Physics Colloquium- Dr. Andrey Dobrynin Presenting Polymers & Soft Matter: Where Theory, Simulations & Experiments Meet


During the last decade our understanding of polymers and soft matter has tremendously benefited from synergistic approach combining theory, computer simulations and experiments. In this talk, I will describe several examples where this approach was instrumental in solving problems pertinent for design of new classes of polymeric materials and for elucidating their properties. In particular, I will show how theory and computer simulations helped with: (i) development of a synergistic approach to design of polymeric materials capable of mimicking mechanical properties of biological tissue and (ii) discovery of mechanism for graphene exfoliation and stabilization at interface between two immiscible solvents and utilization of this phenomena for design of polymer/graphene foams.  


Dr. Andrey Dobrynin is Alan N. Gent Ohio Research Scholar, Professor of Polymer Science at University of Akron. He received his B.S. (1987) and Ph.D. (1991) degrees in Polymer Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Moscow, Russia.  He joined the faculty at the University of Akron in July 2015. His research focuses on polyelectrolyte solutions and gels, charged polymers at surfaces and interfaces, electrostatic interactions in biological systems, wetting and adhesion at nanoscale, associating polymers, polymer networks and gels, soft-matter physics and biophysics.  More information is available from his research group web page:

Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Fisher Hall, 139
1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931

Event Type

Academics, Lectures/Seminars

Target Audience

General Public


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