Welcome to the Takatori Lab! 

Our objective is to understand and engineer soft materials with unusual physical properties and interfaces.

We combine theoretical fluid dynamics, nonequilibrium statistical physics, and bottom-up experiments.

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Controlling colloidal self-assembly and suspension rheology by modulating the interfacial dynamics, inspired by the unique physical properties of membranes.

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Predicting growth and mechanics of viscoelastic monolayers with theories and experiments that incorporate self-propulsive activity, elastic bending, and glassy dynamics.

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Understanding microbial transport in complex materials by analyzing colloidal dynamics in confined, porous media with soft polymer substrates.

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Using nonequilibrium forces to tune material properties in colloidal hydrogels + dense amorphous suspensions.

News

09/21: Graduate fellowship!
Graduate student Starry Xu wins a Dow Discovery fellowship.  Congratulations!  Check out her news article.

03/21: DoD grant
Our lab receives a DoD grant.  Thank you for the support!

03/21: Graduate fellowships!
Graduate students Daniel Arnold and Kevin Modica win NSF fellowships.  Congratulations!  Check out their news article.

04/20: New paper in PRL

"Active Contact Forces Drive Nonequilibrium Fluctuations in Membrane Vesicles" is published in PRL, in collaboration with Amaresh Sahu.

03/20: New researchers in the lab!

Graduate students Daniel Arnold, Starry Xu, and Kevin Modica join the lab!  Undergraduates  Lawrence Xi and Stephanie Anujarerat join the lab!  We are all persevering through COVID!

03/20: Research begins! (... and shuts down 2 days later))

We have officially begun our group at UCSB Chemical Engineering! Interested postdoctoral scholars and PhD students, both experimentalists and theorists, are encouraged to get in touch! See "Join" page for details.

UCSB Chemical Engineering

We are excited to start at UCSB's Chemical Engineering during the 2019-2020 academic year! Construction of the lab is underway! Interested postdoctoral scholars and PhD students, both experimentalists and theorists, are encouraged to get in touch! See "Join" page for details.