Laird Research Group


Top Row: Seth Martin, Brian Laird, Kaley Muir; Middle Row: Joyce Nguyen, Zeke Piskulich, Carl Heroneme; Bottom Row: Micah Welsch

The ultimate goal of materials chemistry is the understanding of the macroscopic properties of materials in terms of the microscopic molecular interactions. This is a common theme in all of the natural sciences. The differences between the various scientific disciplines (chemistry, biology, physics, materials sciences, etc.) often disappear as the traditional macroscopic phenomenology is replaced by a more molecular approach.

At present, most of what is known about the chemical and physical properties of materials is still largely empirical, especially in the case of amorphous, macromolecular or interfacial systems. The development of a microscopic theoretical description for a variety of such complex systems is the primary focus of our research.


Laird Group News

July 23, 2021 The paper "Molecular simulations of phase equilibria and transport properties in a model CO2-expanded lithium perchlorate electrolyte" by Zeke Piskulich and Brian B. Laird has been published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry B. Congratulations, Zeke! 

June 8, 2021  Congratulations to group member Dr.  Seth Martin for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Structure and thermodynamics of solid-fluid interfaces: simulation and theory" 

May 7, 2021   Congratulations to group member Dr. Zeke Piskulich for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Beyond Arrhenius: Fluctation Theory for Dynamics". 

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