Project abstract for group vinals

Pattern Formation in Mesophases

Mesophases are ordered phases of symmetry that is intermediate between unstructured fluids and fully ordered crystalline solids. These phases are quite common in many areas of condensed matter, especially in physical systems that self-assemble at the mesoscale. These researcher develop and study mathematical models that describe these phases, including their non-equilibrium properties, the formation and evolution of topological defects, and domain coarsening. With a view to potential applications, they extend the models to account for hydrodynamic flows, and focus in particular on the rheology of block copolymer lamellar phases. 

A bibliography of this group’s publications acknowledging MSI is attached.