Research

Statistical Physics of Soft Matters

The Roland Roth group studies the equilibrium behavior and dynamics of systems in soft matter or biological physics using modern techniques of statistical physics such as density functional theory for classical systems. Many of these systems, such as liquids in porous materials, colloidal suspensions, and proteins in solution, give rise to strong geometrical confinement of fluids. These confinements, which occur on various length scales ranging from about a nanometer in the case of simple atomic or molecular liquids up to micrometers in colloidal systems, have a defining impact on the structure, the phase behavior, and the dynamics of the fluid. We are interested both in fundamental research and in applications.