Old News


December: First paper (with L. Huang, X. Ran) on active matter appeared: "Vertical dynamics of a horizontally-oscillating active object in a 2D granular medium"

September: Organising an international Symposium (with Mike Cates and Mark Warner) Soft Matter - Theoretical and Industrial Challenges, Celebrating the Pioneering Work of Sir Sam Edwards, (September 7 - 9) Cambridge, UK

August: Invited talk at the 3rd International conference on:
Packing: across length scales, (August 29 - September 1) Shanghai, China

August: Organising an International Workshop:
Soft and granular matter in ambient and extreme conditions 2016 (SGMAEC2016), (August 22 - 25) Changsha, Hunan, China

July: Talks in Tsukuba University, Tsukuba and the Yukawa Inst., Kyoto, Japan

April: Our recent highlighted paper in Phys. Rev. Lett. made a bit of news

March: Invited talk at the American Physical Society (APS) meeting, (March 14 - 18) Baltimore, MD, USA: "Granular statistical mechanics - Building on the legacy of Sir Sam Edwards" (Abstract)

January: Invited talk at the conference Dynamic Days, (January 7 - 10) Durham, NC, USA: "Granular statistical mechanics - Status report and future directions"

Older News


Talks at the workshop Soft and granular matter in ambient and extreme conditions 2015, NUDT, Changsha, Hunan, August 31 - September 4:
1. "Advances in Granular statistical mechanics - I";
2. "Advances in Granular statistical mechanics - II"

Talk at the KITPC workshop on Controlled structure formation of soft matter, CAS, Beijing, August 17-21:
"Granular statistical mechanics – Following the legacy of Sir Sam Edwards"

Talks at the 2015 Annual Meeting of Thermodynamic and Statistical Mechanics Education and Research Association of China, Hunan, July 12-15:
1. "Statistical mechanics of athermal systems";
2. "Statistical mechanics of granular, porous and cellular smaterials";
3. "Discussion: Necessary curriculum for physics undergraduates"

Talk in Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, July 7:
"Towards a stress theory for real granular materials"

Organising an International Workshop:
Soft and granular matter in ambient and extreme conditions 2015 (SGMAEC2015), Changsha, Hunan, China, August 31 - September 04

Talks at the EMI2015 conference, June 16:
1. "From local structural characterisation of porous materials to structure-property relations: a systematic approach";
2. "Structural evolution of 2D granular solid under shear deformation"

Talk at the one day "Beijing Soft Matter workshop", April 17:
"A local morphological descriptor of granular materials and its uses"

Appointed "1000-talent plan" expert in College of Science, NUDT, Changsha, China; it came with a nice research award

I have a 2-year Postdoctoral Research Associate position available at the Physics Dept. of NUDT, Changsha, Hunan


Invited talk, Conference on "Avalanches in Functional Materials and Geophysics", Cambridge, UK, December 4-8:
Local structural characterisation and statistical mechanics of porous and cellular media

Seminar on:
Fracture propagation in geo-materials - The single fracture dynamics, in the College of Civil Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, China, 24 September

Organising an International Workshop on:
Soft and granular matter in ambient and extreme conditions, Changsha, Hunan, China, 15-18 September

Seminar on:
Structural characterisation and statistical mechanics of granular and porous systems: A systematic method to derive structure-property relation and equations of state, in the Inst. of Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China, 17 July

Seminar on:
Towards a fundamental stress theory for real granular materials, in Beihang University, Beijing, China, 16 July

Appointed a "Distinguished Professor" in NUDT, Changsha, China

Talk, Conference on "Foams and Minimal Surfaces - 12 Years On":
Characterisation and statistical mechanics of disordered foam structures

Talk at the conference:
Imperial College Consortium on Pore-Scale Modelling 13 January, London

Talk at the conference:
Dynamic Systems: From Statistical Mechanics to Engineering Applications 9-10 January, Zurich, Switzerland

Paper published in Phys. Rev. Lett.:
On universal structural characteristics of granular packs, T. Matsushima and R. Blumenfeld, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 098003 (2014)

Invited to deliver a six-hours lecture series and a research seminar in the
International Winter School and Symposium on Statistical Mechanics and Simulation of Nonlinear Dynamics
3-7 January 2014, Changsha, China

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