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Soft Matter

Illustration Soft Matter
Photo: UvA

These are scales that are large compared to simple molecules, but gener­ally too small for the naked eye to see. The mesoscopic components often spontaneously organise themselves into complex structures with very striking mechanical, optical, or functional properties. The difference with molecular systems is that specific surface interactions play an important role in the creation of the spectacularly large variation in the properties of the systems. This applies to both the mechanical properties as well as the chemical affinity.