Women in Physics Day 2017


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,

Dr Katie “Astrokatie” Mack

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

Interface Focus Volume “Animal, Vegetal, Mineral”

The Interface Focus themed issue ‘Growth and function of complex form in biological tissue and synthetic self-assembly‘ was published today by the Royal Society, as volume 7, issue 4 of that journal. Thanks to all contributors, and to Publishing Editor Tim Holt for a great job. The issue is dedicated to the themes of the 2016 Boden Research Conference “Animal, Vegetal, Mineral” that was held in Yallingup/WA in 2016. Check  below or online for the 20 articles that are part of this issue.

Time-frozen snapshot of butterfly nanostructure development


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

From Nature’s Nanoarchitectures to Nanofabricated Designs


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!

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Focus session “New self-assembly topologies” at APS March Meeting


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“.

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Brezels, Bragg & Butterflies: Topological Photonics behind novel broad-band chiro-optical material


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.

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