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’s recent paper on screening solvent systems for lignin product separation was recently highlighted by the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center – well-done, Zhizhang!June 23, 2020
Reid received the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award – thank you to 3M and our sponsors for the award!April 17, 2020
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) …April 10, 2020
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