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Michael Dennin

Professor, Physics & Astronomy
School of Physical Sciences

PH.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Phone: (949) 824-2995
Fax: (949) 824 2174
Email: mdennin@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
4129 Frederick Reines Hall
Mail Code: 4575
Irvine, CA 92697

picture of Michael  Dennin

Experimental condensed matter
URL Research Home Page
UCI Academice Senate Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching (2007)
UCI Teaching Excellence Award, School of Physical Sciences (2006)
UCI Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Research (2001 - 2002)
Cottrell Scholar (2000 - 2006)
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (2000 - 2004)
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research (2000).
Outstanding/Inspirational Professor within School of Physical Sciences (1999).
Research Innovation Award, presented by Research Corporation (March 1999)
Professor Dennin earned his A. B. from Princeton University, and his M.A. and
Ph.D. (1995) from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He held a
postdoctoral position at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is
currently an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.

Professor Dennin's main research interest is systems that are driven out of equilibrium.
Some of the questions focused on in his lab include: how do domains of patterns,
such as stripes, evolve in time after a sudden change of an external driving
force? Can we understand fluctuations during the flow of complex fluids in
terms of an effective temperature? Can we use fluctuations in probe particles
to understand the response of biologically relevant networks to external stresses?
A number of model systems are studied in his lab in an attempt to answer these,
and other, questions. The systems include electroconvection in nematic liquid crystals,
Langmuir monolayers (single layers of molecules at the air-water interface), bubble
rafts (single layers of soap bubble on the water surface), and plastic bead rafts. More recently,
the lab has begun projects in biological physics that consider the interaction between
proteins and monolayers. This work is done in collaboration with faculty from biology and

For a more detailed discussion of the research and fun pictures and movies,
visit Professor Dennin's Home Page
Publications Some selected publications, for a complete list visit Prof. Dennin's Homepage
  Bubble kinematics in a sheared foam, Y. Wang, K. Krishan, and M. Dennin, Physical Review E 74, 041405 (2006).
  Impact of boundaries on velocity profiles in bubble rafts, Y. Wang, K. Krishan, and M. Dennin, Phys. Rev. E. 73, 031401 (2006).
  Comparison between step strains and slow steady shear in a bubble raft, M. Twardos and M. Dennin, Phys. Rev. E 71, 061402 (2005).
  Annexin I A1 Interaction with a Zwitterionic Phospholipid Monolayer: A Fluorescence Microscopy Study, J. Alfredo Freites, Shahla Ali, Michael Dennin, Anja Rosengarth, and Hartmut Luecke, Langmuir, 20, 11674 (2004).
  Velocity Profiles in Slowly Sheared Bubble Rafts, John Lauridsen, Gregory Chanan, and M. Dennin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 018303 (2004)
  Nonlinear stress and fluctuation dynamics of sheared disordered wet foam, E. Pratt and M. Dennin, Phys. Rev. E 67, 051402 (2003).
  Comparison of steady-state shear viscosity and complex shear modulus in Langmuir monolayers, M. Twardos and M. Dennin, Langmuir 19, 3542 (2003).
  Domain Coarsening in Electroconvection, L. Purvis and M. Dennin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 86, 5898 (2001).
Grant NSF-Europe: Mechanical Properties of Thin-Film Active Materials grant #DMR-0354113
American Physics Society
American Association of Teachers
American Association for Advancement of Science
Research Centers Member of Institute for Surface and Interfacial Science
Member Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter
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Last updated 09/13/2007