Past Seminars Seminários Já Decorridos 2021

Glassy physics: from liquids to living cells.

By: Liesbeth Janssen
From: TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands
At: Online - Zoom (
[2021-04-22] 10:00

The liquid-to-glass transition remains one of the deepest unsolved problems in condensed matter science, and has recently found renewed interest in the context of active and living matter. In this talk, I will present a novel first-principles theory of glass formation, referred to as Generalized Mode-Coupling Theory, that can shed new light on glassy phenomena. I will demonstrate that the theory can be applied not only to ordinary glass-forming materials, but also to more complex systems such as dense collectives of living cells. Ultimately, these theoretical efforts can help to further elucidate the fundamental link between structure and dynamics in disordered matter.