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Pitt Faculty Member Search: Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

  • By Krista Zottola
  • 30 November 2022

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a new faculty member in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics.  This appointment, which is subject to budgetary approval, will be at the Assistant Professor level and will begin with the Fall Term of 2023, or thereafter. More information here

Recent Articles from Prof. Peng Liu and Prof. Sunil Saxena Featured on Journal Covers

  • By Jennifer Zheng
  • 9 November 2022

A collaborative publication involving the labs of Prof. Peng Liu in the Department of Chemistry and Prof. Yang Yang from the University of California Santa Barbara was featured on the cover of a recent issue the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The joint computational and experimental study investigated the mechanism of a C(sp3)-H functionalization reaction carried out by an engineered metalloenzyme. In the course of the team’s work, they established exactly how the enzyme active site dictates the stereochemical outcome of the radical process. Collectively, the results provide important new insights into...

How Imperfections Can Actually Improve Alloys

  • By Jennifer Zheng
  • 1 November 2022

Sometimes, in creating an alloy out of multiple metals, defects and structural instability can occur in the material. Now, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering are harnessing those imperfections to make the material stronger while retaining its flexibility.

The investigators are designing metastable alloys that can overcome the well-known trade off between strength and ductility, revealing a strategy that can create alloys suited to a broad range of applications. . .