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Christopher Jarzynski
Christopher Jarzynski

The mission of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST) is to foster excellence in interdisciplinary research and education at the University of Maryland. IPST accomplishes this by integrating people, science and technology.

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provide specialized training at the intersection of traditional fields, and are a central component of our mission.

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News and Special Events

Ellen D. Williams named Caltech Distinguished Alumna

July 20, 2016. Distinguish University Professor Ellen D. Williams (IPST / Physics) was named a Distinguished Alumna from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) during its 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards "For her sustained record of innovation and achievement in the area of structural-surface physics. She founded the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at the University of Maryland and was the chief scientist for BP. She now serves as director of the Advanced Research Project Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) in the U.S. Department of Energy."


Maryland researchers explain why traveling east exacerbates jet lag

July 14, 2016. University of Maryland researchers Zhixin Lu (Chemical Physics), Kevin Klein-Cardeña (student in TREND REU), Steven Lee (student in TREND REU), Professor Thomas M. Antonsen (Physics / ECE), Professor Michelle Girvan (IPST / Physics) and Distinguished University Professor Edward Ott (Electrical Engineering / Physics / IREAP) have uncovered an explanation for a common observation among travelers: jet lag tends to be worse when traveling east rather than west. Their explanation involves a mathematical model of the neurons in the human brain that are responsible for maintaining the body’s internal clock. This clock has a natural period that is about 24.5 hours instead of the 24 hours of the daily cycle, and the model suggests that this difference accounts for the different experiences of jet lag in eastward and westward travel. This research was published in the journal Chaos, and has been highlighted by the Washington Post, CNN, and numerous other news sites.


Chemical Physics graduate Richard Remsing wins prestigious ACS Postdoc Award

June 10, 2016. Dr. Richard Remsing, who received his Ph.D. in 2013 in Chemical Physics under the supervision of Distinguished University Professor John Weeks (IPST / Chemistry), has been awarded a Postdoctoral Research Award from the Physical Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society. The award cites his research in electron transfer reactions within layered manganese dioxides, with his postdoctoral advisor, Professor Michael Klein (Temple University). Dr. Remsing's Ph.D. research investigated the structure and thermodynamics of molecular systems, particularly aqueous solutions, using the tools of Local Molecular Field Theory developed by the Weeks group at the University of Maryland.


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