Michel Pleimling

The Office of the Vice President for Research recognizes Michel Pleimling, a professor of physics in the College of Science, for his advances in the field of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics.

Understanding of physics is important to the nation’s prosperity, security, and continuing innovation.

Among his current research, he is studying “Transient and Steady-state Properties far from Equilibrium” with support from the National Science Foundation and “Non-equilibrium Relaxation and Aging Scaling of Magnetic Flux Lines in Disordered Type-II Superconductors” with colleagues and support from the Department of Energy.

Pleimling says aging phenomena in glasses, as well as in simple magnets, are paradigmatic examples of non-equilibrium dynamical scaling, but may also be found in irreversible systems of chemical reactions.

In collaboration with colleagues, he published the first comprehensive account of the many phenomena associated with physical aging as well as of the theoretical approaches to describe in a unifying way phenomena observed in a vast range of different systems.

His book, titled Non-Equilibrium Phase Transitions Volume 2: Aging and Dynamical Scaling Far from Equilibrium, is the final volume of a two-volume set describing the main classes of non-equilibrium phase-transitions.

He recently co-organized two focus sessions on Strong Correlations in Systems far from Equilibrium at the American Physical Society in Denver.

He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed studies and four books.

Pleimling was a faculty member at the Institute of Theoretical Physics I of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany before joining Virginia Tech.


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