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Soft condensed matter is an interdisciplinary field at the interface of physics, chemistry and biology. It covers a variety of physical, mostly liquid or gel-like states and systems, which are easily deformable by thermal stresses and fluctuations. Complex fluids such as liquid crystals, colloidal suspensions, glasses, amphiphilic mixtures, polymeric liquids, foams, gels, granular matter and a number of biologically relevant substances fall into this category.
Soft matter is ubiquitous and shares the common feature that the generic physical behaviour occurs at energy scales comparable to thermal energies at room temperature. It also shows a distinct propensity to self-assemble into more complex, mesoscopic structures which determine its mechanical, optical and rheological properties.
A particular focus of my research is on liquid crystals and nano-composite materials. I have also an interest in coarse-grained simulation of DNA and RNA. We try to understand the structural and dynamical behaviour of these systems. This requires modelling of mesoscopic time and length scales between those of the microscopic world of atoms and the macroscopic world we live in. Mesoscopic length scales range roughly from several nanometres (10-9 m) to micrometres (10-6 m).
Personal webpage: https://www.oliverhenrich.com
Expertise & Capabilities
Soft condensed matter physics
Coarse-grained simulation of DNA and RNA
Structure, rheology and microfluidics of liquid crystals
New soft and functional composite materials
Mesoscopic simulation methods for fluid dynamics and complex fluids
Algorithm development and research software engineering
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Bianco, S., Hu, T., Henrich, O. & Magennis, S. W., 14 Sep 2022, In: Biophysical Reports. 2, 3, 14 p., 100070.
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Lesniewska, M., Mottram, N. & Henrich, O., 26 Aug 2022, In: Soft Matter. 18, 36, p. 6942-6953 12 p.
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Henrich, O. (Creator), University of Strathclyde, 8 May 2018
Oliver Henrich (Speaker)May 2021
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Oliver Henrich (Speaker)Sep 2020
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Oral presentation