Condensed Matter physicists study matter in its nearly unlimited variety of condensed states from liquids to crystalline solids, from thin films to fabricated or chemically-synthesized nanostructures, from quantum Hall electron gases to superconductors, from carbon nanotubes to liquid crystals, and from amorphous structures to complex fluids. We seek both to clarify the fundamental issues behind the striking properties of these systems, and to illuminate their potential for useful application in many areas from electronics to biology and medicine. Condensed matter physics underlies many key devices of information technology, including the transistor, the solid-state laser, optical fiber, magnetic storage media, the liquid crystal display. The Condensed Matter research at Penn is organized around three broadly defined groups: Quantum Matter, Soft Matter and Living Matter.
Bo Zhen, Assistant Professor, has been selected for a 2021 Sloan Research Fellowship as one of "128 early-careeRead More
Liang Wu, Assistant Professor, leads two studies that "demonstrate how two related metal alloys, cobalt monosilicide andRead More
Liang Wu, Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, was selected for the prestigious Outstanding Young Researcher Award (Macronix Prize) by the International Organization of CRead More
Exciting study on atomic-scale apertures from graduate student Jothi Priyanka Thiruraman, postdoc Paul Masih Das, and Prof. Marija Drndić published
Researchers from the Drndić Lab have published an exciting new study that "shows the ionic transport properties of these pores, with promise for applications in water purification and desalinationRead More