My work focuses on trying to understand how structures are formed in a variety of soft matter systems, and to how to use this structure formation as a new way to probe nonequillibrium systems. Right now, my work is centered on understanding new kinds of structures that can emerge in active and driven colloidal systems. I am a postdoctoral associate at New York University, in the Center for Soft Matter Research, working with Paul Chaikin.
I completed my PhD in 2014 with Sid Nagel at the University of Chicago. My PhD research focused on material failure in two very different systems: splashing droplets and breaking sheets. In both of these systems, the structures that emerged as these systems broke apart led to a new way to understand dynamics (splashing) or measure material properties (breaking sheets). I received my Bachelor of Science Degrees in Physics and Mathematics from the The University of Texas, completing my undergraduate thesis with John T. Markert.
A list of my publications can be found on my Google Scholar profile page, as well as on my research page. You can contact me at: mdriscoll at nyu.edu