• 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

Awards – Outstanding Service

May 12 2017

​​​​Outstanding Service (Award Sponsored by ​Andrew & Tiffany Ross and Yiping Lim & Edith Yates):
Shannon Moran and Vyas Ramasubramani, awarded at the ChE Graduate Symposium 2017.
“Shannon was recognized for her enthusiasm and dependable service, leadership, and community building. She has served the greater UM community by developing an engineering communications workshop. In the department, she was a co-chair for the 2017 Recruitment Weekends and serves as a Peer Mentor in the First Year Mentoring Program.​ ​Vyas was recognized for his energy, approachability, and community building skills. He has served the greater UM community through mentoring incoming students. Within the department, he served as a co-chair for the 2017 Recruitment Weekends, and serves as a Peer Mentor in the first Year Mentoring Program.​ ​​Nominators said that Shannon and Vyas have taken the department by storm and have had a tremendous impact on the department during their first two years- individually and as a team. Congratulations, Shannon and Vyas!”

Awards – Best Presentation

May 4 2017

Congratulations to Rose Cersonsky, whose presentation at the MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix in April 2017 made 2nd place in the CMS Student Presentation Contest of the “Computer-Based Modeling and Experiment for the Design of Soft Materials” session.

Paper – Melting polygons

April 5 2017

Shape and Symmetry Determine Two-Dimensional Melting Transitions of Hard Regular Polygons
Joshua A. Anderson, James Antonaglia, Jaime A. Millan, Michael Engel, Sharon C. Glotzer
Phys. Rev. X. 7, 021001 (2017)


April 4 2017

Congratulations to Shannon Moran for winning an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

Congratulations to Chrisy Xiyu Du for winning a 2017-2018 Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship!

Media Coverage

March 8 2017

News article in Quanta Magazine:
‘Digital Alchemist’ Seeks Rules of Emergence

News article on Wired:
A ‘Digital Alchemist’ Unravels the Mysteries of Complexity

Paper – Colloidal clathrate

March 3 2017

Clathrate colloidal crystals
Haixin Lin, Sangmin Lee, Lin Sun, Matthew Spellings, Michael Engel, Sharon C. Glotzer, Chad A. Mirkin
Science 355 (6328), 931-935 (2017)

News article on physicsworld.com:
Flash Physics: Intricate crystals made with DNA, laser harnesses Josephson effect, borophene has Dirac cones

News article on Michigan Engineering:
Most complex nanoparticle crystal ever made by design

YouTube video on Michigan Engineering:
LabLog | Nanoscale bipyramids self-assemble with DNA

Perspective article in Science:
Clathrates grow up
Dipak Samanta, Rafal Klajn, Science 355 (6328), 912 (2017)

Awards – MRS Fellow

January 31 2017

Sharon C. Glotzer has been elected a Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS), honoring her for her “groundbreaking work on computational description of nanoparticle self-organization phenomena leading to new classes of advanced materials”.

Awards – Best Presentation

January 29 2017

Congratulations to Matthew Spellings, whose paper at the Annual AIChE Meeting in San Francisco in November 2016 was identified as “Best Presentation” of his session.

Media Coverage

January 4 2017

News article on U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, ASCR (Advancing Science Through Computing) Discovery:
Molecular arrangements: A University of Michigan team uses high-performance computing at Oak Ridge to predict how crystals form

News article on Michigan Engineering:
A crystal ball for crystal formation

PhD Candidacy

December 6 2016

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Luis Rivera-Rivera!

Awards – Poster awards

November 11 2016

Congrats to Shannon Moran (Chemical Physics, 2nd place) and Rose Cersonsky (Materials Science and Engineering, 3rd place) for their poster awards at the Engineering Graduate Symposium!

Congrats also to Eric Harper (Silver Award) for his oral presentation award at the MSE Graduate Symposium!

Paper – Nanoparticle quasicrystal

September 26 2016

Quasicrystalline nanocrystal superlattice with partial matching rules
X. Ye, J. Chen, M. E. Irrgang, M. Engel, A. Dong, S. C. Glotzer, C. B. Murray
Nat. Mater. 16, 214–219 (2017)

News article on Michigan Engineering:
New rules for quasicrystals discovered

PhD Defense

September 12 2016
Plastic Crystals and Chiral Phases of Regular Hard Polygon Systems

Congratulations to Wenbo Shen!

Awards – Alpha Chi Sigma Award & AIChE Fellow

August 17 2016

Sharon C. Glotzer has been awarded the Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research and has been named a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, through election by the Board of Directors of AIChE.

Paper – Disordered Photonics

July 27 2016

Role of Short-Range Order and Hyperuniformity in the Formation of Band Gaps in Disordered Photonic Materials
L. S. Froufe-Pérez, M. Engel, P. F. Damasceno, N. Muller, J. Haberko, S. C. Glotzer, F. Scheffold
Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 053902 (2016)

Physics Olympiad

July 2016

In APS News: Chrisy Du co-coached the 2016 U.S. Physics Olympiad Team!

Paper – Tetrahedra & octahedra

July 1 2016

Self-assembly of a space-tessellating structure in the binary system of hard tetrahedra and octahedra
A. T. Cadotte, J. Dshemuchadse, P. F. Damasceno, R. S. Newman, S. C. Glotzer
Soft Matter, Advance Article (2016)

Soft Matter Cover:

PhD Candidacy

May 18 2016

Congratulations to PhD Candidates Sangmin Lee, William Zygmunt, Shannon Moran, and Vyas Ramasubramani!

Preliminary exam

May 13 2015

Congratulations to Simon Adorf and Mayank Agrawal!

Paper – Depletion and hard shapes

May 12 2016

Using depletion to control colloidal crystal assemblies of hard cuboctahedra
Andrew S. Karas, Jens Glaser, Sharon C. Glotzer
Soft Matter 12, 5199-5204 (2016)

PhD Defense

May 9 2016
Crystallization in Systems of Hard Polyhedra

Congratulations to Richmond Newman!

PhD Defense

May 4 2016
Nucleation and clustering of metastable hard polyhedra fluids

Congratulations to Samanthule Nola!

National Lab Science Day

April 20 2016

Sharon Glotzer participating in a panel at the Department of Energy’s National Lab Day on Capitol Hill on April 20, 2016.


April 15 2016

Congratulations to Matthew Spellings for winning a 2016-2017 Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship!

Congratulations to Erin Teich for winning a 2016-2017 Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship!

Congratulations to Will Zygmunt and Ben Swerdlow for winning a 2016 National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Graduate Fellowship!

Congratulations to Shannon Moran for receiving an honorable mention for her application for an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!


April 12 2016

The Glotzer Group is a designated NVIDIA GPU Research Center and now HOOMD-blue serves as one of the codes that NVIDIA used to benchmark their new datacenter GPU Tesla P100!
Find more information here: NVIDIA Tesla P100 – Unleashing Infinite Compute for the Modern Data Center.

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