Soft materials have been and continue to revolutionize our world due to their wide range of properties and outstanding versatility. Within most of these materials one finds that the core constituents are polymers, which can be either of biological or synthetic origin. These biopolymers have also served as an inspiration for the rapid development of a new generation of tailor-made synthetic, biological, or hybrid macromolecules that under the right conditions can perform programmed functions, such as targeted drug delivery.

The Alexander-Katz group uses theory and computer simulations to understand a variety of soft matter systems. Our work largely concentrates on the self-assembly and dynamics of systems ranging from single chain polymers, block copolymers, lipid bilayers, colloids, and polymer brushes. Our work can be largely divided into three primary research areas:

  1. Behavior of soft materials in non-equilibrium conditions
  2. Self-assembly of polymers, block copolymers, and supramolecular systems
  3. Adsorption of soft materials to biological interfaces

Please click the links for more information on the different research areas. Each specific research area lists some relevant publications; for a complete publication list, please see the Publications page

Department of Materials Science and Engineering MIT