Limmer Group

University of California, Berkeley

Recent News

@limmerlab · Aug 2

Want to sample nonequilibrium distributions? Check out

@limmerlab · Jul 11

Paper in PNAS today on reactivity at water-electrode interfaces with the Willard Group:

@limmerlab · Jun 19

The group welcomes postdoc Amael Obliger from MIT!

@limmerlab · May 29

David presents @ #CSC2017, "Rare fluctuations and response of materials driven out of equilibrium" in Toronto

@limmerlab · Apr 3

When does confinement matter for determining the properties of a liquid? Find out today in David's talk at #ACSSanFran

Group members

David Limmer

Principle Investigator

Amael Obliger


Chloe Gao

Graduate Student

Trevor Grand Pre

Graduate Student

Addison Schile

Graduate Student

Shujia Liang

Undergraduate Student


Our research endeavors to advance theoretical descriptions of complex, condensed phase materials especially in instances where equilibrium ideas do not apply. We do this using concepts and methods developed by considering contemporary statistical mechanics unified when appropriate with principles from disparate disciplines in theoretical science. We ultimately aim to derive effective theories and coarse-grained descriptions and do so with the help of modern numerical techniques and computer simulation. Inspiration for specific problems comes from close collaboration with experimentalists studying real physical systems in microscopic or mesoscopic detail. Specific areas of current interest include the emergent behavior of systems undergoing simple chemical dynamics in complex environments, the response of nanoscale systems driven far from equilibrium and the solid-electrolyte interfaces relevant to basic energy science.

Chemical dynamics

Nanoscale transport

Driven assembly

Featured Press

"A most singular nano-imaging technique" - Phys Org. (2015) | LINK

"Why water perfers the single life" - Physics World (2013) | LINK

“'Melting' ice yields hints of a second liquid water phase" - Physics Today (2013) | LINK

"Debated Waters" - Nature Materials (2014) | LINK