Jonathan K. Sheavly

Credentials: B.S. The University of Texas at Austin

Position title: Graduate Student


Phone: he/him/his

Room 2029, 1415 Engineering Drive, Madison, WI 53706



Jonathan Sheavly is originally from Austin, Texas. He earned a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 2017. Jonathan joined the Van Lehn group in the Fall of 2017. He is a huge fan of hockey, hiking, beaching, and biking.


A more thorough and quantitative understanding of the molecular driving forces is needed to make predictions of macroscopic behavior and guided design of materials. In the area of nanoparticle design for therapeutic applications, a relationship between the chemistry of the ligands grafted to the nanoparticle and the interaction with the cell membrane will allow for a more intuitive approach to design. Similarly, liquid crystal sensor design would become more intuitive with a more refined atomistic description of the sensor systems. In both of these applications, molecular simulations allow for sufficient resolution to measure the driving forces and the potential to exploit these driving forces for improved design.


3. J. K. Sheavly and R. C. Van Lehn. “Bilayer-mediated Assembly of Cationic Nanoparticles Adsorbed to Lipid Bilayers: Insights from Molecular Simulations.” AIChE Journalaccepted (2020 Futures Issue)[Link]

2. J. K. Sheavly, J. I. Gold, M. Mavrikakis, and R. C. Van Lehn. “Molecular Simulations of Analyte Partitioning and Diffusion in Liquid Crystal Sensors.” Molecular Systems Design & Engineering 2019. [Link]

1. J. K. Sheavly, J. A. Pedersen, and R. C. Van Lehn. “Curvature-Driven Adsorption of Cationic Nanoparticles to Phase Boundaries in Multicomponent Lipid Bilayers.” Nanoscale 201911, 2767. [Link]