Soft Matter Incubator (SMI) researcher Prof. Elisabetta Matsumoto is part of a team of researchers that is helping bring hyperbolic space to anyone with a virtual reality (VR) headset. The effort is designed to allow users to experience non-Euclidean spaces in which parallel lines diverge (hyperbolic space) that can be difficult to fully imagine with purely mathematical considerations. The research was recently part of the News in Focus in Nature. Find out more here.
Soft Matter Incubator (SMI) researchers have created water-filled particles known as microgels within robust polymer networks made of natural fibrin. In a remarkably dynamic process, the microgels self-assemble into three-dimensional tunnel-like structures that could allow repair cells to migrate through the polymer network to begin the healing process.
STAMI has awarded 2017 Seed Grants to Georgia Tech researchers that are members of the Community for Research on Active Surfaces and Interfaces (CRĀSI) and the Soft Matter Incubator (SMI). Proposals were selected on a competitive basis. The 2017 CRĀSI seed grant program sought innovative proposals addressing fundamental scientific questions pertaining to surfaces and interfaces, and two collaborative proposals were selected. The 2017 SMI seed grant program sought proposals addressing questions pertaining to fundamental soft matter, and three collaborative proposals were selected. Learn more.