About Us

Founded in 2004, the Center for Soft Matter Research at New York University is dedicated to scientific inquiry at the interface between physics, chemistry, biology and engineering.

The CSMR is located in the Meyer Physics Building at the corner of Washington Place and Broadway in the heart of Greenwich Village, New York City, and occupies a newly constructed state-of-the-art laboratory complex featuring close integration between chemical and materials synthesis, device fabrication, and physical analysis. 

The Center for Soft Matter Research is part of New York University and is located near Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, a lively neighborhood in lower Manhattan, New York City.

Situated within the Physics Department at NYU, the CSMR has close ties to scientists in Chemistry, Mathematics (Courant Institute), Biology, Biomaterials and Biomimetics (NYU College of Dentistry), and Engineering [see links under Affiliated Programs].

We currently have eight full-time faculty who supervise a dynamic and highly collaborative research program in experimental and theoretical soft condensed matter physics.  We have a regular seminar series of external speakers, as well as an active scientists-in-residence program that hosts extended stays at NYU for some of the most prominent international scientists working in soft condensed matter.

New state-of-the-art laboratories have been built for the CSMR.  These include an optics & rheology lab, a biophysics lab, and a colloid synthesis lab.  The space is designed to be flexible in order to facilitate rapid development of new experiments as well as collaborations between scientists at the Center.

Information about the research and people working at the CSMR can be found through the links along the left of this page.  Other useful links, including those of various affiliated programs at NYU, can be found through the links along the right of this page.