Laird Research Group


Left to Right Standing: Prof. Brian Laird, Zeke Piskulich, Seth Martin, Dr. Pablo Palafox-Hernandez, Dr. Peter Barry

(Photo by Hiranya Mendis)

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

November 27, 2017

 

November 27, 2017  Former Laird Group member Dr. Scott Bembenek appeared on Cara Santa Maria's Talk Nerdy podcast (Episode 186) to promote his new popular science book The Cosmic Machine

August 5-11, 2017 Zeke Piskulich attended the Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) and Conference (GRC) on the Physics and Chemistry of Liquids and was elected co-chair of the 2019 GRS on this topic. 

July 27, 2017 Summer 2017 Laird Group REU student Trevor Neal (Westminster College) presented a poster entitled "Increasing the efficiency of electrostatic calculations for vapor-liquid equilibnrium at the 2017 KU Undergraduate Research Poster Session. [Photo]

July, 2017 Seth Martin attended the CCP5 Molecular Dynamics Workshop in Lancaster England. 

June 2017 Former graduate student, Isaak Daniels, started a postoc at McGill University in Montreal, Canada in the group of Prof. Alejandro Rey in Chemical Engineering.

June 2017  Brian Laird visited former postdoc Yang Yang at East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai, China and gave talks in both Physics and Chemsitry Departments at ECNU and Jiao Tong University. [Photo]

Dec. 15, 2016  Seth Martin has joined the group as a new graduate student. Welcome!

Dec. 15, 2016  Dr. Isaak Daniel's paper with Zhenxing Wang and Brian Laird "Dielectic Properties of Organic Solvents in an Electric Field" has been accepted to the Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 

August 2016 Dr. Pablo Palafox-Hernandez's paper with Brian Laird "Orientation dependence of heterogeneous nucleation at the Cu–Pb solid-liquid interface" was accept to the Journal of Chemical Physics. 

July 4, 2016  Dr. Pansy Patel's paper with Brian Laird and Ward Thompson "A Density Functional Theory Study of Ethylene Epoxidation Catalyzed by Niobium-doped Silica" has been accepted in the Journal of Molecular Catalysis. 

June 2016  Brian Laird has been appointed as an External Senior Fellow of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies in Freiburg, Germany. He will be there during his sabbatical in Summer and Fall 2016. He will also be working with the group of Roland Roth at the University of Tübingen Physics Department

May 23, 2016 Our paper "Electric potential calculation in molecular simulation of electric double layer capacitors" by Zhenxing Wang, David Olmsted, Mark Asta and Brian B. Laird has been accepted to a Special Issue on the Physics of Supercapacitors and Electroactuators in J. Phys.: Condensed Matter.

February 2016 Our paper "Tunability of Gas-Expanded Liquids under Confinement: Phase Equilibrium and Transport Properties of Ethylene-Expanded Methanol in Mesoporous Silica" [J. Phys. Chem. C, 120, 5010-5019 (2016)] was published online. 

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