Matt Tirrell elected to National Academy of Sciences

June 30, 2019

Matthew Tirrell, the dean and Founding Pritzker Director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

UChicago team glimpses phenomena that underlie black holes, other extreme physics

June 28, 2019

A team of physicists at the University of Chicago has built a quantum system to simulate the physics of this Unruh radiation.

For the first time, scientists recreate cell division—outside a cell

June 28, 2019

Discovery accelerates understanding of the physics of living matter

Scientists connect quantum bits with sound and over record distances

June 25, 2019

Two studies show breakthroughs that could boost quantum technology

Monolayer Two-Dimensional Polymers for Wafer-Scale Heterostructures

May 28, 2019

The MRSEC team developed synthesis of two-dimensional polymers (2DP) with wafer-scale homogeneity in the ultimate limit of monolayer thickness using a general and scalable growth method called laminar assembly polymerization. 

Building Strongly Interacting Photonic Materials

May 27, 2019

A collaboration of the Simon and Schuster group have realized a photonic strongly interacting Mott insulator using a 1D lattice of superconducting qubits.


Auxetic metamaterials from disordered networks

June 28, 2018

A collaboration between the groups of Sid Nagel, Juan de Pablo and Heinrich Jaeger explored opportunities for designing strain transmission in disordered, network-based meta-materials.


Materials Origami

July 7, 2017

New design principles for self-folding materials


Shaken Bose-Einstein Condensate

September 9, 2016

Universal dynamics of bosons across a quantum phase transition

Controlling Material Fracture by Curvature

August 8, 2016

Fracture in sheets draped on curved surfaces

Bidirectional Optical Control

July 7, 2016

Optical gating of a topological insulator


Controlled Deposition of Droplets

July 31, 2015

Splashing of droplets containing small suspended particles

Structures of Flow in an Active Network

May 5, 2015

Quantifying the spatial structure of flow in actin filament networks

New Lasing Media

January 1, 2015

Red, Yellow, Green, and Blue Lasing using Colloidal Quantum Wells


Particle Shape Effects

May 5, 2014

Shape controls stress-strain