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The ongoing research taking place in the trioS.lab (Soft Structures and Surfaces) deals with the fundamental understanding of physics systems in which geometry, elasticity and hydrodynamic forces interplay.

The mixing of these physics ingredients commonly leads to unexpected phenomena, such as large nonlinear deformations that we strive to understand from the point of view of fundamental physics. In our research process, we often find our inspiration from systems found in nature and biology. These physics issues are then tackled by means of the exploration of model experiments (synthetic analogs) that we characterize using Soft Matter tools. The physics insight, gained through our investigations, will then be shared, as often as possible, with other communities and pushed towards applications.

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Learning from Nature …

Nature is restless. Throughout its millions of years of evolution, Nature has always devised ingenious mechanisms to perform a variety of practicalities such as: nutrition, reproduction or defense in very diverse environments. Nature’s constant adaptability is governed by the laws of physics and often requires creativity and robustness within its own mechanisms. Our fascination for Nature’s creativity, diversity and frugality permanently drives our physics investigations.

Model experimenting …

Today, an approach of physics based on the exploration of model experiments is extremely relevant thanks to recent and novel advancements in digital fabrication tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC milling,… as well as high-end micro-fabrication tools like soft-lithography and more. These tools empower us to build well-controlled experiments in very precise and affordable ways. Designing and exploring these “synthetic analogs” allows us to easily interact with experiments and to enhance our physics insight. This way of acting should pave the way to the discovery of new classes of physics systems…

Explore and wonder …