Complex Systems & Soft Materials
Welcome to the Complex Systems and Soft Materials Laboratory of Hernán A. Makse at the Levich Institute and Department of Physics of City College of New York in New York City. Our group consists of graduate students Chaoming Song, Ping Wang, Kun Wang and Chris Briscoe from the Physics Department, and postdoctoral fellows Hernan Diego Rozenfeld and Diego Rybski.
We follow the precepts of the Chinese Tao-te Ching: "He who thinks he knows, does not know. He who knows that he does not know, knows. For in this context, to know is not to know. And not to know is to know," since "one thing only we know, and that is that we know nothing," paraphrasing Socrates. In a more poetic way, we remember the great Don Atahualpa Yupanqui when he said: "...cuando se abandona el pago, y se empieza a repechar, tira el caballo adelante, y el alma tira pa' tras..."
More specifically, we try to focus on the study of jammed matter, spanning from colloidal suspensions, dense emulsions to granular materials and glasses in search of unifying theoretical frameworks. We explore this variety of out of equilibrium systems in terms of their behavior as they experience structural arrest or jamming. The group focuses on the theoretical and computational approaches in parallel with the experiments, creating a productive research environment. We are also interested in the theoretical understanding of complexity. We are working towards the development of new arquitectural laws for complex networks, from biological systems, to the Internet, to social networks.
POSTDOCTORAL OPENING: There is an opening for a Levich Institute Fellowship (postdoctoral level). Please apply through the Levich Institute homepage.