Soft Condensed Matter Physics

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The soft condensed matter physics lab at RMIT has research interests in: biophysics & biological physics; nanoscience & nanotechnology; fundamentals of phase transitions; and measurement techniques using light, X-ray and neutron scattering.

Our main research areas are:

  • Phase Transitions in colloidal suspensions
  • Freezing and Dehydration in Biology
  • Light, Neutron and X-ray Scattering in Biology and Physics


Professor Gary Bryant

Interests: Colloidal crystallization and vitrification, Light scattering techniques, Phase transitions, Phase behaviour of colloidal and molecular fluids, Cryobiology, Membrane phase transitions, Protein-ligand interactions, Small angle Neutron and X-ray scattering.

Emeritus Professor Bill van Megen

Interests: Condensed matter physics, preparation of particles with novel optical properties, particle characterisation, particle dynamics of concentrated colloidal suspensions, kinetics of crystallisation in one and two component colloidal systems of hard spheres, the glass transition and glassy states of matter.

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