Aleksandar S. Vesic Distinguished Professor
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Professor of Biomedical Engineering (Joint)
Professor of Physics (Joint)
Professor of Chemistry (Joint)
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.
Dobrynin, Andrey V., et al. “Long-Range Multichain Adsorption of Polyampholytes on a Charged Surface.” Macromolecules, vol. 32, no. 17, American Chemical Society (ACS), Aug. 1999, pp. 5689–700. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ma990353m. Full Text
Dobrynin, Andrey V., and Michael Rubinstein. “Hydrophobic Polyelectrolytes.” Macromolecules, vol. 32, no. 3, American Chemical Society (ACS), Feb. 1999, pp. 915–22. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ma981412j. Full Text
Buhler, E., et al. “Light-Scattering Study of Diblock Copolymers in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide: CO2Density-Induced Micellization Transition.” Macromolecules, vol. 31, no. 21, American Chemical Society (ACS), Oct. 1998, pp. 7347–55. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ma980442j. Full Text
Semenov, Alexander N., and Michael Rubinstein. “Thermoreversible Gelation in Solutions of Associative Polymers. 1. Statics.” Macromolecules, vol. 31, no. 4, American Chemical Society (ACS), Feb. 1998, pp. 1373–85. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ma970616h. Full Text
Rubinstein, Michael, and Alexander N. Semenov. “Thermoreversible Gelation in Solutions of Associating Polymers. 2. Linear Dynamics.” Macromolecules, vol. 31, no. 4, American Chemical Society (ACS), Feb. 1998, pp. 1386–97. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ma970617+. Full Text
Semenov, A. N., and M. Rubinstein. “Dynamics of strongly entangled polymer systems: activated reptation.” The European Physical Journal B, vol. 1, no. 1, Springer Science and Business Media LLC, Jan. 1998, pp. 87–94. Crossref, doi:10.1007/s100510050155. Full Text
Cooper, A. I., et al. “Extraction of a hydrophilic compound from water into liquid CO2 using dendritic surfactants.” Nature, vol. 389, no. 6649, Springer Science and Business Media LLC, Sept. 1997, pp. 368–71. Crossref, doi:10.1038/38706. Full Text
Bowman, W. A., et al. “Polyelectrolyte−Gelatin Complexation: Light-Scattering Study.” Macromolecules, vol. 30, no. 11, American Chemical Society (ACS), June 1997, pp. 3262–70. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ma961915u. Full Text
Obukhov, Sergei, et al. “Topologically Induced Glass Transition in Freely Rotating Rods.” Journal De Physique I, vol. 7, no. 4, EDP Sciences, Apr. 1997, pp. 563–68. Crossref, doi:10.1051/jp1:1997175. Full Text