Laird Research Group


From Left: Jonah Ludiker, Brian Laird, JayHawk, Micah Welsch, Joyce Nguyen and Ben Fuller.( 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

April 17, 2022: Congratulations to former group member Dr. Zeke Piskulich has been selected as the 2022 Marnie and Bill Argersinger Dissertation Award for the top KU dissertation in a STEM field.

March 15, 2022  Former Laird and Thompson Group member Zeke Piskulich has been announced as the winner of the  2022 Jankunas Doctoral Dissertation Award in Chemical Physics from the American Chemical Society.

December 14, 2021  Former Laird and Thompson Group member Zeke Piskulich has been announced as one of three finalists for the 2022 Jankunas Doctoral Dissertation Award in Chemical Physics from the American Chemical Society. He will be presenting a talk at the March APS meeting and the winner will be announced shortly afterwards. Congratulations, Zeke! 

August 5, 2021 Zeke Piskulich's paper "Molecular Simulations of Phase Equilibria and Transport Properties in a Model CO2-Expanded Lithium Perchlorate Electrolyte" has  been published in the Journal of Chemical Physics. 

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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