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

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.

Colby, Ralph H., et al. “Scaling properties of branched polyesters. 2. Static scaling above the gel point.” Macromolecules, vol. 25, no. 26, American Chemical Society (ACS), Dec. 1992, pp. 7180–87. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ma00052a017. Full Text

Rubinstein, M., et al. “Comments on fluctuations of cross-links in gels.” Makromolekulare Chemie. Macromolecular Symposia, vol. 62, no. 1, Wiley, Sept. 1992, pp. 61–73. Crossref, doi:10.1002/masy.19920620108. Full Text

Mourey, T. H., et al. “Unique behavior of dendritic macromolecules: intrinsic viscosity of polyether dendrimers.” Macromolecules, vol. 25, no. 9, American Chemical Society (ACS), Apr. 1992, pp. 2401–06. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ma00035a017. Full Text

Colby, Ralph H., et al. “Chain entanglement in polymer melts and solutions.” Macromolecules, vol. 25, no. 2, American Chemical Society (ACS), Mar. 1992, pp. 996–98. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ma00028a076. Full Text

Leibler, Ludwik, et al. “Dynamics of reversible networks.” Macromolecules, vol. 24, no. 16, American Chemical Society (ACS), Aug. 1991, pp. 4701–07. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ma00016a034. Full Text

Viovy, Jean Louis, et al. “Constraint release in polymer melts: tube reorganization versus tube dilation.” Macromolecules, vol. 24, no. 12, American Chemical Society (ACS), June 1991, pp. 3587–96. Crossref, doi:10.1021/ma00012a020. Full Text

Obukhov, S. P., and M. Rubinstein. “Reply to the Comment on "Topological Glass Transition in Entangled Flux State".” Phy. Rev. Lett., vol. 66, 1991, pp. 2279–2279.

Obukhov, S. P., and Michael Rubinstein. “Universality of the Irreversibility Line.” Physical Phenomena at High Magnetic Fields, 1991.