Program Highlights for year 2013
One avenue to creating new materials with useful electronic properties is to take existing materials and modify their structure at the level of the bonds between the constituent atoms: this is feasible because the distribution of electrons around an atom is sensitive to subtle atomic-scale distortion of its bonds.
planar dynamics of a semi-flexible filament anchored at one end and comprised
of connected, self-propelled, spheres were predicted using Brownian dynamics
simulations and continuum elastic theory theory.
For certain parameter ranges the filament undergoes periodic motion. With a
Bridge Program for Physics Graduate Students
OSU, CEM and the OSU Department of Physics have established
and funded a M.S.‐to‐Ph.D. Bridge Program at OSU; OSU is one of
the first sites funded by the American Physical Society Bridge
Program. The program seeks to enhance the diversity of qualified
applicants to physics Ph.D. programs at OSU and at other
Anil Virkar, Ajay Nahata & Brian Saam
Leveraged new (non-MRSEC) funding $240k: Arion mill, laser marker, FIB dep materials, S/W.
Scientific Computing & Imaging integration of diverse imaging data sets.
Asymmetrical films of adhesive protein Mfp-5 show significantly higher reversible adhesion to smooth mica surfaces than the “gold standard” of noncovalent binding: well-ordered avidin-biotin interactions. The insights are crucial for intelligent translation of mussel adhesion to engineered systems.
UCSB Materials Research Laboratory’s “Models and Materials” Teacher Institute
teamed secondary art and science teachers to develop interdisciplinary
curriculum projects combining art and science with student-created models. Five
science and four art teachers from Santa Barbara and Ventura County schools
Altering crystal structure of unique magnetic films manipulates magnetization orientation
Magnetic anisotropy defines the functionality in many
applications including magnetic data storage, strong
permanent magnets, and electrical transformers.
Sr2FeMoO6 (SFMO) and Sr2CrReO6 (SCRO) are unique
magnetic materials whose strong anisotropy aligns with