Katharine E. Jensen

Katharine E. Jensen

Assistant Professor of Physics

Hopper Science Center Rm 24
At Williams since 2017


A.B. Princeton University (2004)
Ph.D. Harvard University (2013)

Scholarship/Creative Work

Selected Publications

  • C.D. Tally ‘21.5,* H.E. Kurtz ’20,* R.B. Tchuenkam ’23, K.E. Jensen. “How a leak can stop itself.” arXiv:2202.02644 (submitted, 2022) (*equal contribution).
  • M. Feofilova, S. Schüepp, R. Schmid, F. Hacker, H.T. Spanke, N. Bain, K.E. Jensen, and E.R. Dufresne. “Geometrical frustration of phase-separated domains in Coscinodiscus diatom frustules.” PNAS 119, e2201014119 (2022).
  • J. Kim ’19,* G.H. Kromm ’20,* O.K. Barnhill ’19, K. Han ’21, L.B. Heuer ’20, S. Loomis ’20, M.C. Newman ’20, J. Sperber ’18, T.B. Legan ’14, F.F. Gulamali ’21, K.E. Jensen, S.C. Funderburk, M.J. Krashes, and M.E. Carter. “An essential role for a discrete parasubthalamic nucleus subpopulation in appetite suppression.” eLife 11, e75470 (2022) (*equal contribution).
  • Q. Xu, L.A. Wilen, K.E. Jensen, R.W. Style, E.R. Dufresne. “Viscoelastic and poroelastic relaxations of soft solid surfaces.” Physical Review Letters 125, 238002 (2020).
  • Z. Liu, K.E. Jensen, Q. Xu, R.W. Style, E.R. Dufresne, A. Jagota, and C.-Y. Hui. “Effects of Strain-dependent Surface Stress on the Adhesive Contact of a Rigid Sphere to a Compliant Substrate.” Soft Matter 15, 2223 (2019).
  • J.D. Berman ’21, M. Randeria, R.W. Style, Q. Xu, J.R. Nichols ’21, Aidan J. Duncan ’23, M. Loewenberg, E.R. Dufresne, K.E. Jensen. “Singular dynamics in the failure of soft adhesive contacts.” Soft Matter 15, 1327 (2019). (Invited article published in Soft Matter Emerging Investigators 2019 special issue)
  • R.W. Style, B.A. Krick, K.E. Jensen, W.G. Sawyer. “The contact mechanics challenge: tribology meets soft matter.” Soft Matter 14, 5706 (2018).
  • K.E. Jensen, R.W. Style, Q. Xu, E.R. Dufresne. “Strain-Dependent Solid Surface Stress and the Stiffness of Soft Contacts.” Physical Review X 7, 041031 (2017).
  • Q. Xu,* K.E. Jensen,* R. Boltyanskiy, R. Sarfati, R.W. Style, E.R. Dufresne. “Direct Measurement of Strain-Dependent Solid Surface Stress.” Nature Communications 8, 555 (2017) (*equal contribution).
  • Y. Li, K.E. Jensen, Y. Liu, J. Liu, P. Gong, E. Scanley, C.C. Broadbridge, J. Schroers. “Combinatorial Strategies for Synthesis and Characterization of Alloy Microstructures over Large Compositional Ranges.” ACS Combinatorial Science 18, 630 (2016).
  • A. Singer, L. Boucheron, S.H. Dietze, K.E. Jensen, D. Vine, I. McNulty, E.R. Dufresne, R.O. Prum, S.G.J. Mochrie, O.G. Shpyrko. “Domain morphology, boundaries, and topological defects in biophotonic gyroid nanostructures of butterfly wing scales.” Science Advances 2, e1600149 (2016).
  • K.E. Jensen, N. Nakamura. “An iterative algorithm to improve colloidal particle locating.” Review of Scientific Instruments 87, 066103 (2016).
  • K.E. Jensen, R. Sarfati, R.W. Style, R. Boltyanskiy, A. Chakrabarti, M.K. Chaudhury, E.R. Dufresne. “Wetting and phase separation in soft adhesion.” PNAS 112, 14490 (2015).
  • R.W. Style, R. Boltyanskiy, B. Allen, K.E. Jensen, H.P. Foote, J.S. Wettlaufer, E.R. Dufresne. “Stiffening solids with liquid inclusions.” Nature Physics 11, 82 (2015).
  • K.E. Jensen, D.A. Weitz, F. Spaepen. “Local shear transformations in deformed and quiescent hard-sphere colloidal glasses.” Physical Review E 90, 042305 (2014).
  • R.C. Kramb, L.T. Ward, K.E. Jensen, R.A. Vaia, D.B. Miracle. “Structural property comparison of Ca-Mg-Zn glasses to a colloidal proxy system.” Acta Materialia 61, 6911 (2013).
  • R.C. Kramb, L.T. Ward, K.E. Jensen, R.A. Vaia, D.B. Miracle. “The structure of Cu-Zr glasses using a colloidal proxy system.” Acta Materialia 61, 2025 (2013).
  • K.E. Jensen, D.A. Weitz, F. Spaepen. “A three-dimensional calibration device for the confocal microscope.” Review of Scientific Instruments 84, 016108 (2013).
  •  K.E. Jensen, D. Pennachio, D. Recht, D.A. Weitz, F. Spaepen. “Rapid growth of large, defect-free colloidal crystals.” Soft Matter 9, 320 (2013).

Current Committees

  • Compensation Committee from Steering Committee
  • Global Studies