Soft Matter Physics

The Soft Matter Physics Group investigates the structures of polymer systems as well as their changes and tries to elucidates the underlying mechanisms. Sytems studied by us comprise, among others, nanostructured polymer thin films, responsive polymers, polymer gels and polymers for medical applications. To investigate the structure, dynamics and kinetics of these systems, we use mainly scattering methods (light, neutrons X-rays) at large facilities. Time-resolved scattering experiments allow us to investigate the structural changes, e.g. during a temperature jump. These experiments are complemented by lab experiments, such as fluorescence correlation spectroscopy. Moreover, we investigate polymer solutions under high pressure.

More information can be found in our annual report.

The Soft Matter Physics Group ist associated with the Chair of Functional Materials.

Since April 2015, Prof. Christine M. Papadakis acts as one of the Editors-in-Chief for Colloid & Polymer Science (Springer).


We offer a PhD position about nanostructured thin films from electrically charged block copolymers, for details see here.

Nanoparticles from proteins and polysaccharides are functional and biocompatible and thus suitable for the encapsulation of medical drugs or nutrients. We offer a master thesis, in which such nanoparticles shall be prepared and characterized. See details here.

All charged up about multiblock copolymers! A master project about thin films from multiblock copolymers with charged blocks is available. See details here.

Smart polymers under pressure. A master project about switchable polymers in aqueous solution with co-solvents under pressure is available. See details here.


In June 2023, Christine participated in the 2nd TUM Round Table Women in STEM with female professors and students. It was great to to exchange experiences with so many young women who are studying a subject in science or technology and to meet other female professors. See a video on YouTube and photos on the event series website. (Photo: Andreas Heddergott)


Some of us participated from 19 to 22 June 2023 in the MLZ Science Workshop in Grainau below Zugspitze. Scientific content, environment and weather were breathtaking.


We participated in the Spring Meeting of the German Physical Society March 26-31, 2023 in Dresden. We loved loved loved the bus!


Wenqi Xu, student in the Erasmus Mundus MaMaSelf+ program, succesfully defended his master thesis "Architecture Effects on the Thermoresponsive Copolymer OEGMA-BuMA-DEGMA" on October 24, 2022. Congratulations!


Johannes Allwang, master student at the Physics Department succesfully defended his master thesis "Nanoparticles from trypsin and polysaccharides on October 21, 2022. Congratulations!


At the EUPOC 2022 conference "Block Copolymers: Building Blocks for Nanotechnology", 15-19 May 2022 in Bertinoro, Italy, Pablo Álvarez won an award for the best poster in the category "Polymer Physics". Congratulations!


Feifei Zheng (MaMaSelf+ student) succesfully defended her master thesis on October 12, 2021. Congratulations!


Jia-Jhen Kang and Chia-Hsin Ko defended succesfully their PhD theses September 27 and 29, 2021. Congratulations!


Bahar Yazdanshenas (MaMaSelf+ student) defended her master thesis succesfully December 14, 2020. Congratulations!


Florian Jung defended succesfully his PhD thesis October 16, 2020. Congratulations!


Bart-Jan Niebuur defended succesfully his PhD thesis October 16, 2019. Congratulations!


Dr. Geethu P. Meledam won a prize at Kolloid-Tagung 2019 "Complex Fluids", 23.-25.09.19 in Stuttgart for her poster "Pressure Dependent Structural Evolution of Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) Mesoglobules above Cloud Point". Congratulations!


Prof. Alfons Schulte from University of Central Florida (UCF), Orlando, U.S.A., is currently visiting the Soft Matter Physics Group as a TUM August-Wilhelm Scheer guest professor. Here, he investigates together with Prof. Papadakis and her coworkers the phase behavior as well as the dynamics of responsive polymers in aqueous solution under high pressure. More detailed information can be found here and here.


In the framework of the European ERASMUS-MUNDUS program, students have the opportunity to carry out a part of the two-year master program MaMaSelf+ (Master in Material Science for Energy Applications Exploring Large Scale Facilities) at the Soft Matter Physics Group. The MaMaSelf+ programme is a cooperation of TUM with LMU Munich, universities in France (Montpellier and Rennes), Italy (Torino) and Poland (Poznan) as well as international partner institutes. Applications are possible from now on. The deadline for students from outside EU is February 10, 2022 and for students from EU March 20, 2022. Those, who are not in need of a grant, can apply by May 15, 2022. Here and here, you find information on the application process.