• Finding better ways to pack polyhedrons
  • Pinwheel 'living' crystals
  • Entropy can lead to order
  • Tetrahedral quasicrystalline assembly
  • Nanoscale balancing act mirrors forces in living systems

Honors – FUTURE of Physics

September 7 2018
Congrats to Sophie Barterian, who was been selected to attend the FUTURE of Physics workshop at Caltech in November 2018.

PhD Defense

August 24 2018
Local structure in hard particle self-assembly and its failure

Congratulations to Erin Teich!

Awards – AIChE NSEF Forum Award

August 1 2018

Sharon Glotzer will give the 2018 NSEF Forum Plenary “Nano 2.0: From Discovery to Design” at the 2018 AIChE Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh on Monday, October 29th.

MeetUp – PyData Ann Arbor

August 7 2018

Carl Simon Adorf, Vyas Ramasubramani, and Bradley Dice will present signac at the next PyData Ann Arbor MeetUp Metadata and File Data Management with signac (Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 6:00-8:00 PM, TD Ameritrade, 201 S. Division, Suite 500, Ann Arbor, MI).

Paper – Folding polyhedra

July 3 2018

Universal folding pathways of polyhedron nets
Paul M. Dodd, Pablo F. Damasceno, and Sharon C. Glotzer
PNAS, published ahead of print (2018).

Paper – Strain in colloidal crystals

June 22 2018

Strain fields in repulsive colloidal crystals
Bryan VanSaders, Julia Dshemuchadse, and Sharon C. Glotzer
Phys. Rev. Materials 2 (6), 063604 (2018).

PhD Candidacies

May 16 2018

Congratulations to PhD Candidates Fengyi Gao and Kwanghwi Je!

Preliminary exam

May 11 2018

Congratulations to Allen LaCour!

Paper – Packing in cavities

April 28 2018

Shapes within shapes: how particles arrange inside a cavity
Duanduan Wan and Sharon C. Glotzer
Soft Matter 14 (16), 3012-3017 (2018).

Soft Matter cover:

PhD Defense

April 26 2018
Solid-Solid Transitions in Colloidal Matter

Congratulations to Chrisy Du!

PhD Defense

April 24 2018
Inverse Materials Design Employing Self-Folding and Extended Ensembles

Congratulations to Paul Dodd!

PhD Defense

April 20 2018
Understanding and Controlling Directional Entropic Forces in Hard Particle Self-Assembly

Congratulations to Andrew Karas!

Awards – Poster award

April 16 2018

Congrats to Matthew Spellings for earning First Place of the Judges’ Vote at the 2018 Microposter Session of the UM Biointerfaces Institute!

Paper – Crystal Descriptors

March 30 2018

Machine learning for crystal identification and discovery
Matthew Spellings and Sharon C. Glotzer
AIChE J., published online (2018).


April 3 2018

Congratulations to Allen LaCour for receiving an honorable mention for his application for an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!


March 27 2018

Congratulations to former Glotzer group member Eric Harper, who was selected to be an NRC Research Associate at AFRL!

Paper – Data and workflow management

February 20 2018

Simple Data and Workflow Management with the signac Framework
Carl S. Adorf, Paul M. Dodd, Vyas Ramasubramani, Sharon C. Glotzer
Journal of Computational Materials Science 146, 220-229 (2018).

The article highlights the open-source project’s main design philosophy, provides a little more background information on the implementation, and features some minimal examples on how to use signac and signac-flow. A rigorous performance benchmark demonstrates signac’s ability to handle even large data space sizes.

Preliminary exams

February 22 2017

Congratulations to Ben Swerdlow, Pengji Zhou, Luis Rivera-Rivera, Shannon Moran, and Will Zygmunt!

Paper – Packing & self-assembly

January 30 2018

Relevance of packing to colloidal self-assembly
Rose K. Cersonsky, Greg van Anders, Paul M. Dodd, and Sharon C. Glotzer
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 115 (7), 1439-1444 (2018).

News article on phys.org:
Close-packing rules may not guide nanoparticle self-assembly after all

Awards – MLK Spirit Awards

January 15 2018

Congrats to Rose Cersonsky and Shannon Moran, who both were awarded 2018 North Campus Deans’ Martin Luther King Spirit Awards!


November 30 2017

Glotzer group research was featured on the cover of the “NNI Supplement to the President’s 2018 Budget”, an annual report for the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI).

Awards – Poster award

November 14 2017

Congrats to Bryan VanSaders (“Structural Material Research” session, 3rd place) for his poster award at the Engineering Graduate Symposium!

Workshop – AIChE 2017

October 29 2017

We will be presenting a HOOMD-blue, signac, and Freud tutorial as part of the Hands On With Molecular Simulation workshop at the Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The workshop will feature an excellent collection of topics of interest to researchers working in the field of molecular simulations.

The paper with the title Managing Data Spaces, Performing MD, and Analyzing Trajectories with Signac, HOOMD-Blue, and Freud will be presented by Joshua A. Anderson and Simon C. Adorf on Sunday, October 29th, 2017 10:40AM-12:00PM. If you plan to attend the meeting, make sure to also get tickets for this event! The early-bird registration ends September 18th.

Awards – Service award

October 19 2017

Congrats to Rose Cersonsky, who was awarded the Nonna L. Hamilton Student Service Award at the 41st Annual Symposium of the Macromolecular Science & Engineering Program!

Media Coverage

October 13 2017

News article in The Michigan Engineering News Center:
Q&A with Sharon Glotzer

Media Coverage

October 13 2017

News article in The Michigan Engineering News Center:
Making the rules

PhD Defense

September 22 2017
Entropic Bonding in Nanoparticle and Colloidal Systems

Congratulations to Eric Harper!

Paper – Hard-polyhedron fluids

September 15 2017

Virial coefficients and equations of state for hard-polyhedron fluids
M. Eric Irrgang, Michael Engel, Andrew J. Schultz, David A Kofke, and Sharon C Glotzer
Langmuir 33 (42), 11788–11796 (2017)

Paper – Clusters in crystal growth

September 11 2017

On the Form and Growth of Complex Crystals: The Case of Tsai-Type Clusters
Jean E. Taylor, Erin G. Teich, Pablo F. Damasceno, Yoav Kallus, Marjorie Senechal
Symmetry 9 (9), 188 (2017)

Paper – Tunable emergent structures

August 11 2017

Tunable emergent structures and traveling waves in mixtures of passive and contact-triggered-active particles
M. Agrawal, I. R. Bruss, and S. C. Glotzer
Soft Matter, vol. online 11, Advance Article (2017)

Paper – UM Macro-ACS POLY/PMSE Outreach

July 24 2017

Augmenting Primary and Secondary Education with Polymer Science and Engineering
Rose K. Cersonsky, Leanna L. Foster, Taeyong Ahn, Ryan J. Hall, Harry van der Laan, Timothy F. Scott
J. Chem. Educ. 94 (11), 1639–1646 (2017)

Awards – Fellowship

July 19 2017

Congratulations to Shannon Moran (again!), who was selected as a winner of an ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational & Data Science Fellowship.

News article on insideHPC:
Announcing the SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowship Winners

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