Welcome to the Van Lehn Group!

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, and polymers, for applications in drug delivery, biosensing, molecular recognition, catalysis, and self-assembly.

  • Zhizhang paper highlighted by GLBRC

    Zhizhang’s recent paper on screening solvent systems for lignin product separation was recently highlighted by the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center – well-done, Zhizhang!

  • Reid receives 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award

    Reid received the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award – thank you to 3M and our sponsors for the award!

  • Newly published papers

    Three new papers have recently been published, including: 1) a study by Alex using molecular dynamics simulations and machine learning to design solvent mixtures for biomass conversion reactions (with the Huber and Dumesic groups), 2) …

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