Applied Physics 298r

Interdisciplinary Chemistry, Engineering and Physics

Spring 2006


Come and learn about the research carried out in the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). The AP298r lectures will be given by a team of faculty members associated with the MRSEC, and will be pedagogical in style. The seminar course will provide a broad overview of topics in materials research and engineering with examples drawn from areas of research of current interest to members of the MRSEC, including mechanisms of deformation, confined fluids and biophysics. The requirements of the course will include a paper and an oral presentation on one of the topics.

Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:00-1:30 p.m. in Pierce 209

First class: Wednesday, February 1

AP298r Schedule

Mechanisms of Deformation
Date Instructor Topic
Feb. 1 David A. Weitz

Soft materials

Feb. 6 Vinothan Manoharan Introduction to colloids
Feb. 8 Vinothan Manoharan Colloid engineering
Feb. 13 Joost Vlassak Mechanical behavior of thin films and coatings
Feb. 15 Frans A. Spaepen Dislocations in colloidal crystals
Feb. 20 School Holiday President's Day - School Holiday
Feb. 22 Zvonimir Dogic Entropy and chirality in the self-assembly of biopolymers
Feb. 27 Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan Bulk elastic and inelastic behavior of solids
Mar. 6 Frans A. Spaepen Dislocations in colloidal crystals
Confined Fluids
Mar. 8

Howard A. Stone

Fluid dynamics: Physical ideas, the Navier-Stokes equations, and thin film flows
Mar. 13 Melissa Holbrook How to build a hydraulic rope: Stabilizing water under tension in the xylem of tall trees
Mar. 15 Armand Ajdari Electro-hydrodynamic couplings in the world of colloids and microfluidics
Mar. 22 Debra Auguste Tumor biology and liposome delivery
Mar. 27 Spring Break Spring Break
Mar. 29 Spring Break Spring Break
Apr. 3 George Whitesides Bubbles and droplets in microfluidic systems
Apr. 5 Howard A. Stone Microfluidics: Basic ideas and applications
Mar. 1 Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan Low dimensional elastic and inelastic behavior of solids
Mar. 20 Naama Barkai Patterning networks: Focus on the fruit fly Drosophila
Apr. 10 Amit Meller Single molecules fluorescence technique
Apr. 12 Mara G. Prentiss Probing the elastic properties of single DNA molecules
Apr. 17 Donald Ingber Cellular biophysics, mechanotransduction and developmental control
Apr. 19 Kevin K. Parker Mechanotransduction in the heart
Apr. 24 David R. Nelson Polymers and Biophysics
Apr. 26 David J. Mooney Using material mechanical properties as a variable to regulate cell fate
May 1 Howard C. Berg Bacterial chemotaxis: Coping with life on the micron scale
May 3 Aravinthan Samuel Low Reynolds number swimming through viscous fluids
May 8 Reading Period  
May 10 Reading Period  
May 15 Reading Period  
May 17 Exams  
May 22 Exams  
May 24 Exams  


Updated 4.4.06.