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Swellable Colloidal Particles are Swel

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 4:00pm

Seminar Location: 

  • Duane Physics Room G1B20

Speaker Name(s): 

Arjun Yodh

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

University of Pennsylvania
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • Physics Department Colloquium

Event Details & Abstract: 

Suspensions composed of temperature-sensitive hydrogel particles permit easy control of colloidal packing and concurrent viewing by video microscopy [1]. I will describe a group of experiments from my lab that exploit these novel features to explore fundamental condensed matter physics phenomenology ranging from phase transition mechanisms in crystals [2] to mechanisms of rearrangement in glasses [3].

[1]   Yunker, P.J., Chen, K., Gratale, M.D., Lohr, M.A., Still, T., Yodh, A.G., Reports on Progress in Physics 77, 056601 (Epub 2014).
[2]   A.M. Alsayed, M.F. Islam, J. Zhang, P.J. Collings, A.G. Yodh, Science 309, 1207-1210 (2005); Y. Han, Y. Shokef, A. Alsayed, P. Yunker, T. C. Lubensky, A. G. Yodh,  Nature 456, 898-903 (2008); Peng, Y., Wang, F., Wang, Z., Alsayed, A.M., Zhang, Z., Yodh, A.G., and Han, Y., Nature Materials (Epub 2014).
[3]   Chen, K., Ellenbroek, W.G., Zhang, Z.X., Chen, D.T.N., Yunker, P.J., Henkes, S., Brito, C., Dauchot, O., van Saarloos, W., Liu, A.J., and Yodh, A.G., Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 025501 (2010); Chen, K., Manning, M.L., Yunker, P.J., Ellenbroek, W.G., Zhang, Z., Liu, A.J., and Yodh, A.G., Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 108301 (2011); Still, T., Goodrich. C.P., Chen, K., Yunker, P.J., Schoenholz, S., Liu, A.J., and Yodh, A.G., Phys. Rev. E 89, (2014).