Our research group is based at Princeton
University in the
Department of Chemistry,
Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials, and the Princeton Center for Theoretical
Science. We also have affiliations with three other departments
Applied and Computational Mathematics,
and Mechanical &
Aerospace Engineering. Research work in the group is centered in statistical mechanics and soft condensed matter theory.
Topics of current interest include unusual low-temperature states of matter, packing problems, structure and bulk properties of colloids, liquids, glasses, quasicrystals and crystals, hyperuniform disordered materials, novel photonic materials, discrete geometry, self-assembly theory, disordered heterogeneous materials, optimization in materials science, and modeling the dynamics of tumor growth.
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Recent News From the Group
- February 3rd, 2016: Inverse Design of Disordered Stealthy Hyperuniform Spin Chains is published in Physical Review B and is chosen as an Editor's suggeston.
- January 2016: An article in Discover Magazine covering Existence of Isostatic, Maximally Random Jammed Monodisperse Hard-Disk Packings is chosen as one of the Top 100 Stories of 2015.
- December 27th, 2015: Confined Disordered Strictly Jammed Binary Sphere Packings is published in Physical Review E.
- December 15th, 2015: Hard Convex Lens-shaped Particles: Densest-known Packings and Phase Behavior is published in The Journal of Chemical Physics.
- December 15th, 2015: Frank Stillinger has published Energy Landscapes, Inherent Structures, and Condensed-Matter Phenomena.
- November 16th, 2015: A Geometric-Structure Theory for Maximally Random Jammed Packings is published in Scientific Reports.
- October 15th, 2015: The isotropic MST potential that stabilizes the diamond crystal as a ground state has been shown to exhibit both water-like and silica-like structural, thermodynamic and transport anomalies in the phase diagram associated with this potential.
- September 23rd, 2015: Effective Diffusion Coefficients in Random Packings of Polydisperse Hard Spheres from Two-point and Three-point Correlation Functions is published in Journal of Applied Physics.
- August 28th, 2015: The Phase Diagram of High-Pressure Superionic Ice is published in Nature Communications. A press release is also on the department website as well as articles on Science 360 and Princeton Journal Watch.
- August 13th, 2015: Ground States of Stealthy Hyperuniform Potentials: I. Entropically Favored Configurations and Ground States of Stealthy Hyperuniform Potentials: II. Stacked-Slider Phases are published in Physical Review E.
- May 29th, 2015: Ensemble Theory of Stealthy Hyperuniform Disordered Ground States is published in Physical Review X. The article may be viewed for free from the journal.
- March 4th, 2015: Existence of Isostatic, Maximally Random Jammed Monodisperse Hard-Disk Packings has been featured in a press release and interview by the Department of Chemistry.