We use computer simulation and formal theory to study the fascinating
phenomenon of molecular self-assembly: the spontaneous and reversible
aggregation of molecules into a wide variety of structures. Self-assembly
is common in biological systems, and also provides a useful approach to
the synthesis of materials with nanoscale features. Our research goals
are to understand and predict how the sizes, shapes, and various other
properties of self-assembled structures depend on the chemical structures
of their constituents and on conditions of temperature, pressure and
concentration. Using a range of theoretical and computational tools (e.g.
molecular dynamics, Brownian dynamics, Monte Carlo, and statistical
thermodynamics) we can learn both how a molecule's structure influences
local packing and how local effects give rise to mesoscale
structure and bulk phase behavior.
(Picture above at group cookout/reunion, June 2012 - Front row from left: Xinjiang Lu, Cher Qi, Ana West.
Back row: Johnny Chung, Kevin Ma, Lewen Yang, Patrick Coppock, James Kindt.)
Congratulations to Ana West for winning the Soft Matter poster prize for "Effects of Defects on Stress Relaxation in Self-Assembled Protein Networks" at the 2011 International Symposium on Stimuli-Responsive Materials!
Kindt Group on Youtube:
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Financial support for the Kindt group research activities provided by NSF grants CHE-1213904, CHE-0911285, CHE-0616383, and CHE-0316076.