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At the "Soft Condensed Matter" Institute we focus on colloidal systems.

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In the ICS-3 we investigate equilibrium and non-equilibrium phenomena in (bio-) macromolecular systems. In equilibrium, phase behavior and particle dynamics in various types systems are studied. An important aspect of our research is the response of (bio-) macromolecular systems to external fields, like flow, electric fields, temperature gradients and confinement, which are often of biological and technological interest. To gain a fundamental understanding of the corresponding complex phenomena on the macromolecular level, we develop model systems with chemically tuned properties. The institute is equipped with a wide variety of highly sophisticated, home-built state-of-the art instruments.

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