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

The Willard Group, Spring 2017


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 2017: Our paper describing the effects of electrode on the microscpic mechanism of charge separation was published in PNAS. Read the paper here.

July 2017: Our paper describing how to account for the effects of ligands in continuum elastic sphere models of quantum dot vibrations was published in the Journal of Chemical Physics. Read the paper here.

March 2017: Kaitlyn was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Congrats Kaitlyn!

March 2017: Adam's paper (emerging from his graduate studies nearly 10 years ago!) titled "Intra-chain organisation of hydrophobic residues controls inter-chain aggregation rates of amphiphilic polymers" has been published in J. Chem. Phys. Link

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