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

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