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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, September 2014, From left: Keon Reid, Lara Patel, James Kindt, Lewen Yang, Karthik Uppulury)

Group research published in J. Phys. Chem. B and J. Chem. Phys - congratulations to postdoc Karthik Uppulury and group alumnus Patrick Coppock.

Group research published in Langmuir - congratulations Ph.D. student Lewen Yang.

Group research published in Macromolecular Theory and Simulations - congratulations Ph.D. alumna Ana West.

Kindt Group on Youtube: Video using animated molecular dynamics trajectories to discuss differences between saturated and unsaturated fats.

Congratulations to first-year student Keon Reid for being awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship!

Ana West successfully defended her dissertation was awarded her Ph.D. in December 2013. Dr. West will be joining the faculty at Mercer University as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Congratulations Ana!

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: Cholesterol in a Lipid Bilayer

Financial support for the Kindt group research activities provided by National Science Foundation grants CHE-1213904, CHE-0911285, CHE-0616383, and CHE-0316076.
Current support from the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society through grant 54642-ND6 is also gratefully acknowledged.


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