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Physics and Mechanics of Soft Matter.

Prof. Martine Ben Amar,

Laboratoire de Physique Statistique,
Ecole Normale Supérieure,
24 rue Lhomond,
75231 Paris Cedex 05, France


  Group presentation

The group is interested in various aspects of growth, shapes and dynamics in physics, biophysics, mechanics and biomechanics. Using theoretical models, experiments as well as numerical simulations, we are trying to highlight the physical principles common to a broad range of morphogenetic events. The area of research that are currently under investigation are:

  • Growth of skin tumors.
  • Morphogenesis in vegetal and animal tissues.
  • Biomechanics, nonlinear elasticity, viscoelasticity and rheology of complex matter.
  • Elastic singularities.
  • Mechanical properties of polymeric gels.
  • Thin sheets of liquid crystals.
  • Biological membranes, rafts and inclusions.
  • Faraday instability.
Moreover, during the past five years, the group has actively worked on the following topics:
  • Viscous fingering, wetting, dynamics of the contact line.
  • Crumpled paper, statistics of folds.

  Recent publications



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