Michael Rubinstein

Michael Rubinstein

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)

Office Location: 
Hudson Hall, Rm. 144, Box 90300, Durham, NC 27708
Front Office Address: 
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

Lang, Michael, et al. “Conformations of a Long Polymer in a Melt of Shorter Chains: Generalizations of the Flory Theorem.” Acs Macro Letters, vol. 4, no. 2, American Chemical Society (ACS), Feb. 2015, pp. 177–81. Crossref, doi:10.1021/mz500777r. Full Text

Cai, Li-Heng, et al. “Hopping Diffusion of Nanoparticles in Polymer Matrices.” Macromolecules, vol. 48, no. 3, American Chemical Society (ACS), Feb. 2015, pp. 847–62. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ma501608x. Full Text

Kalathi, Jagannathan T., et al. “Rouse Mode Analysis of Chain Relaxation in Homopolymer Melts.” Macromolecules, vol. 47, no. 19, American Chemical Society (ACS), Oct. 2014, pp. 6925–31. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ma500900b. Full Text

Zhulina, Ekaterina B., and Michael Rubinstein. “Lubrication by Polyelectrolyte Brushes.” Macromolecules, vol. 47, no. 16, American Chemical Society (ACS), Aug. 2014, pp. 5825–38. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ma500772a. Full Text

Hegde, Maruti, et al. “SWCNT induced crystallization in amorphous and semi-crystalline poly(etherimide)s: Morphology and thermo-mechanical properties.” Polymer, vol. 55, no. 16, Elsevier BV, Aug. 2014, pp. 3746–57. Crossref, doi:10.1016/j.polymer.2014.06.017. Full Text

Hemp, Sean T., et al. “RAFT polymerization of temperature- and salt-responsive block copolymers as reversible hydrogels.” Polymer, vol. 55, no. 10, Elsevier BV, May 2014, pp. 2325–31. Crossref, doi:10.1016/j.polymer.2014.03.062. Full Text

Liu, Kun, et al. “Copolymerization of Metal Nanoparticles: A Route to Colloidal Plasmonic Copolymers.” Angewandte Chemie International Edition, vol. 53, no. 10, Wiley, Mar. 2014, pp. 2648–53. Crossref, doi:10.1002/anie.201309718. Full Text

Klinkova, A., et al. “Colloidal analogs of molecular chain stoppers.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 110, no. 47, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nov. 2013, pp. 18775–79. Crossref, doi:10.1073/pnas.1315381110. Full Text

Pasquino, Rossana, et al. “Viscosity of Ring Polymer Melts.” Acs Macro Letters, vol. 2, no. 10, American Chemical Society (ACS), Oct. 2013, pp. 874–78. Crossref, doi:10.1021/mz400344e. Full Text

Abbaspourrad, Alireza, et al. “Microfluidic Fabrication of Stable Gas-Filled Microcapsules for Acoustic Contrast Enhancement.” Langmuir, vol. 29, no. 40, American Chemical Society (ACS), Oct. 2013, pp. 12352–57. Crossref, doi:10.1021/la402598p. Full Text