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Images of disordered lattices, overlayed with the rigid clusters

Characterizing failure in disordered materials

Postdoc Estelle Berthier has been working to understand how disordered materials fail, using structures created with a variety of connectivities via a laser-cutter. In collaboration...

Defining precursors of ground failure

Our research group has had some success over the past few years, analyzing timeseries and networks to forecast where failures will occur in laboratory materials....

Fingering and Fracturing in Soft Materials

In May, Karen Daniels gave a keynote talk at the SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems on the group’s work into a variety of...

Granular Experiments in Zero-G

In November 2018, we had a chance to fly a set of granular experiments on parabolic flights funded by NASA. Karen Daniels and undergraduate Tristan...

What’s keramicity?

Congrats to Ephraim Bililign ’17 for his recent paper being the subject of an APS Physics Synopsis — and for introducing a new work “keramicity”...

Melia wins poster prize for active matter research

Congrats to undergrad Melia Kendall, for winning the prize for best undergraduate poster in condensed matter/materials physics at the National Society for Black Physicists annual...
Annular shear cell with leaf spring boundary

Congrats to Zhu!

Congratulations to Zhu Tang, who defended her PhD thesis “Fluid Dynamics of the Evolution of Supernova Remnants and Granular Materials” and has accepted a job...

Symmetry-reversals in twirly active matter

Sometimes, it takes a village to make a project happen! Following on a summer project with Triangle MRSEC REU student Gustavo Ramirez (visiting from Hunter...

Forecasting Failure through Passive Acoustics

Our lab is interested in how granular materials fail, particularly through stick-slip motion, in ways that resemble earthquakes. Inspired by seismographs, we have been listening...

The Leading Strand: Science Meets Design

During Spring 2018, designer-in-residence Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya brought The Leading Strand to NC State, matching pairs of science and design faculty to work on creating an exhibit...
Sample images of eGaIn spreading

Liquid metals forming fractals

We have a new paper in Physical Review Letters showing how the formation of an oxide layer controls the spreading (or not) of eutectic gallium...