The Institute of Physics (IoP) of the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam, comprises three research divisions: experiment, theory and high-energy physics.
The experimental physics is done in the van der Waals Zeeman Institute for experimental physics (WZI) which has a long tradition of excellence in three programs covering
soft condensed matter, quantum gases and hard condensed matter. The world-renown Soft Matter group of WZI comprises over 30 researchers and is active
in areas located at the overlap between physics, chemistry and materials science. The research is powered both by a fundamental, knowledge-based drive, as well as an ambition
to maximize the transfer and exploitation of our results in industry and society in general.
Our main research areas include hydrodynamics (evaporation) and rheology, complex fluids (surfactants, colloids, polymers),
nucleation and phase transitions, thermodynamics.
We have 4 publications in PRL every year and six papers in Nature or Science since 2004. We are the organiser of three major national and International events in our field:
the Dutch Soft Matter, the New York-Amsterdam Soft Matter meetings and the CRYSPOM (Crystallization in Porous media) conference.
Soft matter football team wins prestigious IOP cup.
On Monday May 13th the Soft Matter football team (Thanh, Bruce, Bart, Daniel M, Duc and Mounir) won the Institute of Physics football tournament. The nerve wrecking final against the Photovoltaics team ended in a 2-2 draw. Skillful penalties by Daniel M and Thanh, in combination with heroic goalkeeping by Mounir, led to a win in the decisive penalty shootout.