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.
Rubinstein, Michael, and Sergei Panyukov. Nonaffine Deformation and Elasticity of Polymer Networks.
Zheng, X., et al. “Long-Range Effects on Polymer Diffusion Induced by a Bounding Interface.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 79, no. 2, American Physical Society (APS), pp. 241–44. Crossref, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.79.241. Full Text
Zheng, X., et al. “Reptation Dynamics of a Polymer Melt near an Attractive Solid Interface.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 74, no. 3, American Physical Society (APS), pp. 407–10. Crossref, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.74.407. Full Text
Obukhov, Sergei P., et al. “Dynamics of a Ring Polymer in a Gel.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 73, no. 9, American Physical Society (APS), pp. 1263–66. Crossref, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.73.1263. Full Text
Rubinstein, Michael, et al. “Dynamics of Semidilute Polyelectrolyte Solutions.” Physical Review Letters, vol. 73, no. 20, American Physical Society (APS), pp. 2776–79. Crossref, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.73.2776. Full Text