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.

  • Samartha defends her PhD!

    Congratulations to the new Dr. Samartha Patel for defending her PhD today! Samartha will be moving to New York to work in the protein biochemistry group of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. We wish you all the best, …

  • Reid discusses plastic recycling

    Reid presented at the “Wednesday Night @ The Lab” public outreach program on plastic recycling, and particularly on the work ongoing in UW-Madison’s Center for the Chemical Upcycling of Waste Plastics (CUWP). Check it out here!

  • Farewell lunch for Brad

    The group got together for lunch to wish Brad and his family the best as they plan for their move to Boston. Best of luck at Roivant, Brad, we’ll miss you!

  • Brad defends his Ph.D.!

    Our heartiest congratulations to Dr. Bradley C. Dallin who successfully defended his PhD thesis today! Brad will next be joining Roivant Sciences in Boston to work on their computational drug discovery platform. We wish you …

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