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Dr Alessio Zaccone quoted in American Physical Society focus article on breakthrough discovery

last modified May 25, 2018 10:34 AM
Dr Alessio Zaccone quoted in American Physical Society focus article on breakthrough discovery

Image from: Jan Maarten van Doorn, Joanne E. Verweij, Joris Sprakel, and Jasper van der Gucht, Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 208005 (2018).

CEB Dr Alessio Zaccone has been quoted, as a leading expert in the field of soft materials, in a focus article published by the American Physical Society to comment on a recent breakthrough published in the prestigious journal Physical Review Letters, where it also made it to the cover.

The discovery was made by an experimental group at the University of Wageningen (the Netherlands) and demonstrates for the first time that fatigue in a a prototypical soft material (a colloidal gel) is triggered by the necking of single strands which constitute the gel network.

This discovery is important for many applications in materials science and engineering and in materials processing, because failure to fatigue is currently the major limitation to the implementation of plastic-based and nanocomposite materials in many engineering applications.