I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in the lab ... is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him/her like a fairy tale.
If I see anything vital around me, it is precisely that spirit of adventure, which seems indestructible and is akin to curiosity.
Madame Curie

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March 2022

Congratulations to Daniel for successfully defending his doctoral thesis on “Molecular Origins of Polymorphic Phase Transitions for Dynamic Organic Electronics”. Dr. Davies will be heading to the Milliron group at UT Austin for a postdoc position. Well done Danny!

March 2022

Ying is presenting “Printing functional polymers for sustainable Earth and havitable mars” at the Beckman Institute’s Director’s Seminar at noon on Thursday, March 3. Check out more about Ying’s seminar on Beckman Institute and Youtube.

February 2022

Congratulations to Zhuang for receiving the Robert A. and Eleanor L. Flinn Travel Award in support of his presentation at the upcoming Materials Research Society’s Spring Meeting & Exhibit in May! Great Job Zhuang!

January 2022

Congratulations on acceptance of Bijal’s paper in Soft Matter! The work is entitled  as “Rapid, Interface Driven Domain Orientation in Bottlebrush Diblock Copolymer Films During Thermal Annealing”. Thanks to Kush Patel, Do Hoon Kim, and Justin for your contributions to this work!

November 2021

Azzaya and Prapti’s work “Seizing the Darkness” was selected as the Winner of the 2021 SCS Science Image Challenge! It will be held as an art image in the Willard Airport. Congratulations! Check out here for more

November 2021

Daniel’s artwork “Music of Molecules” was selected as a Finalist of the 2021 SCS Science Image Challenge! It will be held as art image in the Willard Airport. Keep your great work! Check out here for more

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