Green research group

Our research focuses on problems related to the dynamics and emergent behaviors of complex systems in chemical physics. We use a combination of analytical theory and computer simulations to understand (1) how the sudden ignition of hydrogen-oxygen mixtures is born from the collective behavior of individual chemical reactions and (2) how entropic forces drive liquids to mix and colloidal particles to self-assemble.

There are openings for a Postdoctoral Research Associate and Ph.D. students in Chemistry, Physics, or Computational Science.

Recent research projects

Simulations of hydrogen combustion

Using hydrogen for internal combustion engines or in fuel-cell based electric vehicles holds promise as an effective way to mitigate pollution in the atmosphere. The safe storage and controlled ignition of hydrogen are paramount to these practical applications. We are working on a statistical mechanical theory to learn the mechanisms of complex chemistry and characterize ignition phenomena.

Chaos in liquid matter

A critical question in diverse soft matter contexts is what role intermolecular forces play in the dynamics. We are working on a liquid state theory that explicitly includes the instability and chaos of molecular motion. We have found that measures of chaos carry the signatures of the well-known van der Waals picture of simple liquids.

Recent news

September 2017.-- Moupriya's paper was published in Phys. Rev. Lett. and covered by Physics Buzz.

July 2017.-- Luke and Mohammad's paper was published in J. Chem. Phys.

June 2017.-- Luke wins Oracle Doctoral Research Fellowship.

May 2017.-- Jonah wins Beacon Student Success Fellowship.

February 2017.-- Mohammad and Luke's paper was published in J. Phys. Chem. A.

February 2017.-- Moupriya's paper was published in Phys. Rev. E.

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