| Albert Pan
D. E. Shaw Research
120 West 45th Street, 39th Fl.
New York, NY 10036 USA
acpan -at- post.harvard.edu
Dynamics of single molecules in glassformers
Recent experimental measures of glasses often probe the dynamics of
single molecules. We are doing similar studies on the rotational
and translational degrees of freedom in kinetically constrained models.
For more information about this research, please click here.
Dynamic universality in glassformers
When a liquid is cooled below its freezing point while avoiding nucleation
of the solid phase, it begins to experience a dramatic dynamical slowdown.
This is a common prescription for making a glass. In
collaboration with Juan
we are investigating to what
extent the dynamics of this slowdown is universal by studying the
various properties of a class of kinetically constrained lattice gas
models. For more information about this research, please click here.
Coarse graining models of glassy behavior
We are investigating glassy behavior in a
kinetically constrained lattice gas model with the ultimate goal
of determining how it can be related to more coarse grained models
such as facilitated Ising models (i.e. can we
coarse grain a more realistic model of glassformers such that its
dynamics "resemble" a facilitated
Ising model?). For more information, please click here.
Initial stages of nucleation in polymer blends
We are currently participating in an exciting collaboration with
Nitash Balsara and
Rappl in the chemical engineering deparment here at Berkeley, studing the initial stages of nucleation
in polymer blends. We are using a combination of small angle neutron
scattering (SANS) and Monte Carlo simulations to try and understand this
fundamental process. For more information on our work concerning the dynamics
of nucleation in a simple model, please see the section below. For
information on the Balsara group's SANS research with polymer blends,
please click here.
Pathways to nucleation in a lattice model
Nucleation describes the process associated with phase transitions familiar
from everyday experience such as the condensation of water vapor.
Surprisingly, such an ubiquitous phenomenon is still not completely
understood --- particularly the dynamics of how it happens at the
microscopic level. Recent advances in experiment and computer simulation
have shown that the true nature of the process differs,
sometimes quite dramatically, from the picture predicted by
the simple and widely used classical theory of nucleation developed over
80 years ago, as well as that predicted by more modern theories. I have studied
nucleation in one of the world's simplest models with some surprising
For more information, please click here.
Chemistry 1A: General Chemistry (Fall 2000)
Chemistry 220A: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (Spring 2002)
Chemistry 120A: Physical Chemistry (Spring 2003)
Ph.D., 2005, Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
A.B., 2000, Chemistry and Physics, Harvard University
National Institutes of Health NRSA Research Fellow, 2008-2009
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, 2002-2005
UC Berkeley Distinguished Graduate Student Instructor Award, 2001