News: Theory and Simulation

Professor Pablo Debenedetti will deliver the 2019 Keith E. Gubbins Lectures at North Carolina State University on March 18 and 19.
Popping the top on house paint usually draws people to look inside the can. But Princeton researchers have turned their gaze upward, to the underside of the lid, where it turns out that pattern of droplets could inspire new ways to make microscopically small structures.
For centuries, scientists have puzzled over configurations of objects that fit a given space. These packing problems not only have fascinated mathematicians, they also hold critical implications for disciplines from chemistry to shipping.