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Biography

Michael Rubinstein

Professor
Ph.D., Theoretical Physics, Harvard University, 1983

University of North Carolina

Department:    Chemistry
E-mail:   mr@unc.edu
Home Page:    http://www.chem.unc.edu/people/faculty/rubinsteinm/mrindex.html


Research Statement
The research of our group is in the field of polymer theory and computer simulations. The unique properties of polymeric systems are due to the size, topology and interactions of the molecules they are made of. Our goal is to understand the properties of various polymeric systems and to design new systems with even more interesting and useful properties. Our approach is based upon building and solving simple molecular models of different polymeric systems. The models we develop are simple enough to be solved either analytically or numerically, but contain the main features leading to unique properties of real polymers. Computer simulations of our models serve as an important bridge between analytical calculations and experiments.


Education
1983 Ph.D., Theoretical Physics, Harvard University
1980 M.A., Theoretical Physics, Harvard University
1979 B.S., Physics, California Institute of Technology


Positions
1999 Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
1998 Visiting Professor, College de France, Paris, France
1995-1999 Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
1994 Juliot Curie Professor, Groupe de Physico-Chimie Theorique, ESPCI, Paris, France
1987-1995 Adjunct Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
1985-1995 Research Scientist, Research Laboratories, Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, NY
1983-1985 Postdoctoral Fellow, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ Summer
1982 Research Assistant, IBM Watson Center, Yorktown Heights, NY


Selected Honors
2001 Fellow of the American Physical Society
1998 College de France, Paris, France: Visiting Professor - Invited Lectures
1994 Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles, Paris, France Awarded Joliot Curie Visiting Professor
1987 Eastman Kodak Company, C.E.K. Mees Award: In Recognition of Excellence in Scientific Research and Reporting
1979 California Institute of Technology, elected to the Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society
1978 California Institute of Technology, Carnation Prize: Merit award for most academically talented students

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