Michael Rubinstein

Michael Rubinstein

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

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

Liao, Qi, et al. “Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Polyelectrolyte Solutions:  Nonuniform Stretching of Chains and Scaling Behavior.” Macromolecules, vol. 36, no. 9, American Chemical Society (ACS), May 2003, pp. 3386–98. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ma025995f. Full Text

Withers, Ian M., et al. “Monte Carlo simulation of homopolymer chains. I. Second virial coefficient.” The Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 118, no. 10, AIP Publishing, Mar. 2003, pp. 4721–32. Crossref, doi:10.1063/1.1543940. Full Text

McAllister, Karen, et al. “Polymeric Nanogels Produced via Inverse Microemulsion Polymerization as Potential Gene and Antisense Delivery Agents.” Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 124, no. 51, American Chemical Society (ACS), Dec. 2002, pp. 15198–207. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ja027759q. Full Text

Rubinstein, Michael, and Sergei Panyukov. “Elasticity of Polymer Networks.” Macromolecules, vol. 35, no. 17, American Chemical Society (ACS), Aug. 2002, pp. 6670–86. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ma0203849. Full Text

Semenov, A. N., and Michael Rubinstein. “Dynamics of Entangled Associating Polymers with Large Aggregates.” Macromolecules, vol. 35, no. 12, American Chemical Society (ACS), June 2002, pp. 4821–37. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ma0117965. Full Text

Dobrynin, Andrey V., and Michael Rubinstein. “Adsorption of Hydrophobic Polyelectrolytes at Oppositely Charged Surfaces.” Macromolecules, vol. 35, no. 7, American Chemical Society (ACS), Mar. 2002, pp. 2754–68. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ma0114943. Full Text

Zhulina, Ekaterina B., et al. “Adsorption Isotherms of Polyampholytes at Charged Spherical Particles†.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, vol. 105, no. 37, American Chemical Society (ACS), Sept. 2001, pp. 8917–30. Crossref, doi:10.1021/jp011230i. Full Text

Dobrynin, Andrey V., et al. “Adsorption of Polyelectrolytes at Oppositely Charged Surfaces.” Macromolecules, vol. 34, no. 10, American Chemical Society (ACS), May 2001, pp. 3421–36. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ma0013713. Full Text

Zhulina, E., et al. “Adsorption of a polyampholyte on a charged spherical particle.” The European Physical Journal E, vol. 5, no. 1, Springer Science and Business Media LLC, May 2001, pp. 41–49. Crossref, doi:10.1007/s101890170085. Full Text

Dobrynin, Andrey V., and Michael Rubinstein. “Counterion Condensation and Phase Separation in Solutions of Hydrophobic Polyelectrolytes.” Macromolecules, vol. 34, no. 6, American Chemical Society (ACS), Mar. 2001, pp. 1964–72. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ma001619o. Full Text