PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania's Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter has entered into a multi-year agreement with specialty chemical producer Rhodia and the French National Center for Scientific Research to launch an international, public-private research collaboration in soft condensed matter.
The collaboration between academia, government and industry brings together a diverse team of world-class scientists with complementary expertise for understanding, manipulating and creating novel soft materials. The joint effort will focus on developing new, sustainable technologies in the field of soft condensed matter, a science at the interface of chemistry, biology, physics and nanotechnology.
Soft condensed matter research focuses on easily deformable materials whose physics are often dominated by entropy. Liquids, colloids, polymers, foams, surfactants, liquid crystals and gels are examples of soft materials.
Penn will benefit from an industrial platform on which to test new breakthroughs in material science, particularly at the nanoscale. It is called the COMPASS collaboration, for Complex Assemblies of Soft Matter. Penn will also gain access to the formulation expertise of a variety of visiting scientists.
"Our research collaborations have always benefited from a multi-disciplinary approach," Arjun Yodh, the James M. Skinner Professor of Science and director of the LRSM, said. "The COMPASS collaboration with Rhodia and CNRS will enable Penn to continue to build on that approach to take advantage of major research capabilities well beyond our traditional boundaries."
Initial projects will explore renewable and sustainable ingredients for consumer products in home and personal-care markets. Others projects will address broadly critical issues such as water scarcity for agriculture and novel printable electronic solutions for energy transfer and storage.
Exploratory research will cr
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