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  • Energy release rate for cracks in hydrogels undergoing finite deformations
    Konstantinos Garyfallogiannis, Prashant K Purohit, John L Bassani   The rupture of hydrogels and swellable elastomers involves large deformations, and there exists a large literature devoted to their experimental characterization including methods for measuring and enhancing fracture toughness. Analytical investigations of the fracture of hydrogels have recognized the importance of large deformations and the contributions of liquid flow, but…
  • Douglas Durian
    Doug Durian elected AAAS Fellow
    Doug Durian, co-founder and Assistant Director of the Center for Soft and Living Matter, is one of ten Penn faculty elected as a fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The AAAS is one of the largest generalized scientific societies in the world and recognizes significant contributors every year. Prof. Durian…
  • 20 years of solid-state nanopores (Marija Drndić)
    (Marija Drndić) Nature Reviews Physics : https://doi.org/10.1038/s42254-021-00363-w   Nanopores are small holes in structures that can be used to electrically probe matter at nanometre scales and for single-particle analysis. Organic nanopores exist in nature, but it was not clear how to create similar pores on robust solid-state platforms. Twenty years ago, a single solid-state nanopore…
  • Danielle Bassett named APS Fellow
    Danielle Bassett, a member of the center and Professor of Bioengineering with a dual appointment in Physics and Astronomy, was just named an American Physical Society (APS) Fellow! The APS is a large professional organization dedicated to the research and application of physical phenomena in a multitude of fields. APS fellows are recognized for their…
  • Marc Miskin
    Marc Miskin named 2021 Packard Fellow
    Marc Miskin, a member of the center and Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering, has been named a 2021 Packard Fellow for his group's work in microscale robotics. Packard Fellows are early career researchers who are recognized for both their contributions and potential for future research in their field. The Fellowship program is designed to…
  • Zahra Fakhraai
    Zahra Fakhraai Given Rising Star Award by the ACS Women in Chemistry Committee
    Zahra Fakhraai, a member of the center and Professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been given the Rising Star Award by the American Chemical Society's (ACS) Women in Chemistry Committee (WCC). The WCC grants this award to outstanding members of the ACS who exhibit exceptional promise at what is typically a mid-career level. Recipients…
  • Marc Miskin
    Marc Miskin named to MIT Technology Review's "35 Under 35" Innovators
    Marc Miskin, assistant professor of electrical and systems engineering and a member of the center, has recently been named to the MIT Technology Review's "35 under 35" Innovators. The MIT Technology Review is an independent media organization that focuses on scientific knowledge and accuracy in its content. Its 35 under 35 list is published with…
  • Robert W. Carpick
    Robert Carpick receives 2021 AVSNanotechnology Recognition Award
    Robert Carpick, a member of the center and John Henry Towne Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, with a dual-appointment in Materials Science and Engineering, has received the 2021 AVS Nanotechnology Recognition Award. This award is designed for members of AVS that have advanced the science of nanotechnology fabrication and characterization on fundamental and…
  • Penn Researcher Featured in APS News
    In the article "Programming Matter to do a Computer's Job," author Sophia Chen talks about current research using physical circuits to perform tasks typical of computers. This research was a heavy feature of the 2021 APS March Meeting  Featured in this article is postdoctoral researcher Sam Dillavou and his research into electrical circuits that learn.…
  • Eric Stach named Materials Research Society Fellow
    Eric Stach, a member of the center and professor in Materials Science and Engineering, has been elected a fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS). The MRS is one of the foremost groups in the advancement of materials science, dedicated to innovation, outreach, and improvement in quality of life. MRS Fellows are members who have…