Research of the Kantorovich Group (START Project)


Dipolar Soft Matter

Our group investigates a wide variety of dipolar systems, the dipoles in which can be completely different in nature: from polar molecules, and accidentally formed charge pairs in ionic liquids to dipoles created by ferromagnetic ordering of spins in the crystalline lattice and many others. The systems we are interested in are the following.

Magnetic dipoles:

  • Magnetic Fluids
  • Magnetic Gels and Filaments
  • Micron sized Anisotropic Magnetic Particles
    • Capped Colloids
    • Magnetic Janus Particles
    • Magnetic Rods
    • Ellipsoids
    • Cubes

Electric dipoles:

  • Ultra Cold Polar Molecules
  • 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.