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.

  • New paper in JCP!

    A new paper from Atharva and Brad – “Identifying nonadditive contributions to the hydrophobicity of chemically heterogeneous surfaces via dual-loop active learning” – has been published in the Journal of Chemical Physics! They develop an …

  • ByungUk joins the group!

    We’re happy to welcome ByungUk Park as a new group member! ByungUk is a first-year student in the Biophysics Program – we look forward to his contributions!

  • Carlos and Josh join the group + group climbing!

    We’re happy to welcome Carlos Huang-Zhu and Josh Richardson as new group members! Carlos and Josh are both first-year CBE students and we look forward to their contributions. To celebrate, the group visiting Boulder’s Climbing …

  • Reid receives 2021 CoMSEF Young Investigator Award

    Reid was named the winner of the 2021 CoMSEF Young Investigator award! He is cited “for the development and application of computational techniques to understand the interfacial properties of functionalized nanomaterials and their interactions with …

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