Michael Rubinstein

Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Aleksandar S. Vesic Distinguished Professor

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Research Interests

Polymer theory and computer simulations


The research of the Rubinstein group is in the field of polymer theory and computer simulations. The unique properties of polymeric systems are due to the size, topology and interactions of the molecules they are made of. Our goal is to understand the properties of various polymeric systems and to design new systems with even more interesting and useful properties.


Our approach is based upon building and solving simple molecular models of different polymeric systems. The models we develop are simple enough to be solved either analytically or numerically, but contain the main features leading to unique properties of real polymers. Computer simulations of our models serve as an important bridge between analytical calculations and experiments.


  • Ph.D. Harvard University, 1983


  • Aleksandar S. Vesic Distinguished Professor
  • Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor of Chemistry
  • Professor of Physics

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Nelson W. Taylor Award. Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Pennsylvania State University. 2022

Courses Taught

  • PHYSICS 590: Selected Topics in Theoretical Physics
  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 490: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • CHEM 544: Statistical Mechanics
  • CHEM 543: Statistical Thermodynamics
  • BME 590: Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering