Bio-soft matter physics

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My research team and external collaborators focuses on exploring the intricate dynamics and structural properties of biological and liquid matter. Using classical force-field based molecular dynamics simulations, alongside numerical and analytic computations, as well as scaling arguments, we delve into the complexities of these systems. Our research covers a broad range of topics, including the phenomena of wetting, the behavior of droplets and bubbles, the study of lipid membranes, the self-assembly processes of surfactants, and the phenomenon of cavitation. Through this multifaceted approach, we strive to make significant contributions to the scientific community, advancing knowledge across the interconnected domains of physics, chemistry, and biology.


Wetting, droplets, and bubbles

Wetting, droplets, and bubbles are fundamental phenomena observed in fluid dynamics and surface science, exploring how liquids interact with solid surfaces and each other. Wetting describes the degree to which a liquid can spread over a surface, influenced by the surface's chemical composition and texture.


Lipid membranes

Lipid membranes, central to cell biology, are studied through physics and MD simulations to understand their structural and dynamic properties. These simulations provide insights into the lipid behavior, including phase transitions, membrane fluidity, stability, and interactions with proteins, RNA, and other molecules.


Surfactant self-assembly

Surfactants have a unique ability to self-assemble into aggregates and adsorb to various interfaces, which is crucial for diverse applications. We explored their behavior through advanced MD modeling, enabling comparisons between simulation predictions and experimental results. This approach aids in the design of novel surfactants and optimizes their use in drug delivery, oil recovery, and cosmetic formulation, by closely mirroring real-world behaviors.



Cavitation, the formation of vapor bubbles in a liquid due to rapid changes in pressure, is a complex phenomenon with significant implications in fluid dynamics and engineering. Our research delves into the enigmatic aspects of cavitation inception, focusing on why water is so not as stable against cavitation as predicted by theory. We investigate the role of impurities as catalysts for rare cavitation events, which can drastically alter the behavior and properties of water and other liquids.

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