Claudiu Stan

Claudiu Stan


claudiu.stan [at]

Office Location

Smith Hall 369

Claudiu Stan received his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard, and a scientist at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. His current research focuses on phase transitions and ultrafast dynamics in liquids and soft matter, and on developing new techniques for using X-ray lasers in physics, chemistry and biology.

Courses Taught

General Physics Recitation 21:750:203

Research Initiatives

Investigating and triggering phase transitions in metastable water with X-ray free-electron lasers. Investigation of rapid and nonlinear fluid dynamics phenomena associated with the rapid serial diffraction measurements at MHz X-ray lasers.


B.S. University of Bucharest
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Ultrafast molecular and nanoscale dynamics, X-ray lasers, microfluidics, phase transitions, metastable liquids, biophysics.


Selected Recent Publications:

How Cubic Can Ice Be?, A. J. Amaya, H. Pathak, V. P. Modak, H. Laksmono, N. D. Loh, J. A. Sellberg, R. G. Sierra, T. A. McQueen, M. J. Hayes, G. J. Williams, M. Messerschmidt, S. Boutet, M. J. Bogan, A. Nilsson, C. A. Stan, B. E. Wyslouzil., J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 8, 3216 (2017)

Liquid explosions induced by X-ray laser pulses, C. A. Stan, D. Milathianaki, H. Laksmono, R. G. Sierra, T. A. McQueen, M. Messerschmidt, G. J. Williams, J. E. Koglin, T. J. Lane, M. J. Hayes, S. A. H. Guillet, M. Liang, A. L. Aquila, P. R. Willmott, J. S. Robinson, K. L. Gumerlock, S. Botha, K. Nass, I. Schlichting, R. L. Shoeman, H. A. Stone, and S. Boutet., Nat. Phys. 10, 966 (2016)

Negative Pressures and Spallation in Water Drops Subjected to Nanosecond Shock Waves, C. A. Stan, P. R. Willmott, H. A. Stone, J. E. Koglin, M. Liang, A. L. Aquila, J. S. Robinson, K. L. Gumerlock, G. Blaj, R. G. Sierra, S. Boutet, S. A. H. Guillet, R. H. Curtis, S. L. Vetter, H. Loos, J. L. Turner, and F.-J. Decker., J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 7, 2055 (2016)

The magnitude of lift forces acting on drops and bubbles in liquids flowing inside microchannels, C. A. Stan, A. K. Ellerbee, L. Guglielmini, H. A. Stone, and G. M. Whitesides., Lab Chip 13, 365 (2013)

A microfluidic apparatus for the study of ice nucleation in supercooled water drops, C. A. Stan, G. F. Schneider, S. S. Shevkoplyas, M. Hashimoto, M. Ibanescu, B. J. Wiley, and G. M. Whitesides., Lab Chip 9, 2293 (2009)