Our faculty collaborate with undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scholars from all over the world. As part of training new generations of researchers, we provide a strong framework for interdisciplinary initiatives and partnerships with government and industry. Our community of researchers engage in experimental and theoretical research on Condensed Matter Physics, a broad field of physics that deals with the macroscopic and microscopic physical properties of matter. It attempts to understand the properties of matter from fundamental physical principles and is by far the largest field of contemporary physics. We invite you to find out more about the activities of our department by exploring the links provided on this page.

Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

Biophysics

Industrial and Applied Physics

Nanodevices

Neural Networks

Nonlinear Dynamics

Optics

Photovoltaic Devices and Biomedical Imaging

Renewable Energy Generation and Storage

Semiconductors

Soft Matter

Superconductivity

Experimental Research

Paola Barbara — superconductivity, superconducting devices, transport properties of nanowires and nanoscale electronic devices

Daniel Blair — soft glasses, colloidal and polymer physics, crumpling, biopolymer rheology, confocal microscopy of soft materials, granular dynamics and statics

John Currie — materials science of thin solid films, industrial and applied physics, surface and interface chemical physics, semiconductor electrical and electro-optical devices and technology, renewable energy generation and storage, polymer physics, electrochemistry, environment monitoring technologies

Rhonda Dzakpasu — spatio-temporal pattern formation in in vitro neural systems, extracellular multi-electrode array recordings, computational modeling of coherent activity in neural networks, development of non-linear methods of data analysis

Kai Liu — synthesis and experimental investigation of nanostructured materials, particularly in nanomagnetism and spintronics. Current research topics include topological spin textures such as magnetic skyrmions and chiral domain walls, high magnetic anisotropy materials, magneto-ionic control of metal/oxide interfaces, and low density metallic foams

Makarand Paranjape — micro-/nano-technologies for sensors, actuators, and structural systems, silicon/polymer and carbon nanotube device fabrication, biomedical engineering

Jeff Urbach — cellular biophysics, physics of soft matter, biomaterials, biomedical optics, granular dynamics, fluid dynamics, nonlinear dynamics

Edward Van Keuren — optics, nanoparticle synthesis and characterization, application of nanoparticles for organic photovoltaic devices and biomedical imaging and therapy

Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

Biophysics

Calculation of Structural and Electronic Properties of Materials

Computational Physics

Polymer Physics

Soft Matter

Statistical Physics of Complex Materials

Statistical Physics of the Nonequilibrium Dynamics of Classical and Quantum Systems

Strongly Correlated Systems

Superconductivity

Transport in Multilayered Nanostructures

Ultracold Gases in Optical Lattices

Theoretical Research

Emanuela Del Gado — statistical mechanics and computational physics; structure, cooperative dynamics and nonlinear mechanics of amorphous solids, gels and glasses; nanoscale structure and mechanics of cement gels; self-assembly of nanoparticles and fibrils at liquid interfaces; biomimetic coatings and mechanics of tissues.

David Egolf — statistical physics of nonequilibrium dynamical systems, including fluids, granular media, cardiac and neural tissue, and biopolymer networks; effective theories of QCD.

Jim Freericks — strongly correlated electrons (charge and thermal transport and nonequilibrium effects), transport in multilayered nanostructures, resonant inelastic X-ray scattering, ultracold atoms in optical lattices (especially mixtures, dipolar molecules, and the Hubbard model)

Amy Liu — structural, electronic, and vibrational properties of materials, including novel superconductors, thermoelectrics, charge-density-wave solids, clusters, low-dimensional materials, and materials under pressure.

Peter Olmsted – soft matter physics and biophysics: non-equilibrium physics, phase transitions, and (nano)mechanics; theory and computer simulations; shear banding and microfluidics, polymers, elastomers, surfactants, colloids, liquid crystals; protein, motor, and lipid bilayer membrane dynamics and mechanics.

Gen Yin – Computational quantum geometry and topology; transport theory of charge and spins; modeling of topological spin textures and topological materials; Density functional theory calculations; Machine learning in physics.

Anna Mazhar collaborated with Prof. Jim Freericks and Jeremy Canfield on a research project detailing a new way to solve for quantum wavefunctions of bound-state energy eigenstates called the single-shot factorization method.…

Prof. Kai Liu is part of a team from DC universities led by George Washington University that has recently received a $1M Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) capacity-building grant from the Department of Defense…

Georgetown undergraduate students Sophie Taylor and Yuri Chung and REU student Sam Becker were recent co-authors on a paper that appeared in the journal Heliyon.…

Georgetown University has recognized Prof. Kai Liu for his work in materials innovation and sustainability, as he garners both the 2023 Gap Fund and Earth Commons Impact Awards.…