Executive Committee Biographies

Nicholas Abbott (Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison): Abbott’s research is focused on experiments involving amphiphiles, colloids and liquid crystals. His current interests include active control of self-assembly, interfacial ordering of liquid crystals, and colloidal dynamics in complex fluids.

Erik Luijten (Departments of Materials Science & Engineering [chair] and Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University). Luijten's research interests encompass a wide range of topics, with an emphasis on collective behavior in complex fluids and soft condensed-matter systems. His recent work focuses on colloidal self-assembly, nanoparticles for gene delivery purposes, bacterial self-organization, dielectric properties, and charge transport in polyelectrolyte systems. These topics are generally studied via large-scale computer simulations and novel algorithms.

Douglas Durian (Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania): Durian uses novel experimental probes of mesoscale structure and dynamics, coupled with theory and simulation, to elucidate rheology and time evolution in far-from-equilibrium particulate systems such as foams, colloids, granular media, and suspensions.

Randall Kamien (Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania): Kamien's interests are in the theoretical aspects of polymers, colloids, and liquid crystals. His work focuses, in particular, on the geometric and topological description of novel phases and the collateral mathematics.

Peter Olmsted (Department of Physics, Georgetown University): Olmsted studies theoretical Soft Matter and biophysics. Much of his work concerns mechanics and nonequilibrium conditions, such as rheology, flow induced phase transitions, and protein mechanics. Systems of interest include polymers, lipid bilayers, self assembling materials and liquid crystals, among others. He served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Complex Fluids Group in the Institute of Physics.

Juan de Pablo (Institute for Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago). De Pablo's interests are in the study of polymers, proteins, liquid crystals, colloids and glasses. Much of his work focuses on understanding the structure and properties of these materials, at equilibrium and far from equilibrium, through the use of theory and simulations.

Michael Rubinstein (Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina): Rubinstein's interests are in the area of soft condensed matter physics with an emphasis on polymer physics. His work focuses on polymer entanglements, dynamics of permanent and reversible polymer gels and networks, models of charged polymers, and physics of biological systems. He is a past chair of the APS Division of Polymer Physics.

Linda S. Hirst (University of California, Merced): Prof. Hirst is an experimentalist with broad soft matter interests. She has worked on the structure of ferroelectric smectic liquid crystal phases, biopolymer networks and domain formation in membranes. Her current interests include liquid crystal nanocomposites, topological defects in ordered fluids and biologically inspired active matter.

Pedro Reis (Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Reis's research and educational interests are centered in the field of the physics and mechanics of solids and structures, with an emphasis on the structural stability and geometric nonlinearities. Guided primarily through precision model experiments and novel computational approaches, he seeks to harvest mechanical instabilities towards understanding and exploiting novel functionalities in slender structures over a wide range of length scales.

Jean-Yves Delannoy is a Solvay researcher. He is responsible for the COMPASS lab in Pennsylvania which is a joint entity shared between Solvay, CNRS and the University of Pennsylvania. Jean Yves's current research interests focus mainly on multiscale modeling of polymer materials and general understanding of filled elastomers and polar polymers. Jean-Yves manages the modeling network at Solvay. He is also the leader of the "big data analytics & artificial intelligence team" for Research and Innovation.