Research of the Kantorovich Group

Dipolar Soft Matter

Magnetic dipoles:

  • Magnetic Fluids
  • Magnetic Gels and Nanogels
  • Magnetic Elastomers
  • Magnetic Filaments and Brushes
  • Micron sized Anisotropic Magnetic Particles
    • Janus Particles
    • Platelets
    • Ellipsoids
    • Cubes
  • Active Magnetic Matter
  • Granular Magnetic Matter

Electric dipoles:

  • Complex Electrolytes

We use a fine weave of statistical physics and different computer simulation techniques. The basis of our research is that independently of the size of the dipolar “building blocks”, all these systems are fundamentally similar, and, in general terms, theoretical approaches and simulation tools once developed, can be applied to describe dipolar systems with absolutely different characteristic lengths. Thus, the principal aim of our group is to broaden the understanding of dipolar soft matter by extending and generalising the existing theoretical and simulation methods, bridging various scales, and developing novel universal approaches. In doing so, we elucidate the relationship between the microstructure and the macroscopic behaviour of dipolar systems in different branches of physics, chemistry and bio-physics. As such, we collaborate with various scientific groups to both verify newly developed analytical approaches and assist in designing new smart soft dipolar materials on various scales.