Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
The research of the Rubinstein group is in the field of polymer theory and computer simulations. The unique properties of polymeric systems are due to the size, topology and interactions of the molecules they are made of. Our goal is to understand the properties of various polymeric systems and to design new systems with even more interesting and useful properties.
Our approach is based upon building and solving simple molecular models of different polymeric systems. The models we develop are simple enough to be solved either analytically or numerically, but contain the main features leading to unique properties of real polymers. Computer simulations of our models serve as an important bridge between analytical calculations and experiments.
Engineering Technologies to Determine Causal Relationships Between Chromatin Structure and Gene Regulation awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2022
Center for the Chemistry of Molecularly Optimized Networks awarded by National Science Foundation (Co Investigator). 2018 to 2021
Development of Novel Mycolytic Therapies for Lung Disease, Project 1: Mechanism of action of mucolytics in improving mucus clearance in lung disease awarded by University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2019
Button, B, Goodell, HP, Atieh, E, Chen, Y-C, Williams, R, Shenoy, S, Lackey, E, Shenkute, NT, Cai, L-H, Dennis, RG, Boucher, RC, and Rubinstein, M. "Roles of mucus adhesion and cohesion in cough clearance." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 115.49 (December 2018): 12501-12506. Full Text
Zhou, J, Wang, Y, Menard, LD, Panyukov, S, Rubinstein, M, and Ramsey, JM. "Enhanced nanochannel translocation and localization of genomic DNA molecules using three-dimensional nanofunnels." Nature Communications 8.1 (December 2017). Full Text
Wagner, CE, Turner, BS, Rubinstein, M, McKinley, GH, and Ribbeck, K. "A Rheological Study of the Association and Dynamics of MUC5AC Gels." Biomacromolecules 18.11 (November 13, 2017): 3654-3664. Full Text
Simon, JR, Carroll, NJ, Rubinstein, M, Chilkoti, A, and López, GP. "Programming molecular self-assembly of intrinsically disordered proteins containing sequences of low complexity." Nature Chemistry 9.6 (June 2017): 509-515. Full Text
Jacobson, DR, McIntosh, DB, Stevens, MJ, Rubinstein, M, and Saleh, OA. "Single-stranded nucleic acid elasticity arises from internal electrostatic tension." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114.20 (May 16, 2017): 5095-5100. Full Text
Gonzalez, MA, Simon, JR, Ghoorchian, A, Scholl, Z, Lin, S, Rubinstein, M, Marszalek, P, Chilkoti, A, López, GP, and Zhao, X. "Strong, Tough, Stretchable, and Self-Adhesive Hydrogels from Intrinsically Unstructured Proteins." Advanced Materials (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) 29.10 (March 2017). Full Text
Ge, T, Kalathi, JT, Halverson, JD, Grest, GS, and Rubinstein, M. "Nanoparticle Motion in Entangled Melts of Linear and Nonconcatenated Ring Polymers." Macromolecules 50.4 (February 28, 2017): 1749-1754. Full Text
Baeza, GP, Dessi, C, Costanzo, S, Zhao, D, Gong, S, Alegria, A, Colby, RH, Rubinstein, M, Vlassopoulos, D, and Kumar, SK. "Network dynamics in nanofilled polymers." Nature Communications 7.1 (December 2016). Full Text
Paturej, J, Sheiko, SS, Panyukov, S, and Rubinstein, M. "Molecular structure of bottlebrush polymers in melts." Science Advances 2.11 (November 2016): e1601478-e1601478. Full Text