Decoding crystal growth is essential for tech advances, and is the focus of a NSF CAREER Award received by assistant professor Julia Dshemuchadse. Read more about Dshemuchadse receives NSF CAREER Award for decoding crystal growth
Dshemuchadse joins MSE as an assistant professor after four years as a postdoctoral researcher at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She studies the structures of complex crystalline materials and their formation, aiming to understand the rules that govern their assembly and stability and to ultimately be able to predict and design new materials.
Dshemuchadse earned an undergraduate physics degree at TU Dresden in Germany, where she started working with X-ray diffraction to analyze the structures of inorganic compounds. Dshemuchadse then moved to Switzerland for her PhD in Materials Science at ETH Zurich, where she investigated building principles of complex intermetallic compounds under the guidance of Walter Steurer. In 2015, Dshemuchadse joined the group of Sharon Glotzer at the University of Michigan as a postdoc, where she started working with molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations to study soft-matter self-assembly.
Dshemuchadse now combines her background in crystallography with the modeling and discovery of materials via numerical simulations. Her group studies the self-assembly and stability of complex crystal structures.
Besides analyzing structures and determining symmetries, Dshemuchadse loves to read and travel, and enjoys exploring the outdoors—biking, hiking, and camping.
Research InterestsResearch Group Members
J. Dshemuchadse, “Soft matter crystallography—complex, diverse, and new crystal structures in condensed materials on the mesoscale” (2022). Journal of Applied Physics 131 (2), 020901. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0072017
J. Dshemuchadse, P. F. Damasceno, C. L. Phillips, M. Engel, S. C. Glotzer, “Moving Beyond the Constraints of Chemistry via Crystal Structure Discovery with Isotropic Multiwell Pair Potentials” (2021). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118 (21), e2024034118. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2024034118
A. T. Cadotte, J. Dshemuchadse, P. F. Damasceno, R. S. Newman, S. C. Glotzer, “Self-assembly of a space-tessellating structure in the binary system of hard tetrahedra and octahedra” (2016). Soft Matter 12 (34), 7073-7078. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C6SM01180B
W. Steurer, J. Dshemuchadse, “Intermetallics: Structures, Properties, and Statistics” (2016). Oxford University Press, International Union of Crystallography Monographs on Crystallography, ISBN: 9780198714552. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/intermetallics-9780198714552
J. Dshemuchadse, S. Bigler, A. Simonov, T. Weber, W. Steurer, “A new complex intermetallic phase in the system Al–Cu–Ta with familiar clusters and packing principles” (2013). Acta Crystallogr. B 69, 238–248. http://dx.doi.org/10.1107/S2052519213012761
J. Dshemuchadse, D. Y. Jung, W. Steurer, “Structural building principles of complex face-centered cubic intermetallics” (2011). Acta Crystallogr. B 67, 269–292. http://dx.doi.org/10.1107/S0108768111025390
Selected Awards and Honors
NSF CAREER Award (Faculty Early Career Development Program, National Science Foundation), 2021
James M. and Marsha D. McCormick Award for Outstanding Advising of First-Year Engineering Students (College of Engineering, Cornell University), 2021
Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow Award (University of Michigan), 2016
Max-von-Laue-Preis awarded to a Young Scientist (German Crystallographic Society (DGK)), 2015
SNSF Early Postdoc. Mobility fellowship (Swiss National Science Foundation), 2014
Dr. sc. (Materials Science), ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2013
Diploma (Physics), TU Dresden, Germany, 2008