The European Physical Journal E – Soft Matter and BiologicalPhysics (EPJE) has awarded Iranian physicist Ramin Golestanian the 2017 EPJE Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Lecture Prize. Golestanian was selected for his outstanding theoretical contributions to the physics of microswimmers and their hydrodynamic interactions which have led to a series of exciting new discoveries and stimulated the development of the field of active matter.
Achieving the technology of hydro micro-turbine, researchers at Mechanical Engineering Department has manufactured and installed three of them in remote rural areas for sustainable power generation. One type of such turbines has been designed and built by this research team for the first time in the world.
Dr. Mir Abbas Jalali, a faculty member of mechanical engineering at Sharif University of Technology, and colleagues in the University of California, Berkeley, have shown that twirling wedding rings follow a different dance. Shortly after a ring is set spinning, its path can take a sudden turn and the ring starts spiraling in the opposite direction, like a boomerang.