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.