News: Theory and Simulation

In a development offering great promise for additive manufacturing, Princeton University researchers have created a method to precisely create droplets using a jet of liquid. The technique allows manufacturers to quickly generate drops of material, finely control their size and locate them within a 3D space.
Cracks in the desert floor appear random to the untrained eye, even beautifully so, but those patterns of dried clay turn out to be predictable—and useful in designing advanced materials.
New computational research from a CBE team has shown that salt in highly supersaturated solutions first enters a semi-crystalline state before falling out as a true crystal, a finding that has implications for everything from climate models to the production of medicine.