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Staff Scientist, Theory of Nanostructured Materials
Steve Whitelam got his Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 2004 from Oxford University, where he used statistical mechanics to study the dynamics of model glass-forming liquids. He was supervised by Juan P. Garrahan and David Sherrington. From 2004 – 2007 he did a postdoc with Phillip Geissler at UC Berkeley, using theory and simulation to study protein complex self-assembly and DNA overstretching. From 2007–2008 he was a postdoc with Nigel Burroughs at Warwick University's Systems Biology Centre, where he worked on actin pattern formation in cells. He is now a staff scientist in the Foundry's Theory Facility.
An open problem of materials science is to develop predictive, microscopic rules for selfassembly: given a collection of nanoscale building blocks, such as small molecules, nanoparticles, or proteins, how will they selfassemble? As time evolves, what phases and structures will they form, and what will be the yield of the 'target' structure when (and if) it assembles? Basic understanding of this nature is required to achieve the mission of the Molecular Foundry, the atomic-level design, creation and control of energy-relevant materials. My group uses the methods of statistical mechanics to address these questions.
- Minimal positive design for self-assembly of the Archimedean tilings, S. Whitelam, Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 228003 (2016)
- The statistical mechanics of dynamic pathways to self-assembly, S. Whitelam and R.L. Jack, Annual Review of Physical Chemistry 66, 143 (2015)
- Peptoid nanosheets exhibit a new secondary-structure motif, R.V. Mannige, T.K. Haxton, C. Proulx, E.J. Robertson, A. Battigelli, G.L. Butterfoss, R.N. Zuckermann, S. Whitelam, Nature (2015)
- Common physical framework explains phase behavior and dynamics of atomic, molecular and polymeric network-formers , S. Whitelam, I. Tamblyn, T.K. Haxton, M.B. Wieland, N.R. Champness, J.P. Garrahan and P.H. Beton, Phys. Rev. X 4, 011044 (2014)
- Self-assembly at a nonequilibrium critical point, S. Whitelam, L.O. Hedges and J.D. Schmit, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 155504 (2014)
- Competing thermodynamic and dynamic factors select molecular assemblies on a gold surface, T. K. Haxton, H. Zhou, I. Tamblyn, D. Eom, Z. Hu, J.B. Neaton, T. Heinz*, S. Whitelam*, Phys. Rev. Lett., 111, 265701 (2013)
- Microscopic Evidence for Liquid-Liquid Separation in Supersaturated CaCO3 Solutions, A. F. Wallace*, L. O. Hedges, A. Fernandez-Martinez, P. Raiteri, J. D. Gale, G. A. Waychunas, S. Whitelam, J. F. Banfield, J.J. De Yoreo*, Science 341, 648, 885 (2013)
- Uncovering the intrinsic size dependence of hydriding phase transformations in nanocrystals, R. Bardhan, L.O. Hedges, C.L. Pint, A. Javey, S. Whitelam*, J.J. Urban*, Nature Materials (2013)
- Whitelam*, S., Schulman, R.*, Hedges, L.O., Self-assembly of multicomponent structures in and out of equilibrium, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 265506 (2012)
- Whitelam*, S., Tamblyn, I. Beton, P.H. Garrahan, J.P. Random and ordered phases of off-lattice rhombus tiles, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 035702 (2012)
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