Research Nuggets
2017 – 2018

Curves Alter Crystallization

Scientists have studied crystallization since the time of Galileo, so it's easy to imagine there's nothing new to learn about the process. Work reported by MRSEC researchers Manoharan, Nelson, and coworkers in Science (Feb. 7, 2014), however, has uncovered a previously unseen phenomenon — that curved surfaces can dramatically alter the shape of crystals as they form (above). The finding could have applications ranging from applying coatings to nanoparticles used in industry to aiding in drug delivery, and may even help shed light on how viruses assemble.

2018

image of Colliding Smoke Rings: Visualizing Turbulence at New Length Scales
Colliding Smoke Rings:
Visualizing Turbulence at New Length Scales
image of Crumpling Soda Cans: Predicting the Stability Landscape of Shell Buckling
Crumpling Soda Cans:
Predicting the Stability Landscape of Shell Buckling
image of Digital Assembly of Liquid Crystal Elastomer Actuators with Spatially Programmed Nematic Order
Digital Assembly of Liquid Crystal Elastomer Actuators
with Spatially Programmed Nematic Order
image of Forward-Looking Metalens</a><br />Adaptive Metalens
Forward-Looking Metalens
Adaptive Metalens
image of How the Cookie Sheet Crumples: New Insights into Material Deterioration and Failure
How the Cookie Sheet Crumples:
New Insights into Material Deterioration and Failure
image of Community College Partnerships: Recruiting Veterans into Materials Science Research Careers
Community College Partnerships:
Recruiting Veterans into Materials Science Research Careers
image of Hands-on Science Labs Inspire Native American High School Students
Hands-on Science Labs Inspire
Native American High School Students
image of Raising visibility of NSF MRSEC program< at the Materials Research Society meeting
Raising visibility of NSF MRSEC program
at the Materials Research Society meeting
image of International Industrial Partnership: Developing an Microfluidic Acoustic Wave Cell Sorter
International Industrial Partnership:
Developing an Microfluidic Acoustic Wave Cell Sorter
image of Nexus of Engineering and Societal Needs - Partnership between Harvard and UTEC (Lima, Peru)
Nexus of Engineering and Societal Needs
Partnership between Harvard & UTEC (Lima, Peru)

2017

image of Tough Adhesives for Wet Surfaces
Tough Adhesives
for Wet Surfaces
image of Controlled Self-Assembly of Optical Microstructures
Controlled Self-Assembly
of Optical Microstructures
image of Nanofiber Yarns Fabricated by Immersion Rotary Jet Spinning
Nanofiber Yarns
Fabricated by Immersion Rotary Jet Spinning
image of Science in Three Dimensions Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists
Science in Three Dimensions
Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists
image of Spreading MRSEC Technology Internationally to Create New High-tech Jobs at Home
Spreading MRSEC Technology Internationally
to Create New High-tech Jobs at Home
image of New.Mech Workshop for the New England Mechanics Community
New.Mech Workshop
for the New England Mechanics Community