A public lecture in Murdoch University’s “Future Earth” series of talks and films, presented by visiting guest lecturer Professor Sabetta Matsumoto.
2017 Australian Institute of Physics “Women in Physics” Event
19 July 2017 Murdoch University
Come celebrate the fantastic contributions that female physicists and scientists are making to our world, and the universe! Join us for a day of physics fun and inspiration with the Australian Institute of Physics Award winning lecturer, visiting WA for one day only,
Everything you wanted to know about Dark Matter but were afraid to ask
Dark matter surrounds us and binds the galaxy together. But what is it really? Are we sure it exists at all? Can it really be explained by tiny invisible particles? Find out what we know, how we’re searching for it, and how it differs from the other big cosmic mystery, dark energy. Read more
More information and registration here: www.nbi.ku.dk/gtlc2017 This was a fun intense event a few years ago at RMIT in 2014 and at the Niels Bohr Institute in 2013. This school will be useful for anyone working with complex geometries or observing complex geometries – in materials, chemistry, physics or biology! (or indeed beyond including architecture, design, sculpture, ….)
Our report of the fortuitous finding of a very special Gyroid-like nanostructure in butterflies is out now: “Butterfly gyroid nanostructures as a time-frozen glimpse of intracellular membrane development” (Science Advances, 2017). While being a solid static nanostructure, it looks as if it was a solidified 3D snapshot of the nanostructure, during the growth process. Read more
Thanks to all speakers and attendants of last week’s Dresden DPG-symposium
Bioinspired Functional Materials: From Nature’s Nanoarchitectures to Nanofabricated Designs.
Held as an interdisciplinary symposium at the Spring Meeting of the German Physical Society (DPG) in Dresden from 19-24 March 2017, the symposium attracted all up around 300 or so attendants, for five excellent talk. The full program for this session is available here!
Always good to be back in New Orleans … this time a couple of weeks after Mardi Gras. This year’s APS March meeting was an excellent success with the GSOFT focus group more visible than ever, and many great sessions in the GSOFT, DPOLY, DBIO, SPNP and other sections, including our own focus session “New Mesophase Symmetries and Topologies in Self-Assembled Soft Matter“.
Since the award of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics for “theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter”, topological effects are all the hype in condensed matter physics. In a new paper “Bragg-mirror-like circular dichroism in bio-inspired quadruple-gyroid 4srs nanostructures“, just published by the Nature Group journal Light: Science & Applications, we describe the experimental realisation of a photonic material that owes its amazing optical properties to a topological effect.
International PhD Project available (DK/AUS) : A hybrid particle and field-based soft matter simulation setup
We are looking for a dedicated Phd-student for a joint project between Murdoch University in Perth, Australia, and the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The project requires applying for a Postgraduate Research Scholarship at Murdoch University in collaboration with the PhD supervisors.
Below is the abstract of an after-dinner speech I gave at the Australian Institute of Physics WA Branch annual general meeting and dinner, on 16 Nov 2016 (see also national AIP newsletter)