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

Obukhov, Sergei P., et al. “Network Modulus and Superelasticity.” Macromolecules, vol. 27, no. 12, American Chemical Society (ACS), June 1994, pp. 3191–98. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ma00090a012. Full Text

Adjari, Armand, et al. “Slippage of an entangled polymer melt on a grafted surface.” Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and Its Applications, vol. 204, no. 1–4, Elsevier BV, Mar. 1994, pp. 17–39. Crossref, doi:10.1016/0378-4371(94)90415-4. Full Text

Brochard-Wyart, Francoise, et al. “Dynamics of Stars and Linear Chains Dissolved in a Polymer Melt.” Macromolecules, vol. 27, 1994, pp. 803–08.

Rubinstein, Michael, and Ralph H. Colby. “Elastic Modulus and Equilibrium Swelling of Near-Critical Gels.” Macromolecules, vol. 27, 1994, pp. 3184–90.

Colby, Ralph, et al. “Hydrodynamics of polymer solutions via two-parameter scaling.” Journal De Physique Ii, Edp Sciences, vol. 4, 1994, pp. 1299–310. Manual, doi:10.1051/jp2:1994201>. Full Text

Ichael Rubinstein, M., and S. P. Obukhov. Memory Effects in Entangled Polymer Melts. Vol. 71, 1993.

Witten, T., et al. “Reinforcement of rubber by fractal aggregates.” Journal De Physique Ii Edp Sciences, vol. 3, 1993, pp. 367–83. Manual, doi:10.1051/jp2:1993138>. Full Text

Rubinstein, Michael, and S. P. Obukhov. “Power-Law-Like Stress Relaxation of Block Copolymers: Disentanglement Regimes.” Macromolecules, vol. 26, 1993, pp. 1740–50.

Obukhov, S., and M. Rubinstein. “Scaling of megabase DNA undergoing gel electrophoresis.” Journal De Physique Ii, Edp Sciences, vol. 3, 1993. Manual, doi:10.1051/jp2:1993212>. Full Text

Johner, A., et al. “Chain Statistics in Adsorbed Polymer Solutions.” Europhysics, vol. 22, 1993, pp. 591–96.