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Nathan Keim

Nathan Keim

Nathan Keim

Assistant Professor



  • BS: Haverford
  • PhD: Chicago
  • PD: U Penn
  • Exp. Soft Condensed Matter

Research Interests

  • - Probing the response of disordered materials to deformation
  • - Understanding memory behaviors in disordered systems


I use experiments to study systems that are “soft”, in that they respond readily to an external force or driving. I am especially interested in the challenges posed by disordered materials and systems, which lack the symmetry and uniformity of materials like crystals.




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