Applications of Soft Materials

The Complex Assemblies of Soft Matter Lab (COMPASS UMI 3254) is a unique collaboration between the CNRS, Rhodia and the University of Pennsylvania. The COMPASS lab is a team of scientists with differentiating capabilities in the creation, manipulation and understanding of soft materials. The team is dedicated to finding sustainable innovative solutions to real world problems. The three main themes of the lab are water retention for agriculture, replacement of Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) for electronic devices and GBU support. In this talk, an overview of the activities will be presented.

1) Water Retention: The goal of this project is to increase the amount water available to roots of crops and reduce overall water consumption. Studies will be presented on flow in fragile porous media, clogging mechanisms and root growth in the presence of drainage and evaporation.

2) Replacement of ITO: Studies will be presented on new formulations based on organic/inorganic components that are good candidates for the replacement of ITO. We will present results of devices made from these formulations and discuss the future of organic electronics.

3) GBU Support: Several projects will be discussed including fast camera analysis of droplets for drift control in agriculture applications and characterization of catalytic particles for Rare Earth.