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The Paulsen Group has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for a project titled: “Ultrathin sheets on curved liquid surfaces: Stress focusing and interfacial assembly”. Work over the next 5 years will investigate geometric frustration in a class of extremely bendable materials that are nonetheless hard to stretch, including ultrathin polymer films, textiles, and lightweight inflatable structures. The results will uncover new ways for controlling liquid interfaces by using flexible sheets, going beyond current methods using soap or solid particles. The research is coupled to a set of education and outreach projects, including the development of an installation on wrinkling for the Museum of Science and Technology in downtown Syracuse, NY.

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