Professor Justin Burton selected to recieve NSF CAREER Award

Professor Justin BurtonProfessor Justin Burton has been selected to receive a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, which recognizes the highest level of excellence among early-stage researchers. The $625,000 award will be allocated over a 5 year period.

Burton's research aims to understand the ways in which a jammed, amorphous solid can vibrate and fluctuate. By using “model” systems such as colloidal dust suspended in a gaseous plasma, Burton and his research team can visualize the individual motion of particles which constitute the near-effortless structural rearrangements in amorphous systems. Not only do the research activities shed light on the individual molecular motions common in amorphous solids such as glasses, but they provide a connection between dynamics and disorder in a broad range of physical systems.

Burton completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Cincinnati, and received his PhD from the University of California, Irvine. After a postdoctoral position at the University of Chicago, he joined the Emory Department of Physics in 2013.