Limmer Group

University of California, Berkeley

Recent News

@limmerlab · Apr 12

Congratulations to Chloe and Addison for both passing their qualifying exams!

@limmerlab · Apr 9

David gives a seminar at the University of Utah on phase transitions in perovskites

@limmerlab · Mar 29

Paper on importance sampling large deviation functions chosen as an Editor's pick at JCP!

@limmerlab · Mar 23

David gives a seminar on "Charge density correlations in electrolyte solutions and their impact in electrochemical properties" at Lausanne node of CECAM …

@limmerlab · Feb 13

The group welcomes postdoc Mirza Galib from PNNL!

@limmerlab · Jan 21

New paper on perovskite phase transitions with the Yang and Alivisatos' groups: "Thermochromic halide perovskite solar cells"

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

Laura Scalfi

Visiting Student

Avishek Das

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

"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