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Jorge Vinals

Professor / Director of Graduate Studies

TATEH Room 130-17 (office), 624-9074
vinals @ umn.edu • http://vinals.tiddlyspot.com

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Summary of Interests
Nonlinear dynamics, pattern formation, and chaos in systems driven outside of thermodynamic equilibrium. Topological defect motion in soft matter, including transport. [Research Web Page]

About My Work

Our research is of theoretical and computational nature, and focuses on mesoscale theories of nonequilibrium phenomena in extended systems, with applications to Statistical Mechanics, Soft Matter Physics, and Materials Science. Generically, systems outside of thermodynamic equilibrium involve unstable interfaces and moving topological defects. We develop theories at the mesoscale of the relevant phases, analyze their macroscopic scale asymptotics, and obtain their non equilibrium properties through large scale computation. Our research is currently motivated by topologically driven flows in liquid crystals, unstable interfaces in complex fluids, and a mesoscale description of plasticity in defected materials.

Advisees and Collaborators

Chris Conklin, Teaching Assistant
Eduardo Vitral, Teaching Assistant

Education

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