Current group members:

  • Amanda Parker, PhD student (parkeram at phas.ubc.ca), since Sept 2011
    "Mechanics of nanostructured copolymers"
  • Vasiliy Triandafilidi, PhD student in Chemical Engineering (co-supervised with Prof. S. Hadzikiriakos), since Jan 2015
    "Theory and modeling of the piezoionic effect in hydrogels"
  • Derek Fujimoto, QuESt  PhD student (fujimoto at phas.ubc.ca), since Jan 2016
    "NMR experiments and molecular simulations of relaxation in polystyrene films"
    (co-supervised with Profs R. Kiefl and W.A. Macfarlane)
  • Daniel Bruns, QuEST PhD Student (dbruns at phas.ubc.ca), since Jan 2017
    "Heat transport in carbon nanotubes and the heat trap effect"
    (co-supervised with Profs A. Nojeh and S. Phani)

  •  Mona Habibi, postdoctoral fellow, since Aug 2014 (co-supervised with Prof. Steve Plotkin)
    "Protein force spectroscopy with atomistic and coarse-grained simulations"

Former group members:

        Postdocs:       
  •  Michael Greenwood, postdoctoral fellow, Jan 2009 - Jan 2011
    "Phase field crystal modeling"
  • Joel Berry, Postdoctoral Fellow, Jan 2012-Nov 2013 (based at McMaster University)
    "Phase field crystal modeling of microstructure evolution"
  • Evgeniya Dontsova, Postdoctoral Fellow, April 2013-July 2015 (jointly with Prof. Chad Sinclair)
    "Dynamical variational Gaussian methods for diffusion in alloys"

        Graduate Students:
  • David Thompson, MSc thesis (Sept 2005-Aug 2007):
    "The Local Coulombic Monte Carlo Algorithm: Applications to the electric double layer"
  • Aleksy Jones, MSc thesis (Sept 2006-Aug 2008, jointly with Prof. Tom Tiedje):
    "Kineticall determined surface topology during epitaxial growth"
  • Bruce Krayenhoff, MSc thesis  (Jan 2007-Mar 2009):
    "Nonlocal dielectric effects on the dielectric barrier of an ion channel"
  • Alex Morriss-Andrews. MSc student (Sept 2007-Aug 2009, jointly with Prof. Steven Plotkin)
    "Coarse grained modeling of DNA using ellipsoids"
  • Mya Warren, PhD thesis (Jan 2006 - Dec 2009).
    "Aging and memory in glassy materials"
  • Amy Liu, MSc thesis, (Jan 2008 - Dec 2009):
    "Physical aging in polymer glasses and nanocomposites"
  • Matthew Badali, MSC thesis (Sept 2010-Sept 2012)
    "Nonlocal dielectric response of water"
  • Anton Smessaert, PhD thesis (Jan 2011-April 2015)
    "Microscopic Perspective of Polymer Glasses During Physical Aging and Mechanical Deformation:
    A computational study of dynamical heterogeneity, plasticity, and soft vibrational modes as the link to the molecular structure."
  • Shahzad Ghanbarian, PhD student (Sept 2009 - April 2015)
    "Atomistic and coarse-grained simulations of DNA electrostatics"
  • Liam Huber, PhD student (liam.huber at gmail.com), since Sept 2009
    "Quantum simulations of the interaction between solutes and defects in metals"
    (jointly with Prof. M. Militzer, Materials Engineering)

    Undergraduate Honour's Theses:

  • "Phase field models for cell dynamics" (Sept 2015-May 2016)
  • "Simulations of stable glasses via vapour deposition" (Sept 2015-May 2016)
  • "Atomistic simulations of the iron-carbon system"(Sept 2008-April 2009)
  • "Atomistic simulations of physical aging in polyethylene", UG Honour's thesis (Sept 2007-April 2008)
  • "Phase field models for disordered solids", (Sept 2006-April 2007)
  • "Molecular dynamics simulations of the force-extension relation in simple models of semiflexible biopolymers", (Sept 2005-April 2006)
  • "Simulating effects of shearing on the ordering of bilayer systems" (Sept 2005-April 2006)

    Summer USRAs:
  • David MacNeill, Summer USRA (May-Aug 2010):
    "Atomistic yield criteria for polymer glasses"
  • Kimberley Chang, Summer USRA (May-Aug 2014):
    "Mechanical properties of a coarse-grained model of DNA"