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Jorge Vinals

Professor / Director of Graduate Studies

TATEH Room 130-17 (office), 624-9074
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Summary of Interests
Pattern formation outside of thermodynamic equilibrium. Nonlinear dynamics, bifurcation, and chaos. Defect motion in soft matter and in complex fluids such as block copolymers and nematic suspensions. [Research Web Page]

About My Work

Our research is of theoretical and computational nature, and focuses on nonequilibrium phenomena in extended systems, with applications to Soft Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science. We aim at understanding the mechanisms underlying the formation and evolution of spatio temporal patterns in systems driven outside of thermodynamic equilibrium, the formation and motion of topological defects, and the transition to spatio temporal chaos. We focus on prototypical systems and related experimental configurations in which to address fundamental issues of nonlinear phenomena, as well as on configurations of interest because of their applications in soft matter, materials science, and engineering. Current systems of interest include defects and transport in nematic suspensions and chromonic phases, and the rheology of mesophases such as those found in block copolymers.

Advisees and Collaborators

Chris Conklin, Teaching Assistant
Scott Dossa, Teaching Assistant
Eduardo Vitral, Teaching Assistant


Ph.D. in Physics, University of Barcelona, Spain.