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

March 2018: Adam is at the ACS meeting accepting the Openeye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award!

March 2018: Our paper describing showing that hydrogen bond defects contribute significantly to water's interfacial dielectric properties has been published in J. Phys. Chem. Lett.! link

February 2018: Adam has been promoted to the rank of Associate Provessor Without Tenure (AWOT)! See the announcement here..

January 2018: Welcome to the group our new undergraduate researcher, Songela Chen. Songela will be studying the effects of spatial heterogeneity on the dynamics of ions in polymeric systems.

January 2018: Our latest paper with the Johnson group, studying the effects of monomer chirality on the structure of di-block co-polymers has been published in JACS! Read the paper here.

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