Soft Matter Physics

"... These beautiful soap bubbles, which are
 the delight of our children."
                                 - Pierre-Gilles De Gennes

Biological Physics

"How would we express in terms of the statistical
 theory the marvelous faculty of a living organism?"
                                            - Erwin Schrödinger

Statistical Physics

"More is different"
                                     - Philip W. Anderson

Soft Matter, Biological and Statistical Physics
Research Group

New Book

Electrostatics of Soft and Disordered Matter

D.S. Dean, J. Dobnikar, A. Naji, R. Podgornik

For Contents, Preface, Introduction and other front matter of the book, see this pdf file from the publisher; Pan Stanford Publishing (2014)


Perspective: Coulomb Fluids


Perspective: Coulomb fluids - Weak coupling, strong coupling, in between and beyond

A. Naji, M. Kanduc, J. Forsman, R. Podgornik, J.Chem. Phys. 139, 150901 (2013)
Invited Perspective for JCP Spotlight Collections (
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Ali Naji is appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Biological Physics (peer-viewed international journal published by Springer)
Saeed Mahdisoltani is granted The Clarendon Scholarship from the University of Oxford, and also a Fellowship from Princeton University, to start his studies towards a PhD from Sept. 2017

Mohsen Talebi is granted admission to ETH , to start his studies towards a MSc from Sept. 2017  
Ali Naji is awarded a Distinguished Researcher Grant from the Iranian Vice-Presidency for Research and Technology for the second consecutive year (2015, 2016)

Ali Fahimniya is granted a Fellowship from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Physics, to start his studies towards a PhD from Sept. 2016
Recent paper on disorder-induced interactions between net-neutral slabs is featured on the front cover of J. Chem. Phys. Vol 143 (23), 21 Dec 2015
Recent paper on antifragility in Coulomb fluids in disordered systems was highlighted by the American Institute of Physics in a press release on November 4, 2014.  It was also featured on the front page of some of major science news websites such as Science Daily and PhysOrg and covered in a story by the Financial Times (Physics: ‘Antifragility’ can bring order from chaos) on December 5, 2014, and in Persian by major Iranian news media (ISNA, Tabnak, Khorasan daily, etc).
Recent paper on disorder effects in nematic films is featured on the front cover of J. Phys.: Condens. Matter, Vol 26, No 7, 19 Feb 2014.

Kasra Hejazi is granted (in 2014) funded admission to the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Department of Physics to pursue his studies towards a PhD from Sep. 2016.
Recent JCP Perspective article on Coulomb fluids is selected as JCP Editor's Choice 2013.  This paper was featured on the journal's website and front cover, J. Chem. Phys., Vol 139 (15), 21 Oct 201
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Recent paper on exact solution for wrapping of cylinders along a semi-flexible polymer published in J. Chem. Phys. 137, 144904 (2012) is selected as an Editor's Choice 2012. This selection represents "notable JCP articles published in 2012 that present ground-breaking research".
Recent research achievements on charge disorder phenomena was highlighted in the Newsletter of Iranian Nanotechnology Initiative Council (issue of Mehr 1391).
Recent EPJE paper on charge disorder phenomena is featured as a Biophysics Highlight in Europhysics News 43 (4), 11 (2012), and highlighted on the front page of some of major science news websites, e.g., Science Daily, PhysOrg, Springer Select, AlphaGalileo, Nanotechnology Now, Nanowerk, etc. on 30 April 2012. 
Poster presentation on physics of viral capsids selected in ICTP’s Workshop on Physical Virology.
Leili Javidpour is awarded Iran's National Elites Foundation grant (August 2012).
Recent paper on chromatin fiber featured on the front cover of the Eur. Phys. J. E (July 2011).