Electrostatic Effects in Polymers and Soft Matter

Electrostatic Effects in Polymers and Soft Matter

We use theory and computer simulation to study a variety of charged polymer and soft matter systems, with a particular focus on the role of electrostatic correlations.

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Nucleation or Barrier Crossing

Nucleation or Barrier Crossing

We develop novel density functional theories and self-consistent-field theories that can accurately describe the inhomogeneous structures to study the nucleation/barrier crossing in a number of soft-matter and polymer systems

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Dynamics and Rheology of Associating Polymers

Dynamics and Rheology of Associating Polymers

We are studying how polymers diffuse in physically crosslinked gel network. We are also investigating how the networks break and reform under large/rapid deformation and how this structural rearrangement in turn affects their rheological behavior.

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Recent News


  • Nov. 2018: JJ has joined as a professor of physics at Chinese Science of Academy, China. Congratulations JJ !
  • Sep. 2018: Pengfei has joined as a professor of physics at Donghua University, China. Congratulations Pengfei !
  • Aug. 2018: Kevin successfully defended his thesis and now joining Fredrickson group at UCSB. Congratulations, Dr. Shen !

 

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Zhen-Gang Wang Group
Chemical Engineering MC 210-41
California Institute of Technology
1200 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91125