Charles C. Jones Seminar
Live 3D Modeling with Colloids. With Dr. Frans Spaepen, Harvard University.
Dr. Frans Spaepen
Franklin Professor of Applied Physics in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University
Abstract: Colloidal particles in suspension form liquid, crystalline and glassy phases similar to those formed by atoms. Since the particles are “fat” (~1µm) and “slow” (~0.1s), they can be individually tracked in space and time by confocal microscopy. Dense colloidal systems therefore serve as "analog computers" to study the dynamics of defects in crystals (vacancies, stacking faults, dislocations, grain boundaries), crystal nucleation, crystal-liquid interfaces, and the fundamental mechanisms of the deformation of glasses.
Biography: Frans Spaepen is the Franklin Professor of Applied Physics in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. He obtained his undergraduate degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Leuven in 1971, and his Ph.D. in applied physics from Harvard in 1975, where he has remained ever since. He has been the Director of the Harvard Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (1990-1998) and of the Rowland Institute at Harvard (2002-20013). His research interests span a wide range of experimental and theoretical topics in materials science, such as amorphous metals and semiconductors (viscosity, diffusion, mechanical properties), the structure and thermodynamics of interfaces (crystal/melt, amorphous/crystalline semiconductors, grain boundaries), mechanical properties of thin films, and colloidal systems as models for the study of dynamics and defects in crystals and glasses.