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.
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Nie, Zhihong, et al. “Self-assembly of metal–polymer analogues of amphiphilic triblock copolymers.” Nature Materials, vol. 6, no. 8, Springer Nature, Aug. 2007, pp. 609–14. Crossref, doi:10.1038/nmat1954. Full Text
Matsui, H., et al. “A physical linkage between cystic fibrosis airway surface dehydration and Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 103, no. 48, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nov. 2006, pp. 18131–36. Crossref, doi:10.1073/pnas.0606428103. Full Text
Wang, Zuowei, and Michael Rubinstein. “Regimes of Conformational Transitions of a Diblock Polyampholyte.” Macromolecules, vol. 39, no. 17, American Chemical Society (ACS), Aug. 2006, pp. 5897–912. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ma0607517. Full Text
Guo, Ji, et al. “Solution Properties of a Fluorinated Alkyl Methacrylate Polymer in Carbon Dioxide.” Macromolecules, vol. 39, no. 9, American Chemical Society (ACS), May 2006, pp. 3427–34. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ma052409k. Full Text
Liao, Qi, et al. “Counterion-Correlation-Induced Attraction and Necklace Formation in Polyelectrolyte Solutions: Theory and Simulations.” Macromolecules, vol. 39, no. 5, American Chemical Society (ACS), Mar. 2006, pp. 1920–38. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ma052086s. Full Text
Sheiko, Sergei S., et al. “Adsorption-induced scission of carbon–carbon bonds.” Nature, vol. 440, no. 7081, Springer Nature, Mar. 2006, pp. 191–94. Crossref, doi:10.1038/nature04576. Full Text
Xu, Hui, et al. “Flow-Enhanced Epitaxial Ordering of Brush-Like Macromolecules on Graphite.” Langmuir, vol. 22, no. 3, American Chemical Society (ACS), Jan. 2006, pp. 1254–59. Crossref, doi:10.1021/la052163c. Full Text
LaRue, Isaac, et al. “Reversible Morphological Transitions of Polystyrene-b-polyisoprene Micelles.” Macromolecules, vol. 39, no. 1, American Chemical Society (ACS), Jan. 2006, pp. 309–14. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ma051548z. Full Text
DOBRYNIN, A., and M. RUBINSTEIN. “Theory of polyelectrolytes in solutions and at surfaces.” Progress in Polymer Science, vol. 30, no. 11, Elsevier BV, Nov. 2005, pp. 1049–118. Crossref, doi:10.1016/j.progpolymsci.2005.07.006. Full Text