News: Research


Nagel awarded APS Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research

January 12, 2023

This year, Sidney Nagel, the Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago, is accepting the 2023 American Physical Society Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research. The award, sometimes referred to as the ‘lifetime achievement Oscar of physics,’ recognizes “contributions of the highest level that advance our knowledge and understanding of the physical universe in all its facets.”


Host matrix engineering for enhanced molecular qubit coherence

April 12, 2022

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Machine learning active nematic hydrodynamics​

April 12, 2022

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Extremely anisotropic van der Waals thermal conductors

April 11, 2022

Random twists between layers of crystalline sheets block heat going through the layers, but still maintain good heat flow along the sheets. Researchers measure an astonishing factor of 900 in the difference in heat flow.

Sculpting and Predicting Flows in Active Nematics

April 11, 2022

Multi qubit entaglement in a Quantum Network

April 11, 2022

Strong electronic coupling of nanocrystal arrays

April 11, 2022


Schedule for Rising Stars in Soft & Biological Matter Symposium

July 1, 2020

Synthetic tissue inspired by hand-pulled noodles

February 11, 2020

Hidden Symmetries open new avenues for material design

February 11, 2020


Glimpses of 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.

Scientists recreate cell division—outside a cell

June 28, 2019

Discovery accelerates understanding of the physics of living matter

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.