Exploring how emergent properties in chemical physics are controlled by nanoscale disorder.

The Willard Group, Spring 2018


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

Recent News

July 2018: Our latest publication with the Johnson group about a class of materials that undergo reversible restructuring of network topology when you illuminate them has just been published in Nature! link

July 2018: More from our collaboration with the Tisdale Group about QD solids and how at low-temperature contractions of a QD super-lattice can have a large influence on charge carrier dynamics. link

June 2018: The Willard Group has produced its first Ph.D.s! Congratulations to Dr. Sucheol Shin and Dr. Liza Lee!

June 2018: Our latest publication about using water's interfacial molecular structure to quantify the effective strength of surface-water interactions has been published in J. Phys. Chem B. link

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