Awards – NRC Research Associateship

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

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)

Awards – Fellowships

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 exams

May 13 2016
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.

Awards – Fellowships

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.

Paper – Hard particle Monte Carlo

March 4 2016

Scalable Metropolis Monte Carlo for simulation of hard shapes
Joshua A. Anderson, M. Eric Irrgang, Sharon C. Glotzer
Computer Physics Communications 204, 21–30 (2016)

Paper – Efficient neighbor lists

March 3 2016

Efficient neighbor list calculation for molecular simulation of colloidal systems using graphics processing units
Michael P. Howard, Joshua A. Anderson, Arash Nikoubashman, Sharon C. Glotzer, Athanassios Z. Panagiotopoulos
Computer Physics Communications 203, 45–52 (2016)

Paper – Chiral nanoparticles

February 22 2016

Biomimetic Hierarchical Assembly of Helical Supraparticles from Chiral Nanoparticles
Yunlong Zhou, Ryan L. Marson, Greg van Anders, Jian Zhu, Guanxiang Ma, Peter Ercius, Kai Sun, Bongjun Yeom, Sharon C. Glotzer, Nicholas A. Kotov
ACS Nano 10 (3), 3248–3256 (2016)

Article on nanotechweb.org:
Chiral nanoparticles self-assemble into superstructures

Paper – Clusters of polyhedra

January 25 2016

Clusters of polyhedra in spherical confinement
Erin G. Teich, Greg van Anders, Daphne Klotsa, Julia Dshemuchadse, Sharon C. Glotzer
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 113 (6), E669–E678 (2016)

Article on phys.org:
How particles pack in a confined space

PhD Defense

January 15 2016
Thermodynamic and Structural Phase Behavior of Colloidal and Nanoparticle Systems

Congratulations to Eric Irrgang!


Preliminary exam

December 18 2015

Congratulations to Rose Cersonsky!

Preliminary exam

December 8 2015

Congratulations to Jim Antonaglia!

Paper – Chiral entropic crystals

October 9 2015

Controlling Chirality of Entropic Crystals
Pablo F. Damasceno, Andrew S. Karas, Benjamin A. Schultz, Michael Engel, Sharon C. Glotzer
Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 158303 (2015)

Paper – Ordered discoids

October 7 2015

Metastable orientational order of colloidal discoids
Lilian C. Hsiao, Benjamin A. Schultz, Jens Glaser, Michael Engel, Megan E. Szakasits, Sharon C. Glotzer, Michael J. Solomon
Nature Communications 6, 8507 (2015)

Paper – Digital alchemy

September 24 2015

Digital Alchemy for Materials Design: Colloids and Beyond
Greg van Anders, Daphne Klotsa, Andrew S. Karas, Paul M. Dodd, Sharon C. Glotzer
ACS Nano 9 (10), 9542-9553 (2015)

News article on Michigan News:
Nanotech: The new alchemy

Preliminary exam

September 9 2015

Congratulations to Yina Geng!

Paper – Polymer-tethered nanoparticles

July 23 2015

Rational design of nanomaterials from assembly and reconfigurability of polymer-tethered nanoparticles
Ryan L. Marson, Trung Dac Nguyen, Sharon C. Glotzer
MRS Communications 5 (3), 397-406 (2015)

Paper – Active colloids

July 9 2015

Shape control and compartmentalization in active colloidal cells
Matthew Spellings, Michael Engel, Daphne Klotsa, Syeda Sabrina, Aaron M. Drews, Nguyen H. P. Nguyen, Kyle J. M. Bishop, Sharon C. Glotzer
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112 (34), E4642–E4650 (2015)

Article on Nature Physics:
Active colloids: Made to order

Paper – Shape allophiles

June 23 2015

Shape allophiles improve entropic assembly
Eric S. Harper, Ryan L. Marson, Joshua A. Anderson, Greg van Anders, Sharon C. Glotzer
Soft Matter 11 (37), 7250-7256 (2015)

Soft Matter Cover:

Paper – Kirigami for electronics

June 22 2015

A kirigami approach to engineering elasticity in nanocomposites through patterned defects
Terry C. Shyu, Pablo F. Damasceno, Paul M. Dodd, Aaron Lamoureux, Lizhi Xu, Matthew Shlian, Max Shtein, Sharon C. Glotzer, Nicholas A. Kotov
Nature Materials 14, 785-789 (2015)

News article from Michigan Engineering:
Kirigami art could enable stretchable plasma screens

Article on Popular Science:
This Ancient Paper Art Makes Flexible, Super Strong Electronics

Article on Co.Design:
Japanese Paper-Cutting Is The Future Of Flexible, Bendable Gadgets

Article on Business Insider:
These stretchy batteries could make the next generation of wearables actually comfortable

Article on LiveScience:
Accordion-Like Conductors Could Spawn Flexible Display Screens

Article on Gizmodo:
Japanese Paper Art Could Lead to Bending and Folding Electronics

Award – 2015 CoMSEF Young Investigator Award for Modeling & Simulation

June 9 2015

Joshua A. Anderson
will be awarded the CoMSEF (Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum) Young Investigator Award during the 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting.

Simons Foundation – Awardee Spotlight

May 22 2015

Sharon GlotzerSimons Investigator in Theoretical Physics since 2012
Mathematics and Physical Sciences Awardee Spotlight

Honor – Distinguished University Professor

May 21 2015

Sharon C. Glotzer
was named the John Werner Cahn Distinguished University Professor of Engineering, effective September 1, 2015.

The University Record – News for Faculty and Staff

PhD Candidacy

May 20 2015

Congratulations to PhD Candidates Simon Adorf & Mayank Agrawal!

PhD Defense

May 11 2015
Prediction and Design of Colloidal Matter Using Directional Entropic Forces

Congratulations to Khalid Ahmed!

PhD Defense

May 8 2015
Using Directional Entropic Forces for Target Pattern Design

Congratulations to Pablo Damasceno!

Preliminary exam

May 6 2015

Congratulations to Andrew Karas!

Paper – Lock and key colloids

May 5 2015

Binding kinetics of lock and key colloids
Laura Colón-Meléndez, Daniel J. Beltran-Villegas, Greg van Anders, Jun Liu, Matthew Spellings, Stefano Sacanna, David J. Pine, Sharon C. Glotzer, Ronald G. Larson, Michael J. Solomon
The Journal of Chemical Physics 142, 174909 (2015)

PhD Defense

April 29 2015
Tuning mesoscopic assembly behavior via nano building-block interactions and architecture

Congratulations to Ryan Marson!

Saturday Morning Physics – James Antonaglia

April 18 2015

“Dark Energy, Alchemy, and Quantum Teleportation: Science Fiction or Ph.D. Research?”
James Antonaglia, Adam Katcher, and Jessica Muir

“Meddling with Matter: Self-Assembly and Designing Particles”
James Antonaglia

Preliminary exam

April 1 2015

Congratulations to Paul Dodd!

Paper – Scaling of MD simulations on GPUs

March 11 2015

Strong scaling of general-purpose molecular dynamics simulations on GPUs
Jens Glaser, Trung Dac Nguyen, Joshua A. Anderson, Pak Lui, Filippo Spiga, Jaime A. Millan, David C. Morse, Sharon C. Glotzer
Computer Physics Communications 192, 97–107 (2015)

Paper – Voronoi particles

February 18 2015

Symmetry Considerations for the Targeted Assembly of Entropically Stabilized Colloidal Crystals via Voronoi Particles
Benjamin A. Schultz, Pablo F. Damasceno, Michael Engel, Sharon C. Glotzer
ACS Nano 9 (3), 2336–2344 (2015)

PhD Defense

January 12 2015

Congratulations to Ben Schultz!


Paper – Faceted patchy nanoplates

December 19 2014

Effect of shape on the self-assembly of faceted patchy nanoplates with irregular shape into tiling patterns
Jaime A. Millan, Daniel Ortiz, Sharon C. Glotzer
Soft Matter 11, 1386–1396 (2015)

PhD Defense

December 9 2014

Congratulations to Andres Millan!

Paper – Icosahedral quasicrystal

December 8 2014

Computational self-assembly of a one-component icosahedral quasicrystal
Michael Engel, Pablo F. Damasceno, Carolyn L. Phillips, Sharon C. Glotzer
Nature Materials 14, 109–116 (2015)

News article from Michigan Engineering:
World’s most complex crystal simulated at U-Michigan

Award – 2014 MRS Medal

December 2 2014

Sharon C. Glotzer and Nicholas A. Kotov
Awarded during the 2014 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit
Awards Talk on MRS OnDemand
Interview with MRS TV:

MichEpedia / MconneX – Shape-Shifting Micro Muscles

November 10 2014

News article “Shape-shifting micro muscles will pump you up”
Video from Michigan Engineering:

Paper – Directional entropic forces

September 23 2014

Understanding shape entropy through local dense packing
Greg van Anders, Daphne Klotsa, N. Khalid Ahmed, Michael Engel, Sharon C. Glotzer
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111 (45), E4812–E4821 (2014)

Paper – Reconfigurable clusters

July 14 2014

Digital colloids: reconfigurable clusters as high information density elements
Carolyn L. Phillips, Eric Jankowski, Bhaskar Jyoti Krishnatreya, Kazem V. Edmond, Stefano Sacanna, David G. Grier, David J. Pine, Sharon C. Glotzer
Soft Matter 10, 7468–7479 (2014)

Paper – Tethered nanoparticle telechelics

March 18 2014

Phase Behavior and Complex Crystal Structures of Self-Assembled Tethered Nanoparticle Telechelics
Ryan L. Marson, Carolyn L. Phillips, Joshua A. Anderson, Sharon C. Glotzer
Nano Letters 14 (4), 2071–2078 (2014)

Paper – Polyhedra families

February 25 2014

Complexity in Surfaces of Densest Packings for Families of Polyhedra
Elizabeth R. Chen, Daphne Klotsa, Michael Engel, Pablo F. Damasceno, Sharon C. Glotzer
Physical Review X 4, 011024 (2014)

Paper – Mixtures of rotating shapes

February 20 2014

Emergent Collective Phenomena in a Mixture of Hard Shapes through Active Rotation
Nguyen H. P. Nguyen, Daphne Klotsa, Michael Engel, Sharon C. Glotzer
Physical Review Letters 112, 075701 (2014)

Paper – Self-assembled Archimedean tilings

February 2 2014

Self-Assembly of Archimedean Tilings with Enthalpically and Entropically Patchy Polygons
Jaime A. Millan, Daniel Ortiz, Greg van Anders, Sharon C. Glotzer
ACS Nano 8 (3), 2918–2928 (2014)

Paper – Reconfigurable colloidal molecules

January 24 2014

Self-assembly of reconfigurable colloidal molecules
Daniel Ortiz, Kevin L. Kohlstedt, Trung Dac Nguyen, Sharon C. Glotzer
Soft Matter 10, 3541-3552 (2014)