Matevž Marinčič is a second-cycle physics student at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana. His main research interest is soft matter physics, particularly active matter, photonic crystals, and metamaterials. He worked on a research project on cholesteric liquid crystal microlasers. He also likes to share his enthusiasm for physics with others by tutoring, collaborating on science competitions and other projects. Currently, he works on active nematics, which is the main topic for his master’s thesis.
This summer, Matevž will be visiting prof. Andrej Košmrlj at the Princeton University, where he will work on periodic elastic materials. Based on their geometry, these materials transmit or reflect specific vibrational modes, making them useful as acoustic metamaterials.
Besides being a researcher, Matevž has been an active member of his local scouting society since he was 10. This coincides with his love for nature and the outdoors – he likes hiking, trekking, mountaineering, rock climbing, skiing, or just having a picnic. He also combines these activities with his passion for traveling and exploring new cultures.