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Arjun G. YodhReappointed Director of LRSM, Professor Arjun Yodh

Vice Provost for Research Dawn Bonnell is pleased to announce the reappointment of Professor Arjun Yodh as Director of the Laboratory on the Structure of Matter (LRSM) for a six-year term ending June 30, 2020.

Professor Yodh is James M. Skinner Professor of Science in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the School of Arts and Sciences. He has taught at Penn since 1988, following a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at AT&T Bell Laboratories.  A fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America, he has published more than 270 papers and has been a Sloan Fellow, a NSF Presidential Young Investigator, and an ONR Young Investigator, among other honors. He received his PhD (1986) and MS (1982) in Physics from Harvard University and BSc (1981) from the College of Engineering at Cornell University.

In his first term as Director of the LRSM, Prof. Yodh led the highly successful renewal of the $22 million National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) award under extremely competitive conditions. Penn's MRSEC award was the largest one nationwide. He also devoted significant attention to building a pipeline for future leaders in science and engineering. To this end, the LRSM has developed numerous educational outreach programs for students in local K-12 schools, for undergraduates at colleges and universities throughout the region, and for the general public. These programs enrich their knowledge and appreciation of materials research and couple the LRSM to industry, government, and the local community.

The LRSM was established in 1960 as one of the nations first interdisciplinary materials research centers and, for more than fifty years, has been the center for materials research at Penn. With well over 50 active members, it facilitates collaborations among faculty from different departments and Schools and promotes links to partners across industry, government, academe, and society at large.

Teacher as Hero Award Trey Smith
Trey Smith

John 'Trey' Smith, a former participant in the LRSM "Research Experience for Teachers" program in 2012, who worked on a research project on protein folding with Prof. Feng Gai in the Chemistry department. He is having a positive impact on the Philadelphia education system, for which he has received the 2013-14 Teacher as Hero Award from the National Liberty Museum. Read more about his achievements and future in Washington in Penn News.

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LRSM Science Café @ World Cafe LiveLRSM Science Café @ World Cafe Live

The LRSM Science Café has formed a new partnership with World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA), just off the Penn campus and only two blocks from the LRSM building. Beginning in January, 2013, our Science Cafés will be held in the upstairs room at WCL, starting at 6:30 pm. This is a larger venue than usual and we encourage attendees to come early for dinner before the presentation which will last, typically, 30-45 minutes and be followed by an open discussion session between speaker and the audience. The WCL is readily accessible by train, 30th St. Station, bus, 9, 21 and 42, and car, by on-street Pay and Display parking.

[ more on the Science Café program ]

Russell J. CompostoRussell J. Composto receives NSF Special Creativity Award

The award recognizes his pioneering research on the dispersion and assembly of gold nanorods confined to polymer nanolayers and their potential applications for optical property control.
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Dennis DischerDennis Discher Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Dennis E. Discher, Robert D. Bent Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. For elucidation of the effects of mechanical forces on cell physiology and stem cell development.
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Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day, February 4, 2012
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Charlie Kane, 2012 Oliver E. Buckley Prize

Charles KaneProf. Charlie Kane will be awarded the 2012 Oliver E. Buckley Prize in Condensed Matter Physics by the American Physical Society. Professor Kane and two other researchers are being recognized "For the prediction and subsequent discovery of the new phase of matter known as topological insulators in two dimensions, also known as quantum spin Hall insulators, which lead to its generalization and prediction in three dimensional system." The Buckley Prize will be presented at the APS March 2012 meeting in Boston, MA Feb. 27-March 2, 2012 at a special Ceremonial session.
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Lukes and Winkelstein named 2012 Penn Fellows

NIMS WorkshopLRSM-NIMS Materials Workshop
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Andrew Rappe: "Stressing the Most Important (Dirac) Points"

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"Editor's Suggestion" Physical Review B, v84
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Inside cover Advanced Materials, December 8, 2011

Pillar-Assisted Epitaxial Assembly of Toric Focal Conic Domains of Smectic-A Liquid Crystals

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LRSM awarded a six-year MRSEC grant from the NSF
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figureDaniel A. Hammer
Sensing membrane stress with near IR-emissive porphyrins

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Left: Sukekatsu Ushioda, NIMS presidentRight: Prof. Yodh, LRSM-UPenn directorSigning Ceremony of the Comprehensive Collaborative Agreement between LRSM and the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)



Pillar-Assisted Epitaxial Assembly of Toric Focal Conic Domains of Smectic-A Liquid CrystalsAdvanced Materials inside cover article, Kamien, Stebe & Yang
Pillar-Assisted Epitaxial Assembly of Toric Focal Conic Domains of Smectic-A Liquid Crystals, December 8, 2011


Philly Materials Science and Engineering DayPhilly Materials Science and Engineering Day
a Penn, Drexel & WHYY event on Saturday, February 5, 2011


Physical Review Focus article on How Thin Films MeltPhysical Review Focus
article on "How Thin Films Melt", Arjun Yodh and Yilong Han


Percec, Science Mag. May 2010SCIENCE MAGAZINE (5/21/10)
Self-Assembly of Janus Dendrimers into Uniform Dendrimersomes and Other Complex Architectures, Hammer/Percec/Klein


Nanotechnologists at Penn and Columbia Reveal the Frictional Characteristics of Atomically Thin SheetsNanotechnologists at Penn and Columbia Reveal the Frictional Characteristics of Atomically Thin Sheets

Soft Matter Cover / April 7, 2010
Soft Matter Cover / April 7, 2010

 

Centimeter-scale Binary Nanocrystal Superlatices
The group of Prof. Chris Murray (Chemistry and Materials Science) has created a method to rapidly grow centimeter-scale membranes of binary nanocrystal superlattices by crystallizing a mixture of nanocrystals on a liquid surface. In a MRSEC collaboration involving the group of Prof. Jay Kikkawa (Physics) and the Property Measurement Shared Equipment Facility, they have studied the hybrid magnetic properties of these new materials.
[ press release ] [ Nature article ] [ Army Research Office ]


Dendrimersomes Debut

Dendrimersomes Debut
Supramolecular Chemistry: Self-assembled dendrimer-based structures could deliver drugs, other substances. Virgil Percec
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Janus Dendrimers

LRSM work on the Janus dendrimers is highlighted on NSF home page
LRSM work on the Janus dendrimers is highlighted on NSF.GOV


Science, May 2010

Percec, Science Mag. May 2010 SCIENCE MAGAZINE (5/21/10)
Self-Assembly of Janus Dendrimers into Uniform Dendrimersomes and Other Complex Architectures, Hammer/Percec/Klein


COMPASS (Complex Assemblies of Soft Matter)
1st COMPASS Symposium, April 29, 2010

Burstein Lecture / 2010
Burstein Lecture Series in Materials Science

Arjun Yodh Photo credit: Candace diCarlo

Arjun Yodh

The James M. Skinner Professor of Science, and newest director if the LRSM featured in the Penn Current.


 
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