We are interested in theoretically understanding the complex structural and dynamic behaviors of soft matter systems. Soft matters constitute the basic components of living systems and are a critical component of materials that could meet the emergent requirements of sectors like environment, energy and medicine.
Modeling complex soft matter systems with multiple components, interactions and length/time scales poses great challenges. We seek to develop simple molecular theories to elucidate the physical insights behind the complex behaviors shown by these systems. With the fundamental advances, we build detailed computational tools using field theoretical techniques, network theories, liquid-state integral equations and computer simulations as a low-cost, high-throughput platform.
We collaborate closely with experimentalists for rational design of new materials for antifouling membranes, batteries, stimuli-responsive gels and biomedical materials.