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Soft Matter

Welcome to my page! My name is Jie Zhang, and I'm doing my postdoctoral research in the Dogic Lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) after finishing my PhD from the Granick lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). I am interested in developing novel active soft materials and demystifying the dynamics and governing rules of collective assembly of microscopic objects. I am an experimentalist, but I take it as a compliment when people ask "Is this computer simulation?"


I am trained at the interface of several disciplines, including chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering, which opens up my world and equipped me with keen eyes to appreciate beauty of the world around us in so many ways. I agree with what Richard Feynman remarked about appreciation of a flower as a scientist: "All kinds of interesting questions which the science knowledge only adds to the excitement, the mystery and the awe of a flower. It only adds. "