Marcel Utz
Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physics
Research Group Affiliation
Condensed Matter Physics
University of Connecticut
97 North Eagleville Road, U-3136
Storrs, CT 06269
Room No: IMS-307
Tel: (860) 486-4716
Fax: (860) 486-4745

Marcel Utz

Our research is centered around the molecular processes that govern the mechanical properties of amorphous solids. Unlike the crystalline state, which is by now understood at an impressive level of detail, many fundamental questions are still unanswered for the glassy state of matter. Our efforts concentrate on the following areas:
  • Development of methods and tools for the structural and dynamic investigation of amorphous solids, particularly glassy polymers;
  • Characterization of structural changes induced by plastic deformation in such materials;
  • Establishment of relationships between the structure of amorphous materials and their mechanical properties using both experimental data and extensive computer simulation.
The pursuit of these research goals requires the application of a broad spectrum of experimental, numerical and theoretical methods, such as solid-state NMR and optical spectroscopy, mechanical testing, synthetic and preparative polymer chemistry, statistical mechanics, molecular simulation, and quantum chemistry.
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