Akron Physics Club

Club programs deal with current issues in Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Cosmology, Biology, and a host of other topics. Several new speakers are scheduled each year to present topics of current scientific interest.

Meetings are at the
Tangier Restaurant, 532
West Market, Akron,

6:00pm Socializing - 6:30pm Dinner - Program about 7:30pm

Meeting Announcement


Akron Physics Club


  MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT: September 26, 2016

The Tangier Restaurant
532 West Market Street, Akron Ohio

6:00pm Socializing - 6:30pm Dinner - Program about 7:30pm
The charge for each dinner is $20

RESERVATIONS or REGRETS by Thursday, September 22nd to:
Reservation Secretary Bob Erdman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (330) 656-2275
Please use this email for reservations, for updates on email addresses or to discontinue receiving these announcements


[College students having dinner: Please identify yourself as a student]

Anyone is welcome to attend the free presentation starting at 7:30 pm.
But if you would like to have dinner, you will need a reservation. 


The Speaker will be:
Dr. Arthi Jayaraman, Associate Professor - Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering & Department of Materials Science and Engineering, at the University of Delaware.

She will be speaking on:
Theory and Simulations of Macromolecular Soft Materials: Linking Molecular Design to Macroscale Morphology and Function.


In my research group we develop and use theory and simulation techniques to connect molecular features of macromolecular materials, specifically polymers, to their morphology and macroscopic function, thereby guiding design of materials for various applications in the energy and biomedical fields. In this talk I will present our recent work on two projects:  1) Designing polymer functionalized nanoparticles in polymer nanocomposites for energy applications, and 2) designing polycations for DNA delivery. In the first part of my talk I will focus on the first project and show how we use molecular modeling, theory and simulation to understand how the monomer chemistry, monomer sequence, and polydispersity in the polymer functionalization on the nanoparticles impact the dispersion/assembly of polymer functionalized nanoparticles in a polymer matrix. In the second part of my talk, I will focus on the second project and show how we use a combination of atomistic and coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations of DNA and polycations composed of polypeptides, to connect the thermodynamics of polycation-DNA binding and the structure of the polycation-DNA complexes to polycation chemistry and architecture.

The Speaker: 
Arthi Jayaraman received her B.E (Honors) degree in Chemical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India in 2000. She received her Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular  Engineering from North Carolina State University in 2006, and from 2006-2008 conducted her postdoctoral research in the department of Materials Science and Engineering at University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. In August 2008 she joined the faculty of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at University of Colorado at Boulder, and held the position of Patten Assistant Professor. In August 2014 she joined the faculty at the University of Delaware as Associate professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. She has received the AIChE COMSEF division young investigator award (2013), ACS PMSE division young investigator recognition (2014), University of Colorado Provost Faculty Achievement Award (2013), Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Research Award (2010), ACS Women Chemists Committee Lectureship Award, the University of Colorado outstanding undergraduate teaching award (2011) and graduate teaching award (2014) in Chemical and Biological Engineering. Her research expertise lies in development of theory and simulation techniques and application of these techniques to study polymer functionalized nanoparticles and polymer nanocomposites, and to design polymers for gene delivery and biomedical applications.

Dinner Reservations:

Please join us for our next meeting. Pre-registration for dinner is required so that we can guarantee our reservations. Dinner is $20. To register, send an email to our Reservations Secretary: Bob Erdman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (330) 656-2275.

Future Meetings:

2016 - October 24: Dr. Rob Owen, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Oberlin college, will speak on "Gravitational Waves." 


2016 - November 28: Dr. Timothy Matney, Professor of Archaeology, University of Akron, will speak on "An Archaeological Application of Shallow Subsurface Spectroscopy in the Discovery of Unmarked Human Graves."


2017 - January 23

2017 - February 27

2017 - March 27

2017 - April 24

2017 - May 22: Dr. Jay Reynolds, Vice President Cleveland Astronomical Society, Department of Physics -  Cleveland State University, will speak on "latest NASA satellite missions." 

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