RAFI BLUMENFELD: RESUMÉ
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Employment / Appointments
- 1985-89 Ph.D., Physics - Tel Aviv University. Thesis: Random systems - Nonlinear conductivity and distributions, Supervisors: Profs. Amnon Aharony and David J. Bergman, magna cum laude.
- 1983-85 M.Sc., Physics - Tel Aviv University. Thesis: Nonlinear random resistor networks, topological problems and fluctuations, Supervisor: Prof. Amnon Aharony, magna cum laude.
- 1980-83 B.Sc., Physics - Tel Aviv University, magna cum laude.
- 1998-present Visiting Scholar, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, UK.
- 1997-98 Mesoscale Project Leader, R&D, Molecular Simulations Inc. (now ACCELRYS), Cambridge, UK.
- 1996-97 Research scientist, Cambridge Hydrodynamics (with S. A. Orszag), Princeton, NJ, USA.
- 1993-96 Director's Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, USA.
- 1992-93 Research Associate, Princeton University, USA.
- 1989-92 Research Associate, Cavendish Laboratory with R. C. Ball), University of Cambridge, UK.
- 1987 Visiting Research Scientist, IBM (with B. B. Mandelbrot), Yorktown Heights, USA.
- Director's Fellowship, Los Alamos National Laboratory - 1993-6
- Leo Baeck Lodge grant - 1990-2
- Scholarship Award, Weiler Foundation - 1989
- Distinction Award, Tel Aviv University - 1985, 1988, 1989
- Scholarship, Tel Aviv University - 1982-9
Research interests (present and past)
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- Stress transmission and yield dynamics in granular systems and solid foams.
- Stretching dynamics and micro-manipulation of single polymer chains and implications to dynamics near and below the glass transition and mechanical properties.
- Formulation of a first-principles statistical theory for growing interfaces (dormant).
- Magnetic systems, spin chains and evolution of magnetic domains (exciting stuff but dormant due to lack of time).
- Morphologies and dynamics of slow and fast fractures (dormant).
- Structure-property (Transport, dielectric, mechanical) relations of composite materials (dormant).
- Electromagnetic waves in strongly nonlinear media (dormant).
- Moving curves in 3d with applications to protein and polymer dynamics and in 2D with applications to ultra-fast imgae transmission.
Organization and Professional Activities
- 2004 - Programme Committee, SPIE conference Fluctuation and Noise, FaN2004, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain, 25-28 May
- 2003 - Chairman, Statics and Dynamics of Systems of Rigid
Particles, Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge, UK 10 December
- 2003 - Organizing Committee, SPIE conference Fluctuation and Noise, FaN2003, Santa Fe, NM, USA, 1-4 June
- 1999-2001 - Specialist Subject Reviewer, Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education, UK
- 2000 - Organising Committee Member, MESOMECHANICS2000, China
- 1995 - Organiser and Chairman, Workshop on Fractal Analysis and Modelling of Materials, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
- 1994-96 - Organiser and Chairman, Working Group on Protein Dynamics, CNLS, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
- 850 citations (Source: ISI Science Citation Index, October 2003)
- 59 papers in primary peer reviewed journals (further 6 submitted)
- 20 contributions to Symposia and compiled volumes
- 15 papers in various stages of preparation
Invited colloquiua, departmental seminars, talks
- 15 invited colloquia and departmental seminars
- Over 50 invited group seminars
- Over 40 invited presentations in conferences
- Over 35 presentations in conferences as a regular speaker
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- Seven years of supervision and tutorials to Physics undergraduates, Cambridge University. Subjects: Statistical
physics, Waves, Dynamical systems, structure and properties of condensed matter.
- Summer student: Yi Jiang (now staff member of Los Alamos National Laboratory)
- Course: Percolation and Fractals to engineers, Princeton University.
- External and internal examiner of PhD Viva Voce exams in Physics and Chemistry