Welcome to the Pollack laboratory. Our orientation is rather fundamental — we are oriented toward uncovering some of nature’s most deeply held secrets, although applications interest us as well.
We are an active group, working in a stimulating environment (see People). Apart from the usual complement of postdocs, students and staff, a distinctive feature is the many undergraduates who are consistently attracted to the laboratory because of its open, free-thinking atmosphere.
Our areas of emphasis include the following:
Water has three phases – gas, liquid, and solid; but recent findings from our laboratory imply the presence of a surprisingly extensive fourth phase that occurs at interfaces. This finding may have unexpectedly profound implication for chemistry, physics and biology.
The findings above lend themselves to the development of transformative new technologies, involving water filtration, desalination, and water-based solar energy.
Water and Cell Biology:
Contemporary views of cell biology consider water merely as a background carrier of the more important molecules of life. However, water may be a central player in life processes.
Abundant evidence conflicts with prevailing views of the molecular mechanism of biological motion at the most fundamental levels. This same evidence suggests promising alternatives.
Origin of Life:
Fresh evidence provides new clues for solving the mystery of how life began.
Philosophy of Science and Scientific Activism:
Challengers of mainstream views face unprecedented barriers, in part due to the structure of current granting systems. Over the past decade we have initiated campaigns to open the granting systems to non-mainstream views, culminating with a bold proposal to President Obama.