Optically-controlled containers for experiments in soft matter

  • Sevick, Edie (PI)
  • Bachor, Hans (CoI)
  • Bernhardt, Debra (CoI)
  • Daria, Vincent (CoI)
  • Evans, Denis (CoI)

    Project: Research

    Project Details


    We request funds to design and build a unique optical force-measurement device to measure the energy paths of small, soft systems that are driven out of equilibrium, where theory is no longer predictive. The device is flexible, allowing a number of different experimental configurations. One configuration is an optically-controlled micro-container which will squeeze a confined colloidal fluid while simultaneously measuring the required forces; another is an optically-controlled 2-D soft surface to develop micro-rheology techniques near membranes; whilst yet another configuration is an n-point force measurement device, for unraveling the strands of single ds-DNA molecules or pulling on the arms of star polymers.
    Effective start/end date9/05/119/05/12


    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$150,000.00
    • Griffith University: A$5,500.00


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