Roland Faller Roland Faller Ph.D.

Position Department / Business Unit
Joe and Essie Smith Endowed Professor Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Institution Disciplines
University of California - Davis Soft Nano
City State / Provence
Davis Californa
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Dr. Faller is currently head of the Soft Condensed Matter Research Group at UC-Davis.

Computer simulations are often used to understand how microscopic properties of materials influence macroscopic behavior. We are currently investigating the properties of polymers, lipid bilayers, and glasses. Computer simulations of polymers are extremely challenging as a variety of length scales are important. One of the central points of our research is to connect simulations of different length scales and relate the results to experimental data. We are also investigating biological systems and are currently interested in modeling interactions between lipid membranes and small molecules such as sugars and alcohols. Finally, we would like to simulate the glass transition temperature and related thermodynamic properties using the Density of States Monte Carlo technique, which was originally proposed by the group of David Landau for lattice systems and has since been generalized to particle based systems.

Education

B.S., 1994, University of Bayreuth, Germany; M.S., 1997, University of Bayreuth, Germany; Ph.D., 2000, Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany

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