Graduate Student / Postdoc Seminar

Modeling the dynamics of micronscale particles

Speaker: Miranda Holmes-Cerfon, CIMS

Location: Warren Weaver Hall 1302

Date: Friday, May 6, 2022, 11:15 a.m.


Nano and micron-scale particles, such as colloidal particles, blood cells, virus particles, etc, stick to each other or to other surfaces using short sticky hairs called “ligands”, that bind to receptors on another surface, much like velcro on the nanoscale. I will talk about work my group has done in modeling the effect such ligand-receptor interactions have on the long-time, coarse-grained dynamics of the particles they are attached to, and I will describe the many questions that remain to be addressed. I will also talk about the link our work has uncovered to unsolved problems at the interface of geometry and statistical mechanics.