(Edmond) Tingtao Zhou

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218 Gates-Thomas Laboratory (44)


Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences
218 Gates-Thomas Laboratory 
Caltech, 1200 E California Blvd. MC 155-44
Pasadena, CA 91125, USA


I am a Drinkward postdoctoral fellow at Caltech, working with Prof. Chiara Daraio and Prof. John Brady. I received my Ph.D. in statistical physics from MIT in 2019.

I publish under my legal name Tingtao Zhou. In life and work I am often referred to by the nickname Edmond.

Current Research Area

My research revolves around theory and applications of non-equilibrium statistical physics. Specifically I am interested in applying math and simulation techniques to study fundamental mechanisms and designs for complex/disordered materials.

Organized by subjects:

  • Fractional-order calculus (non-Gaussian /non-Markovian stochastic processes)
  • Active matter physics
  • Electrostatics
  • Porous/Granular mechanics

Organized by materials/applications:

  • Bacterial motion
  • Catheter design to prevent contamination
  • Cement drying shrinkage, freeze-thaw damage mechanisms
  • Electrochemical systems
  • Astrophysical dusts and turbulence

Related Interets

  • Machine learning and its application to soft matter physics

Before my Ph.D., I obtained B.Sc in Physcis at the Peking University.

My current work is generously supported by the Cecil and Sally Drinkward Fellowship.

During my PhD thesis, I thank the support by the Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub)