Michael Rubinstein

Michael Rubinstein

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Professor of Biomedical Engineering (Joint)

Professor of Physics (Joint)

Professor of Chemistry (Joint)

Office Location: 
3377 Fciemas Building, Box 90300, Durham, NC 27708
Front Office Address: 
3377 Fciemas Building, Box 90300, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-5365


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.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Harvard University 1983

Zheng, X., et al. “Long-Range Effects on Polymer Diffusion Induced by a Bounding Interface.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 79, no. 2, American Physical Society (APS), pp. 241–44. Crossref, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.79.241. Full Text

Zheng, X., et al. “Reptation Dynamics of a Polymer Melt near an Attractive Solid Interface.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 74, no. 3, American Physical Society (APS), pp. 407–10. Crossref, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.74.407. Full Text