Our research is focused on the statistical mechanics of biological polymers, of heterogeneous materials, and of chemical dynamics in aqueous environments. Although these topics are physically diverse, they are unified by features of disorder and strong non-covalent interactions among many molecules. As such, they are amenable to similar approaches and can sometimes be understood in common terms. Exploiting this connection, we devise analytical and computational methods to reveal the underlying organization of complex systems at the frontiers of biology, chemistry and materials science.
• April 2011: Phillip Geissler received the UC Berkeley 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award! See a picture here.
• May 2011: Congratulations to Sucheol Shin for earning his B.S. and winning the Erich O. and Elly M. Saegebarth Prize in Chemistry! Check out the photo here.