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.
Rubinstein, Michael, and M. Ya Azbel. “Boundary resistance and "pseudolocalization" in one-dimensional periodic systems.” Physical Review B, vol. 27, no. 10, American Physical Society (APS), pp. 6484–86. Crossref, doi:10.1103/physrevb.27.6484. Full Text
Xu, Hui, et al. “Molecular Visualization of Conformation-Triggered Flow Instability.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 94, no. 23, American Physical Society (APS). Crossref, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.94.237801. Full Text
Azbel, M. Ya, and Michael Rubinstein. “Phase Correlations in One-Dimensional Disordered Systems.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 51, no. 9, American Physical Society (APS), pp. 836–39. Crossref, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.51.836. Full Text
Du, Rose, et al. “Unexpected Scenario of Glass Transition in Polymer Globules: An Exactly Enumerable Model.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 84, no. 11, American Physical Society (APS), pp. 2417–20. Crossref, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.84.2417. Full Text
Azbel, M. Ya, and Michael Rubinstein. “One-dimensional random Ising ferromagnets and antiferromagnets.” Physical Review B, vol. 28, no. 7, American Physical Society (APS), pp. 3793–98. Crossref, doi:10.1103/physrevb.28.3793. Full Text
Deshkovski, Alexander, et al. “Counterion Phase Transitions in Dilute Polyelectrolyte Solutions.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 86, no. 11, American Physical Society (APS), pp. 2341–44. Crossref, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.86.2341. Full Text
Rubinstein, Michael, and Sergei Panyukov. Nonaffine Deformation and Elasticity of Polymer Networks.