Water drop, fluorinert, and fisher 50cSt silicone oil

The Paulsen Group studies soft matter physics in the lab. We are interested in the wrinkling, crumpling, and folding of thin elastic sheets, the arrangements of solid particles in a sludge, and the rapid motions of liquids due to the surface tension that holds droplets together. These scenarios all feature soft, easily deformed materials that are common in nature and industry. Our goal is to uncover the fundamental principles that govern their behavior when they are pushed far away from the low-energy or spatially-uniform states that they prefer.

Read more about thin sheets, sheared suspensionsdroplet coalescence, or the BioInspired Institute at Syracuse University.