (215) 573-7374
Email: ajliu@physics.upenn.edu

David Weitz
Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Applied Physics
Harvard University
29 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: (617) 496-2842
Email: weitz@seas.harvard.edu


Eugenia Kumacheva
Professor of Chemistry
University of Toronto
80 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H6
Tel: (416) 978-3576
Email: ekumache@chem.utoronto.ca



Peter Harrowell
Professor of Theoretical Chemistry
University of Sydney
F11-School of Chemistry
NSW 2006
Tel: +61-2-9351-4102
Email: peter.harrowell@sydney.edu.au


Ouyang Zhongcan
Professor, Institute of Theoretical Physics
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Zong Guan Cun East Street 55 #
P.O. Box 2735
Bejing, 100190
Tel: 62554467
Email: oy@itp.ac.cn


Kumaraswamy Guruswamy
Scientist, National Chemical Laboratory
Dr. Homi Bhabha Road
Pune 411008, Maharashtra
Tel: +91 20 25902182
Email: g.kumaraswamy@ncl.res.in


Hajime Tanaka
Professor at Institute of Industrial Science
University of Tokyo
Komaba 4-6-1, Meguro-ku
Tokyo 153-8505
Tel: +81-3-5452-6125
Email: tanaka@iis.u-tokyo.ac.jp


Wonho Jhe
Professor of Physics
Seoul National University
599 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu
Seoul 151-742
Tel: +82 10 76030691
Email: whjhe@snu.ac.kr



Jean Francois Joanny
Director General, ESPCI ParisTech
10 Rue Vaquelin
75005 Paris
Tel: 01 40 79 45 00
Email: jean-francois.joanny@espci.fr


Gerhard Gompper
Professor, Head of Institutes
Theroretical Soft Matter and Biophysics
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
52428 Jülich
Tel: +49 2461 61-4012
Email: g.gompper@fz-juelich.de


Emanuela Zaccarelli
Researcher, CNR-ISC: Institute of Complex Systems
Department of Physics
Universita di Roma La Sapienza
Piazzale Aldo Moro 2 00185 Roma
Tel: 0649913524
Email: emanuela.zaccarelli@phys.uniroma1.it

United Kingdom:

Daan Frenkel
Professor of Chemistry
University of Cambridge
Lensfield Road
Cambridge CB2 1EW
Tel: +44 (1223) 336377
Email: df246@cam.ac.uk

About the Members:

Michael Rubinstein, John P. Barker Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Rubinstein is an expert in theoretical polymer physics. He is a recipient of the Polymer Physics Prize of the American Physical Society. He was the Chair of the Polymer Physics Division of the American Physical Society and the Chair of the Editorial Board of the RSC journal “Soft Matter”. He is a co-author of the textbook “Polymer Physics” used in many universities worldwide. http://www.chem.unc.edu/people/faculty/rubinstein/

Seth Fraden, Professor of Physics, Brandeis University
Dr. Fraden is the director of the National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Center on Bioinspired Soft Matter http://www.brandeis.edu/mrsec/. He is an expert in active matter, coupled non-linear chemical oscillators, protein crystallization, microfluidics, colloidal liquid crystals, DNA – colloid self-assembly and DNA origami. Dr. Fraden was one of the first proponents of the International Conference “Soft Matter Around the World”. https://www.brandeis.edu/departments/physics/people/faculty/frad.html

Andrea Liu, Hepburn Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Liu is one of the world’s leading soft matter theoreticians working in the field of jamming in glass forming liquids, foams and granular materials, biophysical self-assembly in actin structures and other systems. She is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science. Dr. Liu has been involved in coordinating soft matter physics activities in the US. https://www.physics.upenn.edu/people/standing-faculty/andrea-liu

David Weitz, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, Harvard University
Dr. Weitz is one of the world’s leaders in soft matter physics. He is the Director of Harvard Materials Research Science and Engineering Center http://www.mrsec.harvard.edu/ and a Co-Director of the BASF Advanced Research Initiative. Dr. Weitz’ topics of expertise include both synthetic and biological materials, with interests ranging from fundamental physics to technological applications and from basic materials questions to specific biological problems. He is a member of both the US National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Weitz has strong connections with soft matter industry and has been very active in promoting soft matter physics worldwide. https://www.seas.harvard.edu/directory/weitz

Eugenia Kumacheva, Professor of Chemistry, University of Toronto
Dr. Kumacheva is the leading soft matter scientist in Canada and one of the leaders in the world in colloidal and polymer chemical physics. She was the 2008 Laureate for North America of the L’Oréal-UNESCO “Women in Science” Prize. Dr. Kumacheva is a member of both the Canadian and British National Academies of Sciences. Her research is focused on five major themes: polymer sciences, nanoscience, microfluidics and polymers in biological systems. Dr. Kumacheva will provide connections for WG to Canadian soft-matter-related professional societies. http://www.chem.utoronto.ca/staff/EK/Eugenia_Kumacheva.htm

Peter Harrowell, Professor of Theoretical Chemistry, University of Sydney
Dr. Harrowell is one of Australia’s leading soft matter scientists. He is one of the organizers of the Statistical Mechanics of Soft Matter Meeting in Sydney http://smsq.github.io/. Dr. Harrowell’s research expertise includes statistical mechanics, nucleation, crystal growth, rheology of ordered materials, transitions in nonequilibrium systems, liquid crystals, glass transitions, theory of highly cooperative dynamics, and the physics of biological processes. Dr. Harrowell will be the link between WG and the Australian soft matter community. http://sydney.edu.au/science/people/peter.harrowell.php

Ouyang Zhongcan, Institute of Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Dr. Zhongcan is one of the leaders of the Chinese soft matter physics community. He started the Chinese Soft Matter and Biophysics Conference that meets every two years with 500 participants at the last conference. Dr. Zhongcan’s research expertise includes liquid crystals, theoretical studies of biological membranes, using physics, chemistry and biology to study elasticity and protein folding of DNA biomacromolecules. He was the director of the Institute of Theoretical Physics and is now the Chairman of Scientific Committee in ITP. Dr. Zhongcan is a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Zhongcan will build connections between WG and Chinese soft matter organizations. http://sourcedb.cas.cn/sourcedb_itp_cas/yw/zjrck/fas/200907/t20090729_2281994.html

Kumaraswamy Guruswamy, National Chemical Laboratory
Dr. Guruswamy is one of the leaders of the Indian Soft Matter Community and one of the organizers of the very successful annual Complex Fluids Symposium http://pune2016.isr.org.in/ co-sponsored by the Indian Society for Rheology. Dr. Guruswamy’s topics of expertise include structure-property relations in polymers, polymer nanocomposites, polymer phase transitions, colloid-surfactant interactions, and self-assembly. Dr. Guruswamy is the perfect candidate to build the connection between WG and Indian soft matter societies. He already offered to start organizing the International Soft Matter Conference in India. http://academic.ncl.res.in/g.kumaraswamy

Hajime Tanaka, Department of Applied Physics, University of Tokyo
Dr. Tanaka is the leader of soft matter physics in Japan. The aim of his research is to understand the basic physical principle behind the cooperation among multiple functions, which is unique to soft and bio matter. Dr. Tanaka is the best candidate to develop a network connecting Japanese soft matter physicists to the activities of WG. He has already started discussions with several top Japanese soft matter physicists about organizing the International Soft Matter Conference in Japan. http://tanakalab.iis.u-tokyo.ac.jp/Top_E.html

Wonho Jhe, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Seoul National University
Dr. Jhe is Director of the Institute of Applied Physics at the Seoul National University.  His research interests include both nano-liquids and atomic physics. Dr. Jhe is the recipient of the Korean National Academy of Sciences Prize. He is the member of the IUPAP Commission on AMO Physics from 2011. Dr. Jhe will provide a link between WG and soft-matter-related societies in Korea. http://cnl.snu.ac.kr/?p=896

Jean Francois Joanny, Director General, ESPCI ParisTech, Professor at the University of Pierre-et-Marie-Curie, and the Physicochemical Unit Director at the Institut Curie.
Dr. Joanny is one of the world leading soft matter theoreticians. He studies intracellular transport or the cytoskeleton with the goal to predict the collective behavior of biological systems. Dr. Joanny co-directs the team “Physical Approaches to Biological Problems”. He is the winner of first the bronze and then the silver medal of the CNRS as well as of the Cino Del Duka Scientific Award, Paul Langevin Award of SPF, Gentner-Kastler Award of SFP and the German Society of Physics. Dr. Joanny will link WG to French soft matter physics community. http://www.upmc.fr/fr/salle_de_presse/repertoire_d_experts/vous_cherchez_un_expert/pole_2/jean_francois_joanny.html

Gerhard Gompper, Head of Institutes of Theoretical Soft Matter and Biophysics
Dr. Gompper is an expert on theoretical Soft Matter and Biophysics at “Institute of Complex Systems” and “Institute for Advanced Simulation”. His research interests include microfluidics, amphiphiles, colloids, membranes, polymers, blood flow, micro-swimmers, and hydrodynamics simulations. Dr. Grompper is the head of SOFTCOMP, the European Soft Matter Society that has been organizing International Soft Matter Conferences in Europe every three years for more than a decade. Therefore, he is in the best position to coordinate the activities of WG with his organization. https://www.fz-juelich.de/SharedDocs/Personen/ICS/ICS-2/EN/Gompper_G.html

Emanuela Zaccarelli, Department of Physics, Universita di Roma La Sapienza
Dr. Zaccarelli is an expert in colloidal systems, star polymers, micelles, globular proteins, and glass-forming liquids. She was one of the scientific organizers of the Italian Soft Matter days and the Soft Matter Self Assembly Summer School. Dr. Zaccarelli will connect WG to Italian soft matter physics activities and will coordinate conferences, workshops, and summer schools.

Daan Frenkel, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
Dr. Frankel is the world-leading computational soft matter physicist. His research expertise includes the use of numerical simulations to predict the stability and rate of formation of self-assembling structures and materials for the design of novel materials. Dr. Frankel is a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences of the Academia Europaea, a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, an associate fellow of the World Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a foreign member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and of Royal Society (London). Dr. Frankel is the recipient of the IUPAP Boltzmann Medal, the Bakhuis-Roozeboom medal of the Netherlands Academy of Sciences, the Spiers Memorial Award as well as Soft Matter & Biophysical Chemistry Awards of the Royal Society of Chemistry, an Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics of the American Physical Society, a Berni Alder-CECAM prize of the European Physical Society, and a NWO Spinoza Award (NL). Dr. Frankel will be the link between WG and the UK and European soft matter communities, as well as with the world computational community. http://www.ch.cam.ac.uk/person/df246