Our research program explores how emergent physical properties are controlled by the characteristics of nanoscale disorder. This relationship arises when collective molecular fluctuations encounter environments with slowly relaxing nanoscale disorder. Our approach is theoretical, with an emphasis on the development and application of intuitive physical models. Our research group combines these models with the tools of modern statistical mechanics to illuminate (1) how collective molecular fluctuations are modified in the presence of nanoscale disorder and (2) how these modifications impact fundamental processes in chemistry, physics, and biology. To find out more about the research in our group visit the research page
October 2016: Our paper with the Tisdale group about the effect of ligands on the acoustic properties of quantum dot films has been published in J. Phys. Chem. Lett. Read the paper here.
September 2016: Kaitlyn's won a poster prize at the ECI conference for advanced membrane technology in Cork Ireland. Read about the conference here.
September 2016: Another collaborative paper with the Johnson Group has been published. This one looking at hierarchical structure in polyMOC gels. Read the paper here.
July 2016: Group postdoc, Liang Shi, has joined the faculty at the University of California, Merced. Best of luck Liang!
May 2016: Our paper on modeling magnetic field effects in donor-acceptor blends has been published in Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. Read the paper here.