Former Members

Former Group Members 

Postdoctoral Researchers and Research Associates

 Prof. Pablo Palafox-Hernandez 
 Current Position: Assistant Professor, St. Scholastica College, Duluth, MN 

 Dr. Pansy Patel       

Current Position - Scientist, PPG Industries, Monroeville, PA, USA


 Dr. Peter Barry 
 Current Position: Statistical Analyst, UPS Louisville, KY 


  Dr. Zhenxing Wang

  Current Position - Scientist,  Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd., NingDe, Fujian, 352100, China.


Dr. Yang YangDr. Yang Yang
Current Position- Faculty of Physics, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China 

Dr.  Soohwan LeeDr. Soohwan Lee


Dr. Ning He

Dr. Ning He
Current Position- Staff Scientist at Dalian Ligong Qiwangda Chemical Technology , Dalian, China

Dr. Ayla KolDr. Ayla Kol
Microsoft Corporation, Richland Washington \>


Dr. Xiaobing FengDr. Xiaobing Feng, currently in Toronto, Canada


Dr. Ruslan DavidchackDr. Ruslan Davidchack
Ph.D., Physics, 2000
Current Position -Professor and Chair, Mathematics, University of Leicester, UK

Prof. Yao HonounougboProf. Yao Honounougbo
Ph.D. 2002
Current Position - Associate Professor, University of Eastern Washington, Cheney, WA

Graduate Students

  Isaak Daniels 

​​ "Molecular Simulation of Materials for Energy Applications "

  Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Chemistry, University of Arizona 


Jesse Kern photoJesse Kern

"Thermodynamics of Solid-Liquid Interfaces"; "Molecular Modeling for the Design of Sustainable Chemical Processes" 

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Randolf University, Lynchburg, VA 

Pablo Palafox-Hernandez

Pablo Palafox-Hernandez
PhD 2011
Current Position - Postdoctoral researcher, KU, CEBC (Laird Group)

Dr. Majeed AminiDr. Majeed Amini
Ph.D., Physics, 2006
Current Position - Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Ahlia University, Bahrain



Prof. Rachel Sibug-AgaProf. Rachel Sibug-Aga Ph.D. 2002

Current Position - Asst.Professor, Wright State University, Dayton, OH

Prof. Yao HonounougboProf. Yao Honounougbo
Ph.D. 2002
Current Position - Asst.Professor, University of Eastern Washington, Cheney, WA

Dr. Jess B. SturgeonDr. Jess B. Sturgeon
Ph.D. 2001
Current Position - Principal Software Engineer at ISPA Technology, Southern Pines, NC

Dr. Ruslan DavidchackProf. Ruslan Davidchack
Ph.D., Physics, 2000
Current Position - Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematics, University of Leicester, UK

Dr. Steve BondDr. Steve Bond
Ph.D., Mathematics, 1998, co-advised with Ben Leimkuhler
Current Position - Applied Mathematics Division of Sandia National Laboratory.

Scott BembenekDr. Scott Bembenek
Ph.D., 1997
Current Position - Principal Scientist, Computational Drug Discovery, Johnson & Johnson, La Jolla, CA.

Laird Group News

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" 

April 5, 2018: Congratulations to Ph.D. Student Zeke Piskulich of the Laird and Thompson Groups on receiving a prestigious NSF Graduate Student Fellowship. 

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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