Soft matter and biophysics lab

The Wang group at the School of Chemistry, UNSW Sydney, works at the intersection of physics, chemistry, materials science, to answer questions about soft matter. Soft matter is everything that deforms easily - cell membranes, cream, gels - because internally, the components are held together by weak bonds (on the order of kT).

Studying soft matter can not only give us insight into the science of the everyday, from personal care products in the bathroom to the microfoams in our cappuccinos, but can also shed light on basic science like the principles behind self-assembly and how cell-based life started on Earth.

For more, take a look at the Research themes.

We are seeking students at all levels - undergraduate research, Honours, Masters, and PhD - who are interested in researching soft condensed matter and the origins of cellular life. Students will work at the intersection of physics, chemistry, materials science, and astrobiology using techniques that probe the rearrangement and self-assembly of matter at the mesoscale. Please contact Anna directly to discuss possibilities at