Congratulations to former postdoc Tom Machon

Tom Machon wins 2018 Glenn Brown Dissertation Prize of the International Liquid Crystal Society For the advancement of geometric and topological methods in the theory of liquid crystals, especially in the description of knotted disclinations and the global homotopy classification of nematic textures.

Spring 2018 – Department Awards

Congratulations to all!

The Elias Burstein Prize – Lisa Tran

Herbert B. Callen Memorial Prize –Jing (Jill) Cai

Arnold M. Denenstein Prize – Ashley Baker

William E. Stephens Prize – Kevin Chen and Jonah Peter

Thomas H. Wood Prize – Alexander Seidel and Lakshay Sharma

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