Biological and Soft Systems
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Research areas include biophysics, biomaterials, nanoscience and Physics of Medicine, using techniques and inspirations from classical polymer physics, soft matter physics and the study of condensed matter
The 21st Century promises a major expansion at the interface of physics with the life sciences. These areas fall outside the conventional boundaries of the scientific disciplines of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Medicine, requiring a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach.
The Biological and Soft Systems group of the Cavendish Laboratory is pursuing this kind of multidisciplinary research. Using techniques and inspirations from classical polymer physics, soft matter physics and the study of condensed matter, we build on this foundation with exciting progress in biophysics, biomaterials, nanoscience and Physics of Medicine. The BSS Sector is ideally placed, with the right expertise, to be a major player in these exciting new areas of science.
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(2020-05-01)Fluid flow generated by a ciliated epithelium is a fascinating evidence of collective behaviour in nature. In many organs and eukaryotic organisms, thousands of microscale whip-like structures called `motile cilia' beat ...
Suppressed Quenching and Strong-Coupling of Purcell-Enhanced Single-Molecule Emission in Plasmonic Nanocavities (American Chemical Society, 2018-01-17)An emitter in the vicinity of a metal nanostructure is quenched by its decay through nonradiative channels, leading to the belief in a zone of inactivity for emitters placed within <10 nm of a plasmonic nanostructure. Here ...