LS Fuchs

Soft Condensed Matter

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Introduction to Soft Condensed Matter

Lecture given at the University of Konstanz in the course of the European Graduate College, summer term 2002,


  • Definition of soft matter
  • microscopic interactions (van-der Waals, Debye-Hueckel theory)
  • electrostatically stabilized colloids (Derjaguin-approximation, DLVO-theory)
  • sterically stabilized colloids (polymers and polymer brushes)
  • surface-force apparatus for surface force measurements
  • introduction to the physics of amphiphiles (micelles, micro-emulsions, vesicles)