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MATERIALS RESEARCH SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING CENTER

Interdisiplinary Research Groups (IRG)

 

Importance

• New forms of partially ordered materials

• Self-organize matter by cyclic processing

• New paradigm for understanding absorbing states:

- dynamic memory (Nagel)

- flux lattice organization in

  superconductors (Reichhardts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Driven and Active Matter

(IRG 1)

 

Molecular Crystal

Growth Mechanism

(IRG 2)

 

 

Importance 

• Polymorphs are like hurricanes – hard to predict, harder to control

• Prediction of crystal structure from molecular structure: is an unresolved challenge for materials design

• Structures of nuclei unknown

Fundamental Issues

• New techniques required

• Focus on experimentally relevant free energies

• Invention of enhanced sampling techniques

Fundamental Issues

• How general is this phenomena?

• Role of irreversibility: friction, collisions,

  evolution of system to collision-free (absorbing)

  states

• Dynamical phase transition – is there a geometric

  interpretation?