425828 Computational Studies of Biophysical Systems

Tuesday, November 10, 2015: 3:15 PM
255B (Salt Palace Convention Center)
Pablo G. Debenedetti, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Chemical engineers are at the forefront of the invention and development of powerful algorithms for the molecular-based analysis of complex systems and problems, such as developing strategies for the long-term preservation of therapeutic drugs. Building upon a solid foundation in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, these methods allow detailed microscopic scrutiny of a wide range of problems of interest in modern chemical engineering, thereby providing fundamental understanding and facilitating rational design. I will illustrate the insights that can be gained from theory and computation by drawing on examples from my own research in areas including proteins in water-lean environments, proteins at low temperatures, hydrophobically-driven self-assembly, and chiral symmetry breaking.

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