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Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

Crystal Structures of Spherical Colloids

Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics have a long and distinguished research tradition at Princeton’s Chemical Engineering Department. The emphasis is on fundamental problems, and a wide range of techniques are employed, from state-of-the-art computer simulation algorithms to elegant "pencil-and-paper" approaches. The range of problems which are currently being investigated include self-assembly in soft condensed matter, criticality in ionic systems, theory of rate constants, multi-scale simulation of materials, application of quantum chemistry to the study of failure mechanisms of materials under extreme conditions, statistical characterization of structure in heterogeneous materials, optimal design of composites, application of global optimization to protein folding, theory of supercooled liquids and the glass transition, thermodynamics and dynamics of confined fluids, thermodynamics of protein stability, statistical mechanics of protein evolution, and nucleation theory.

Faculty Research Area
Carter, Emily

Emily A. Carter
Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics
Founding Director, Gerhard R. Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

D404A Engineering Quad
609-258-5391
eac@princeton.edu

Computational Materials Science and Theoretical Chemistry


Debenedetti, Pablo

Pablo G. Debenedetti
Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science
Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Dean for Research

A419 Engineering Quad
609-258-5480
pdebene@princeton.edu

Liquid State Theory; Glass Transition; Nucleation Theory; Protein Thermodynamics; Molecular Simulation; Biopreservation; Origin of Biological Homochirality


Floudas, Christodoulos

Christodoulos A. Floudas
Stephen C. Macaleer '63 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science
Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

A325 Engineering Quad
609-258-4595
floudas@titan.princeton.edu

Process synthesis, design and operations; Mixed-integer nonlinear optimization; Global optimization; Computational Biology and Chemistry; Proteomics


Panagiotopoulos, Athanassios

Athanassios Z. Panagiotopoulos
Susan Dod Brown Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

A317 Engineering Quad
609-258-4591
azp@princeton.edu

Molecular simulation of fluids, materials and biological systems; Thermodynamic analysis of processes; Ionic liquids and their applications; Computational Material Science


White, Claire

Claire White
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.

E326 Engineering Quad E-Wing
609-258-6263
whitece@princeton.edu

Durability of Alkali-Activated Cements; Atomic and Nanoscale Morphology of Cementitious Materials; Reaction Kinetics of Cement Formation; Amorphous Carbonate Materials; Combined Modeling/Experimental Methodologies; Monte Carlo Methods; Ab-initio Calculations; Total Scattering Analysis.