Limmer Group

University of California, Berkeley

Recent News

@limmerlab · Oct 6

The Limmer group welcomes new graduate students Yulong and Yoon!

@limmerlab · Sep 11

New preprint on sampling rare nonadiabatic dynamics. All the excitement of TPS for your favorite photo-excited dynamics:

@limmerlab · Sep 1

David participates in the 2018 Kavli Institute Community Symposium: Cutting-Edge Science from Around the World in Oslo, Norway @KavliFoundation

@limmerlab · Jul 6

David is named a Scialog fellow from the Research Corporation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for their upcoming meeting on the chemical machinery of the cell

@limmerlab · Jul 21

David gives a talk on "Thoughts and methods concerning a response theory for currents" @TellurideSci on Condensed Phase Dynamics

Older Limmer group news here

Group members

David Limmer

Principle Investigator

Amael Obliger


Mirza Galib


Chloe Gao

Graduate Student

Trevor Grand Pre

Graduate Student

Addison Schile

Graduate Student

Avishek Das

Graduate Student

Yulong Dong

Graduate Student

Yoonjae Park

Graduate Student

Frank Gao

Undergraduate Student


Laura Scalfi - Visiting Student - CNRS Paris

Shujia Liang - Undergraduate Student - Stanford University


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

"Scientists discover material ideal for smart photovoltaic windows" - Phys Org. (2018) | LINK

"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