Softcomp is a Project
of the European Commission
developed under the
6th Framework Programme.
© 2005 SoftComp
About SoftComp
The Network of Excellence (NoE) SoftComp aims to establish a knowledge base for an intelligent design of functional and nanoscale soft matter composites.

It will do so in overcoming the present 2-fold fragmentation of this important field for the development of new materials at the interface of non-living and living matter where the delicate principles of self-organisation in polymeric, surfactant and colloidal matter are ubiquitous.

At present the field is fragmented along the disciplinary lines of theoretical and experimental physics, computer simulation, chemistry and applied biology.

On the other hand we are witnessing another fragmentation following the material structures themselves in terms of polymers, colloids, surfactants, membranes and biopolymers.

The overriding concern of SoftComp is to overcome this 2-fold fragmentation in the creation of a virtual interdisciplinary research centre, dealing jointly with the manifold of soft matter materials.

This has the potential to unleash a range of exciting and intelligently-designed hybrid materials and structures.

The network unites the very best European research groups from the traditionally separated soft matter fields. It furthermore connects these academic groups with a sizeable fraction of Europe’s most important industry dealing with such materials.

By working on both materials and disciplinary axes of fragmentation, the leading researchers represented by SoftComp will create an integrated team that is enabled to activate the European potential in soft matter composite materials and to disseminate excellence in extensive training and knowledge transfer schemes.

Figure 1: Pert diagram of the network structure symbolising the idea of SoftComp. Network Area "Surfactant systems with additives" and "Complex Membranes" have been joined to form the new integral Network Area “Selfassembling and biomimetic systems”.