November 4, 2014
Professors Charles Kane and Eugene Mele along with Professor Shoucheng Zhang of Stanford University will be awarded the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics for their groundbreaking theoretical contributions leading to the discovery of a new class of materials called topological insulators, and for their prediction of specific compounds exhibiting the novel properties expected of these new materials.
October 20, 2014
Improving crop yields in marginal, sandy soils is critical to feeding the world’s growing population. But when water is added to dry soils—either from rainfall or irrigation sources—it tends to flow in channels, as opposed to spreading out evenly, an effect that prevents water from reaching all plant roots.
Congratulations to Professor Alison Sweeney for receiving the 2014 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering
October 16, 2014
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation announced Wednesday that Alison Sweeney, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania, will receive a 2014 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering.
A Message from Penn President Amy Gutman on Packard Fellowship Win
October 2, 2014
Evolution in extreme environments has produced life forms with amazing abilities and traits. Beneath the waves, many creatures sport iridescent structures that rival what materials scientists can make in the laboratory.
October 1, 2014
With exotic science equipment in tow, University of Pennsylvania Physics Professor Larry Gladney gave Philadelphia high school students an eye-popping demonstration of the interactions among sound, light, and energy, but the key message was: "Don't give up."
September 17, 2014
The research was led by Marija Drndić, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences; Jennifer Lukes, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering...
September 16, 2014
Arjun Yodh showed how one form of a solid can transition to another by becoming a liquid first.
Two solids made of the same elements but with different geometric arrangements of the atoms, or crystal phases, can produce materials with different properties. Coal and diamond offer a spectacular example of this effect.
September 15, 2014
Natural selection in an extreme environment has gradually sculpted the giant clam into an exceedingly efficient farmer; it turns the fierce sunlight in its equatorial ocean home into algae, and those single-celled plants into food.
September 3, 2014
Asst. Prof. Alison Sweeney is featured on WHYY's "The Pulse" talking about how corals use the color of the sky at twilight to coordinate once-a-year reproduction down to a 10 minute window.
August 8, 2014
After more than a decade of development and planning, the National Science Foundation has approved federal construction of the LSST.
Special Condensed Matter Seminar: "Ferromagnetism, Tactoids, and Smectic Correlations in Colloidal Liquid Crystal Suspensions of Inorganic Nanosheets”
November 24, 2014 - 3:00 pm
Noel Clark (University of Colorado Boulder)
David Rittenhouse Lab A8
December 3, 2014 - 2:00 pm
Suvrath Mahadevan (Penn State)
Condensed Matter Seminar: Light-induced Reconfiguration and Directed Motion of Chemo-responsive Gels
December 3, 2014 - 4:00 pm
Anna C. Balazs, University of Pittsburgh