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Welcome to Ni research group of Computational Soft Matter at the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (SCBE) in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore!

The concept of "soft matter" was first introduced by Pierre-Gilles de Gennes in his Nobel lecture in 1991. Essentially, soft matter is a subfield of condensed matter comprising a variety of physical systems that are deformed or structurally altered by thermal or mechanical stress of the magnitude of thermal fluctuations. Because of their responsivity with respect to perturbations, e.g. thermal fluctuations, mechanical deformation, external fields, etc., soft matter has shown great promise as the next generation “smart materials”.

In our group, we use computer simulation as a tool to study and predict the structural properties and dynamic behaviour of soft matter systems in and out of equilibrium to direct the experimental fabrication of functional materials. In particular, we are interested in the self-assembly of colloidal and (bio) polymer systems and work synergically with experimentalists to design new functional materials with application in photonic devices, bio-sensor, bio-materials, etc.

See the Research section for more details.

The weekly group meeting schedule can be found here.

Useful links:
1. Sklogwiki
2. Crystal structure database


A PhD opening for UK/EU students!!

The international conference "Designer Soft Matter 2018" was held in Singapore on June 6 - 8, 2018!

June 2017
: In the International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT) 2017 in Singapore, the poster by Hao and Pablo entitled "Entropy stabilises open crystals of DNA-coated colloids without patches" won the Best Poster Award!

May 2017
: Our group won the prestigious Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Young Individual Research Grant by the Science & Engineering Research Council of Agency for Science, Technology and Research Singapore.

January 2017
: In the Flowing Matter Conference 2017 in Porto, Prof. Ni received the Best Research Prize from the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action - Flowing Matter (http://flowingmatter.eu/wordpress/prizes/best-research)

December 2016: Ms. Zhan Ma from Tsinghua University (China) joined our group as a PhD student.

July 2016: Dr. Qunli Lei from Nanjing University (joint with Prof. Kunn Hadinoto Ong) joined our group as a postdocteral research fellow. Mr. Krongtum (Aom) Sankaewtong from Kasetsart University (Thailand) and Mr. Pablo Sampedro Ruiz from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain) joined our group as PhD students.

July 2016: Prof. Ni delivered an invited talk in The 2nd Conference on Condensed Matter Physics in Nanjing, China.

May 2016
: Prof. Ni delivered an invited talk in the 1st Singapore Soft Matter Meeting.

May 2016: Dr. Hao Hu from USTC joined our group as a postdoctoral research fellow!

March 2016: Prof. Ni joined the faculty of NTU, and the group was launched in SCBE!

Contact information

62 Nanyang Drive, Block N1.2-B1-12, Singapore 637459
Phone: +65 6790 6737
Email: r.ni@ntu.edu.sg