• 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

Paper – Packing in cavities

April 28 2018

Shapes within shapes: how particles arrange inside a cavity
Duanduan Wan and Sharon C. Glotzer
oft 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!

Paper – Simple data and workflow management with signac

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 Annual Meeting 2017 in Minneapolis, MN

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

Awards – Scholarship

June 22 2017

Congratulations to Shannon Moran, who was chosen to be a Point Scholar by the Point Foundation.
You can read more on Shannon’s profile on the Point Foundation’s website.

News article on Advocate:
Meet the Point Foundation’s Class of 2017

News article on PR Newswire:
Point Foundation Scholarships for 52 LGBTQ Students

Awards – Chemical Engineering chair

June 15 2017

Congratulations to Sharon C. Glotzer who will be the new Anthony C. Lembke Department Chair, effective July 1.

News article in the Michigan Engineering News Center:
Sharon Glotzer named next Chemical Engineering chair

Awards – Fellowship

June 14 2017

Congratulations to James Proctor, who was awarded a 2017-2018 MICDE Fellowship.

Announcement on the MICDE website:
MICDE announces 2017-2018 Fellowship recipients

Preliminary exams

May 31 2017

Congratulations to Sangmin Lee, Bryan VanSaders, and Vyas Ramasubramani!

PhD Candidacies

May 31 2017

Congratulations to PhD Candidates Yein Lim, Allen Lacour, and Alex Adams!

Paper – Shape-driven transition

May 16 2017

Shape-driven solid–solid transitions in colloids
Chrisy Xiyu Du, Greg van Anders, Richmond S. Newman, Sharon C. Glotzer
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 114 (20), E3892–E3899 (2017)

News article on phys.org:
Modeling morphology: Solid-solid phase transitions based on colloidal particle shape changes

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)

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