News: Research


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.


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