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Joseph Paulsen

Joseph Paulsen

Assistant Professor
Physics Department

223 Physics Building

Research Interests

  • Surface-tension driven flows
  • Memories in disordered materials
  • Elasticity and geometry of thin sheets

News Articles

Physicist Awarded Prestigious NSF CAREER Grant

Joseph Paulsen Lab Awarded Grant from American Chemical Society

Ultrathin elastic sheets wrap around liquid drops

Veiled Water Drops: How extremely thin plastic films enclose small droplets

Press Release: Researchers Use Ultrathin Sheets to Discover New Class of Wrapped Shapes

Physics of Wrapping Miniature Droplets Takes Cue from Street Floods


2013 Ph.D. in Physics
University of Chicago

B.A. in Physics and Mathematics, with distinction
St. Olaf College

Awards & Professional Honors

  • NSF CAREER Award (2017)
  • Grainger Foundation Fellowship, University of Chicago (2011-2012)
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society (Inducted Oct. 2006)

Selected Publications

Hyperuniformity with no fine tuning in sheared sedimenting suspensions. J. Wang, J. M. Schwarz, and J. D. Paulsen, Nature Communications 9, 2836 (2018).

Wrapping with a splash: High-speed encapsulation with ultrathin sheets. D. Kumar, J. D. Paulsen, T. P. Russell, and N. Menon, Science 359, 775 (2018).

Geometry-driven folding of a floating annular sheet. J. D. Paulsen, V. Démery, K. B. Toga, Z. Qiu, T. Russell, B. Davidovitch, and N. Menon, Physical Review Letters 118, 048004 (2017).

Curvature-induced stiffness and the spatial variation of wavelength in wrinkled sheets. J. D. Paulsen, E. Hohlfeld, H. King, J. Huang, Z. Qiu, T. P. Russell, N. Menon, D. Vella, and B. Davidovitch, PNAS 113, 1144 (2016).

Optimal wrapping of liquid droplets with ultrathin sheets. J. D. Paulsen, V. Démery, C. D. Santangelo, T. P. Russell, B. Davidovitch, and N. Menon, Nature Materials 14, 1206 (2015).