Patrick Mayor


Patrick Mayor

Tel: +41 21 693 8166


Patrick Mayor studied physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and did his doctoral research on soft condensed matter physics at the Institute of Physics of Complex Matter at the EPFL. During his PhD thesis, entitled "Fluid and glassy phases of vibrated granular matter studied with a torsion oscillator", he focused on the central concept of temperature in out-of-equilibrium systems, and developed a method to probe these systems based on fundamental statistical mechanics theory. The experiment has become well known in the field and the research yielded several publications in major journals (including the cover page of Nature), a lot of Swiss and international media coverage, and won the EPFL doctorate award for the best thesis of year 2005 as well as the Charles Haenny prize.

As a post-doctoral fellow for 2 years at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA, Patrick Mayor worked on impact phenomena in granular materials, supported by an SNSF grant. In parallel to his research activities, Patrick Mayor has taken an active role in teaching, and collaborated on various mathematics and physics classes, giving exercises sessions as well as the main lecture occasionally.

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