Creating Atomic Water Filters

Penn Researchers work on new technology using nanomaterials to desalinate salt water. The research has the potential to increase the quantity and access to clean drinkable water in areas around the world. The study is led by Professor Marija Drndic, and graduate students Jothi Priyanka Thiruraman, Gopinath Danda, and Paul Masih Das.

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Penn Graduate Student Receives Springer Thesis Award

Kurt Brendlinger, who graduated in August 2016, worked on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider located in Geneva, Switzerland. The Penn ATLAS group is led by four faculty: Joseph Kroll, Elliot Lipeles, Hugh “Brig” Williams and Evelyn Thomson. The ATLAS collaboration consists of about 3,000 physicists; about 1,200 are graduate students.

Penn Researchers Get 'Hands on' for Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day

The research groups of Professors Marija Drndic and Arjun Yodh participated in the 8th annual Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day on February 3rd. The groups taught scientific concepts and gave hands-on physics demonstrations to crowds. The event attracted over 1,000 elementary and middle-school students and their families. 

Elon Musk Public Lecture: "Will Evolution and Information Theory Provide the Fundamentals of Physics?"

Join us for an evening with theoretical physicist Sylvester James Gates, Jr., as he talks about how the mathematical and theoretical aspects of his physics research have traversed concept spaces from equations to graphical imagery to coding theory error-correction, and how it points towards evidence that an evolution-like process may have acted on the mathematical laws that describe reality.

PhD Student Selected as a Winner of the 2017 Wiki Science Competition

PhD student Asja Radja’s image, "Three Species Pollen Grains,” was selected as one of the 25 winners of the 2017 Wiki Science Competition in the United States and will represent the United States at the international level.  The cover image is a scanning electron micrograph of false-colored Passiflora (passionvine), Spathiphyllum (peace lily), and Aster (daisy) pollen showing intraspecific pattern sta

Penn Researchers Give the ‘Rap’ on Liquid Science

video series  (6:30 mark) in partnership with Red Bull follows American rapper, GZA on his visit to Penn’s Center for Nanotechnology.  Teaming up with Professor A.T. Charlie Johnson and his lab group, they journey on a quest for knowledge hoping to discover new materials that will take us into the modern world. 


Penn Researchers Establish Universal Signature Fundamental to How Glassy Materials Fail

Penn Physicists Douglas Durian, Andrea Liu and Arjun Yodh were part of an LRSM-MRSEC team that published a recent Science paper exploring connections between particle rearrangements and microscopic structure in glasses.

Physics and Astronomy Professor Featured in Forbes

Professor Liang Wu of Physics and Astronomy has been selected in the annual Forbes ‘30 under 30’ in Science list in recognition of his influential work on electrodynamics of topological insulators. This new class of materials, which was theoretically proposed by Prof. Kane and Prof.

Principal of Condensed Matter: A Symposium in Honor of Tom Lubensky

A special symposium to honor of Professor Tom Lubensky was held at the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter, November 3/4, 2017. The symposium, which boasted well over 100 attendees comprised of researchers, former students, colleagues, and friends, celebrated Lubensky’s many contributions to Soft Matter Physics and recognized over 45 years of dedicated service to the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Congratulations, Tom!