Nate earned a Ph.D. in Physics as a member of the Fraden Lab studying synchronization and pattern formation in coupled chemical oscillators.
MRSEC Research in the Fraden Lab
“My dissertation research focused on studying the synchronization behavior of coupled chemical oscillators. The Fraden Group specializes in microfluidic techniques so the approach was to take the oscillatory Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction and create a 100-micron scale emulsion of the system where the droplets of the BZ reaction would be coupled via diffusion through the intervening oil. Controlling the geometry and coupling strength with various methods we were able to directly test Allan Turing’s theory of morphogenesis for the first time.”