Sharon Gerbode


Assistant Professor (2012)
PhD Cornell
Soft condensed matter
Office
Keck 1233
Phone
909-607-7893 (office)
909-621-8024 (department)
909-621-8887 (fax)
E-Mail
gerbode@hmc.edu
Page
http://www.physics.hmc.edu/~gerbode/wiki/

In introductory physics courses, we learn about an idealized frictionless world of rigid bodies and smooth surfaces. Yet the physics of everyday life is complex: soft, sticky, squishy and often far from equilibrium. Many materials, ranging from biological tissues to piles of sand evade traditional classifications as either liquid or solid. Further incorporation of such soft matter into modern engineering requires a deeper understanding of these materials. Soft matter physics explores the fundamental physical principles that underlie the complexity of such systems, and has opened up an exciting new class of questions with applications to industry, biology and materials science.

The Gerbode Lab focuses on two areas at the forefront of experimental soft matter physics: (i) colloids — where microscopic solid particles suspended in a fluid self-assemble into thermodynamic phases; and (ii) adaptive biomaterials — where soft microstructured biological tissues actuate complex motions. Visit our research website to learn more.


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Course Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:00–09:50
Physics 51
Shan B454

11:00–12:15
Physics 151
Shan B442

13:15–14:05
Physics 51
Shan 3461

13:15–14:30
Physics 31
Shan 2465

09:00–09:50
Physics 51
Shan B454

11:00–12:15
Physics 151
Shan B442

13:15–14:05
Physics 51
Shan 3461

13:15–14:30
Physics 31
Shan 2465

11:00–11:50
Physics 151
Shan B442