Jorge Viñals

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Jorge Viñals

Director of Graduate Studies; Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy


John T. Tate Hall
Room 130-17
116 Church Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI)


Ph.D., University of Barcelona, Spain

Research Interests

Our research is of theoretical and computational nature, and focuses on mesoscale theories of nonequilibrium phenomena in extended systems, with applications to Statistical Mechanics, Soft Matter Physics, and Materials Science. Generically, systems outside of thermodynamic equilibrium involve unstable interfaces and moving topological defects. We develop theories at the mesoscale of the relevant phases, analyze their macroscopic scale asymptotics, and obtain their non equilibrium properties through large scale computation. Our research is currently motivated by topologically driven flows in liquid crystals, unstable interfaces in complex fluids, and a mesoscale description of plasticity in defected materials.

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Selected Publications


Topological defects, surfaces, and instabilities in liquid crystals

Topological defect motion, microstructure, and stress response in materials

Transport in nematic suspensions

Advisees & Collaborators

Graduate Students

  • Lucas Myers
  • Cody Schimming