Welcome to the Van Lehn Group!

Work-from-home group photo, April 2021

We are a group in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We develop and apply molecular simulation methods to characterize, predict, and engineer the physicochemical properties of synthetic and biological soft materials. We broadly seek to uncover relationships between nanoscale properties and macroscopic behavior in order to inform materials design, and particularly focus on understanding interactions at complex, multicomponent interfaces. We study a range of systems, including nanoparticles, peptides, surfactants, liquid crystals, and polymers, for applications in drug delivery, environmental sensing, plastic recycling, catalysis, and self-assembly.

  • Alex defends his Ph.D.!

    Many congratulations to Dr. Alex Chew, who is the first student from the group to defend his Ph.D.!!! We’ll miss Alex greatly as he transitions to a new role as a senior scientist at Schrodinger …

  • MTSM 2021 registration now open

    We’re organizing the 2021 (virtual) Midwest Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics conference, which is a great way to catch up on exciting research from groups throughout the Midwest (or beyond this year due to the virtual …

  • Two new papers in ACS Nano!

    Two new papers from the group have both been accepted in ACS Nano. The first, by Alex and Brad is entitled “The Interplay of Ligand Properties and Core Size Dictates the Hydrophobicity of Monolayer-Protected Gold …

  • Van Lehn Group members will attend the 2021 Spring ACS (Virtual)!

    Our group members will be attending the 2021 Virtual ACS Spring meeting, scheduled on Monday, April 5th – Friday, April 30th. All talks will be live presentations, listed chronologically below in Pacific Standard Time (PST). …

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