Franklin Institute Award: David Weitz

Physics of Soft Matter: Self-Assembling, Responsive, Smart, (and Squishy!)

portrait of David WeitzDavid Weitz

Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and of Applied Physics
Harvard UniversityBenjamin Franklin Medal

Recipient of the 2024 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science

April 17, 2024
8:00 – 11:15 AM


Rose Recital Hall, Room 419
Fisher-Bennet Hall
University of Pennsylvania

Organizers: Peter Collings, Arjun Yodh


8:00 – 8:30 AM Beverages, Breads, and Pastries
8:30 – 8:40 AM Welcome
Session I (Chair: Andrea Liu, University of Pennsylvania)
8:40 – 9:00 AM Paul Chaikin, Physics, New York University
  “Artificial DNA Heat Engines/Muscles”
9:00 – 9:20 AM John Crocker, CBE, University of Pennsylvania
  “Exploring Canyons in Glassy Energy Landscapes”
9:20 – 9:40 AM Douglas Durian, Physics, University of Pennsylvania
  “Networks that Physically Learn Complex Functionality”
9:40 – 10:00 AM Daeyeon Lee, CBE, University of Pennsylvania
  “Microfluidics to Macro Impact: Manufacturing Marvels”
10:00 – 10:30 AM Break
Session II (Chair: Philip Nelson, University of Pennsylvania)
10:30 – 10:50 AM Chinedum Osuji, CBE, University of Pennsylvania
  “Self-assembly and Demixing of Liquid Crystal Mesophases”
10:50 – 11:20 AM Eleni Katifori, Physics, University of Pennsylvania
  “Powering Flows”
11:20 – 11:30 AM Arnold Mathijssen, Physics, University of Pennsylvania
  “Emergence of Collective Functionalities in Active Matter”


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This event is sponsored by:

The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter

The Department of Physics and Astronomy

The Franklin Institute