Fraden Group


We study a broad range of topics in Soft Matter utilizing a variety of methods spanning experiment, theory, and simulation. Current research thrusts are in active matter, non-linear chemical dynamics & chemical networks, chemomechanics & soft robotics, protein crystallization, microfluidics and DNA origami. As our research interests lie at the intersection of physics, chemistry, biology, materials science and engineering, we are interdisciplinary, but as these projects are large and challenging, we collaborate in multi-investigator projects.

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Experiments and simulations from the lab.

Confined active nematics

Confined active gels

Chemical central pattern generators

Chemical morphogenesis

Thermoplastic microfluidics

Soft Robotics

Confined active nematics

Chemical networks

Chemical waves


Protein crystallization