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)
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.
LaRue, Isaac, et al. “Wormlike Micelles of Block Copolymers: Measuring the Linear Density by AFM and Light Scattering.” Macromolecules, vol. 37, no. 13, American Chemical Society (ACS), June 2004, pp. 5002–05. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ma049845b. Full Text
Granick, S., and M. Rubinstein. “Polymers: A Multitude of Macromolecules”.” Nature Materials, vol. 3, 2004, pp. 586–87.
Graham, Richard S., et al. “Microscopic theory of linear, entangled polymer chains under rapid deformation including chain stretch and convective constraint release.” Journal of Rheology, vol. 47, no. 5, Society of Rheology, Sept. 2003, pp. 1171–200. Crossref, doi:10.1122/1.1595099. Full Text
Dobrynin, Andrey V., and Michael Rubinstein. “Effect of Short-Range Interactions on Polyelectrolyte Adsorption at Charged Surfaces†.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, vol. 107, no. 32, American Chemical Society (ACS), Aug. 2003, pp. 8260–69. Crossref, doi:10.1021/jp0225323. Full Text
Liao, Qi, et al. “Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Polyelectrolyte Solutions: Osmotic Coefficient and Counterion Condensation.” Macromolecules, vol. 36, no. 9, American Chemical Society (ACS), May 2003, pp. 3399–410. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ma0259968. Full Text
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