Laird Research Group


Left to Right Standing: Seth Martin, Zeke Piskulich, Brian Laird, Micah Welsch, Joyce Nguyen, Carl Heroneme
(Photo by Ashley Borkowski)

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

January, 2019 Joyce Nyugen and Micah Welsch have joined the group as first-year graduate students. Welcome!

August 24, 2018  Seth Martin's first paper with the Laird group has been chosen as a Feature Article/Editors pick for the Journal of Chemical Physics. The paper, entitled "Thermodynamics of the hard-disk fluid at a planar hard wall: Generalized scaled-particle theory and Monte Carlo simulation" has is also featured as an American Institute of Physics "SciLight" 

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