Atherton Group Residency in Australia, Week 1
The Soft Matter Theory Group was recently awarded an International Research Grant from Tufts. These prestigious grants, funded by an anonymous donor, are intended to provide sufficient resources to enable research teams in the sciences to carry out research at a laboratory outside the USA. In our case, we’re visiting Patrick Spicer’s group in […]
We’re pleased to announce our new paper has just been published in Physical Review E. This paper was also previously made available as a preprint on the ArXiV.
The paper combines simulations, experiments and theory to understand how a patterned surface can be used to control the alignment of a nematic liquid crystal. […]
Gordon Research Conference on Liquid Crystals 2013
This week I participated in the 2013 Gordon Research Conference on Liquid Crystals, held on the stunning campus of the University of New England, Biddeford, Maine.
Prior to the conference, we held a mini-symposium at Tufts featuring invited talks by Prof. Linda Hirst of UC Merced, creator of the website Soft […]
A couple of years ago, as part of my efforts to use interactive visualizations as a learning tool, I wrote a Mathematica notebook for the Introductory Physics class to allow one to visualize the electric field lines and equipotential surfaces from a collection of point charges. Charges could be added or removed, moved around […]
I was today one of 28 Tufts faculty to be awarded with an “honorable mention” at the 2013 Tufts Teaching with Technology Symposium. This mini-conference brought together faculty and staff from all schools and disciplines at Tufts to share how we’re using technology effectively to enhance learning in our classrooms. What’s great […]
Chris Burke celebrates his first journal article published today in the Journal of the Optical Society of America B. The preprint version of the article is also to be found on the ArXiV.
This work was part of a collaborative project with Rolfe Petschek and Joe Lesnefsky at Case Western Reserve University.
Our wonderful collaborators in the Kaplan Group in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Tufts have just published a new paper which our group PI Tim Atherton is a co-author on. The work presents the work of graduate student Amy Hopkins et al. who has been looking at new soft materials—hydrogels made with Silk—as a […]
Talk “The role of geometry in directing self-assembly” at Brandeis
I was delighted today to visit the Physics department at Brandeis University to give a talk in their Materials Research Science and Engineering Center seminar series.
Thanks to the wonderful faculty and students who hosted me and came to the seminar—and for asking such great questions!
Chris Burke wins a prize at the Tufts Research Visualization Awards!
Grad student Chris Burke today was awarded second place in the Photography and Illustration category of the Tufts Research Visualization Awards for his entry “Sphere Packing on Ellipsoidal Surfaces” at a special ceremony celebrating all the winners. The image (shown above) highlights defects in the packing of spherical particles on ellipsoidal surfaces.
Talk “Soft Matter, Hard Problems” at Mount Holyoke College
I was delighted to visit today the Physics department at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Thanks to the wonderful faculty and students for hosting me and asking such amazing questions in the talk! The abstract for the talk was:
“Many of the materials we encounter in our daily life, including biological […]
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