In the Soft Matter Group, ECFP has access to equipment and techniques to characterise both the structure and the dynamics of complex fluids. By utilising this information it is possible to take steps to improve and advance products. See below to find out more about various techniques.

Structural characterisation

The structural features of components can explain the properties of a product as a whole. By being able to characterise the structure of components belonging to a product, the product can be improved and understood more fully. To aid in structural characterisation, we have techniques and equipment to characterise the physical properties of individual components so that we may understand how they interact and link this to the architecture of the microstructure observed in a product.

Characterising dynamics

Characterising dynamics can give key information for the way a product changes when a formulation or process change is underway. Flow behaviour, consumer experience and product stability all depend on the product sensitivity to dynamics. Several techniques are available including DWS (Diffusing Wave Spectroscopy), DDM (Dynamic Differential Microscopy as well as rheoimaging and rheology.

Technical and chemical support

Our scientists are supported by high-calibre experts in optical and mechanical engineering thus enabling us to push forward with adventurous research.

Biological capabilities

We possess a wide range of biological capabilities and we have access to extensive cutting-edge facilities.

High Performance Computing

The Soft Matter Physics and Biological Physics group work closely with the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (link is external) which has provided computing resource, expertise and training to industry for over 25 years. In addition to hosting the UK’s supercomputer, ARCHER, EPCC supports the UK's new Research Data Facility (RDF).