Peter Yunker
Professional Title: 
Associate Professor
(404) 555-5555
B. S. Physics, Texas A&M University, 2005
Ph. D. Physics, University of Pennsylvania, 2012
Research Interests: 

Nonequilibrium systems, densely packed active matter with life and death events, microbial physics, structural mechanics, fracture mechanics, evolution.

Experimental videos:


Honors and Awards: 
Burstein Prize, University of Pennsylvania (2011)
Denenstein Award, University of Pennsylvania (2007)



"Zhang, Zexin; Xu, Ning; Chen, Daniel TN; Yunker, Peter; Alsayed, Ahmed M; Aptowicz, Kevin B; Habdas, Piotr; Liu, Andrea J; Nagel, Sidney R; Yodh, Arjun G; ",Thermal vestige of the zero-temperature jamming transition,Nature,459,7244,230-233,2009,Nature Publishing Group


"Yunker, Peter J; Still, Tim; Lohr, Matthew A; Yodh, AG; ",Suppression of the coffee-ring effect by shape-dependent capillary interactions,Nature,476,7360,308-311,2011,Nature Pu


"Han, Yilong; Shokef, Yair; Alsayed, Ahmed M; Yunker, Peter; Lubensky, Tom C; Yodh, Arjun G; ",Geometric frustration in buckled colloidal monolayers,Nature,456,7224,898-903,2008


"Chen, Ke; Ellenbroek, Wouter G; Zhang, Zexin; Chen, Daniel TN; Yunker, Peter J; Henkes, Silke; Brito, Carolina; Dauchot, Olivier; Van Saarloos, Wim; Liu, Andrea J; ",Low-frequency vibrations of soft colloidal glasses,Physical review letters,105,2,25501,2010


"Yunker, Peter; Zhang, Zexin; Aptowicz, Kevin B; Yodh, Arjun G; ","Irreversible rearrangements, correlated domains, and local structure in aging glasses",Physical review letters,103,11,115701,2009


"Yunker, Peter; Zhang, Zexin; Yodh, Arjun G; ",Observation of the disorder-induced crystal-to-glass transition,Physical review letters,104,1,15701,2010


"Chen, Ke; Manning, ML; Yunker, Peter J; Ellenbroek, Wouter G; Zhang, Zexin; Liu, Andrea J; Yodh, Arjun G; ",Measurement of correlations between low-frequency vibrational modes and particle rearrangements in quasi-two-dimensional colloidal glasses,Physical Review Letters,107,10


"Still, Tim; Yunker, Peter J; Yodh, Arjun G; ",Surfactant-induced Marangoni eddies alter the coffee-rings of evaporating colloidal drops,Langmuir,28,11,4984-4988,2012


"Yunker, Peter J; Chen, Ke; Zhang, Zexin; Ellenbroek, Wouter G; Liu, Andrea J; Yodh, Arjun G; ",Rotational and translational phonon modes in glasses composed of ellipsoidal particles,Physical Review E,83,1,011403,2011


"Zhang, Zexin; Yunker, Peter J; Habdas, Piotr; Yodh, AG; ",Cooperative Rearrangement Regions and Dynamical Heterogeneities in Colloidal Glasses with Attractive Versus Repulsive Interactions,Physical Review Letters,107,20,208303,2011


"Yunker, Peter J; Chen, Ke; Zhang, Zexin; Yodh, Arjun G; ","Phonon spectra, nearest neighbors, and mechanical stability of disordered colloidal clusters with attractive interactions",Physical Review Letters,106,22,225503,2011


"Yunker, Peter J; Gratale, Matthew; Lohr, Matthew A; Still, Tim; Lubensky, Thomas C; Yodh, Arjun G; ",Influence of particle shape on bending rigidity of colloidal monolayer membranes and particle deposition during droplet evaporation in confined geometries,Physical Review Letters, 108 (22), 228303, 2012


"Yunker, Peter J; Zhang, Zexin; Gratale, Matthew; Chen, Ke; Yodh, Arjun G; ",Relationship between neighbor number and vibrational spectra in disordered colloidal clusters with attractive interactions,The Journal of chemical physics,138,12,12A525,2013


"Yunker, Peter J; Lohr, Matthew A; Still, Tim; Borodin, Alexei; Durian, DJ; Yodh, AG; ",Effects of Particle Shape on Growth Dynamics at Edges of Evaporating Drops of Colloidal Suspensions,Physical Review Letters,110,3,035501,2013


"Gratale, Matthew D; Yunker, Peter J; Chen, Ke; Still, Tim; Aptowicz, Kevin B; Yodh, AG; ",Phonons in two-dimensional colloidal crystals with bond-strength disorder,Physical Review E,87,5,052301,2013,APS


"Yunker, Peter J; Durian, Douglas J; Yodh, Arjun G; ",Coffee rings and coffee disks: Physics on the edge,Physics Today,66,8,60-61,2013


"Yunker, Peter J; Chen, Ke; Gratale, Matthew D; Lohr, Matthew A; Still, Tim; Yodh, AG; ",Physics in ordered and disordered colloidal matter composed of poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) microgel particles,Reports on Progress in Physics,77,5,056601,2014


"Edwards, Chris; Zhou, Renjie; Hwang, Suk-Won; McKeown, Steven J; Wang, Kaiyuan; Bhaduri, Basanta; Ganti, Raman; Yunker, Peter J; Yodh, Arjun G; Rogers, John A; ",Diffraction phase microscopy: monitoring nanoscale dynamics in materials science [Invited],Applied optics,53,27,G33


"Still, Tim; Goodrich, Carl P; Chen, Ke; Yunker, Peter J; Schoenholz, Samuel; Liu, Andrea J; Yodh, AG; ",Phonon dispersion and elastic moduli of two-dimensional disordered colloidal packings of soft particles with frictional interactions,Physical Review E,89,1,012301,2014


Book Chapters: 


"Yunker, PJ; Yodh, AG; Still, T; ",Colloidal shape effects in evaporating drops,Physics of Complex Colloids,184,,447,2013,Courier Dover Publications