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

The Willard Group, Spring 2016


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

May 2016: The paper describing our model of charge transfer dynamics has been published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. Read the paper here

November 2015: Our work with the Johnson Group investigating the self-assembly of polymer gels has been published in Nature Chemistry! Read the paper here

November 2015: Welcome to the group Paul Teichen and Kaitlyn Dwelle!

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