The aim of this project is to construct a robust research network among Japan, Germany and France, each of which is at the highest level of soft matter study, and to carry out cooperative researches to achieve integrating understanding of the non-equilibrium dynamics of soft matter. In the Japan side, the five core members as well as 18 cooperative members participate to push forward collaboration and dissemination of knowledge between the three countries.

As a concept to combine this joint project in a unified way, we propose “Non-equilibrium phase transitions”. This means an abrupt change of states in interacting soft matter caused by external fields. The Japanese side consists of four groups with each core researcher as a group leader

  1. Softmatter dynamics : J. Yamamoto, Y. Tabe, S. Komura, M. Imai and T. Kawakatsu
  2. Slow dynamics of colloids: T. Araki, R. Yamamoto, H. Tanaka, K. Miyazaki and S. Miyashita
  3. Active dynamics: S. Takesue, M. Ichikawa, H. Hayakawa, T. Sakurai, M. Sano, H. Kori and T. Sakaue
  4. Information dynamics: S. Sasa, H. Nishimori, T. Tanaka, Y. Kabashima, H. Yoshino and T. Sagawa

By challenging strongly nonlinear and non-equilibrium soft matter theoretically, experimentally and by computer simulations, the fundamental properties of non-equilibrium phase transition are elucidated, which will initiate production of new molecular assemblies with high efficiency and functionality in material and biological sciences. On the other hand, this activity will cause new development of nonlinear and non-equilibrium physics.