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The group in 2021. All group photos

Our research strives to achieve a molecular-level understanding of solvation and transport in aqueous and polymeric systems, with applications ranging from the prediction of protein interactions to the design of advanced materials for water purification and renewable energy.

To study these biological, nanoscopic, and polymeric systems, our group combines principles of statistical mechanics and liquid state theory with state-of-the-art molecular modeling and atomistic simulation techniques. We interface closely with experimentalists, both to realize our predictions and to refine our theoretical models.

News  View all
  • Jeongmoon and Amish presented at the Ice Binding Proteins Conference.
  • Lilia and Aniket attended the GRS and GRC on Water and Aqueous Solutions.
  • Aniket received the Early Career Research Award and won the Best Poster Prize at FOMMS 2022.
  • Amish co-organized the Telluride Workshop on Hydrophobicity.
  • Amish received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.
  • Lilia received the Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students.
  • PLUMED INDUS is publicly available, find it here: INDUS Code

Recent publications   View all


NB Rego and AJ Patel. "Understanding Hydrophobic Effects: Insights from Water Density Fluctuations", Annual Review of Condensed Matter Physics, 13 (1), 303–324 (2022).


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AU Thosar and AJ Patel. "Hydration determines anion accumulation", Nature Chemistry, 14 (1), 8–10 (2022).


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D Dhabal, Z Jiang, A Pallath, and AJ Patel. "Characterizing the Interplay between Polymer Solvation and Conformation", Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 125 (20), 5434–5442 (2021).


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UR Gabinet, C Lee, R Poling-Skutvik, D Keane, NK Kim, R Dong, Z Vicars, Y Cai, AU Thosar, A Grun, SM Thompson, AJ Patel, CR Kagan, RJ Composto, and CO Osuji. "Nanocomposites of 2D-MoS2 Exfoliated in Thermotropic Liquid Crystals", ACS Materials Letters, 3(6), 704–712 (2021).


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NB Rego, E Xi, and AJ Patel. "Identifying Hydrophobic Protein Patches to Inform Protein Interaction Interfaces", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118 (6) e2018234118 (2021).


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H Jiang, AJ Patel. "Recent Advances in Estimating Contact Angles Using Molecular Simulations and Enhanced Sampling Methods", Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, 23, 130-137 (2019).


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Z Jiang, R Remsing, N Rego, AJ Patel. "Characterizing Solvent Density Fluctuations in Dynamical Observation Volumes", Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 123, 7, 1650-1661 (2019).


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H Jiang, S Fialoke, Z Vicars, AJ Patel. "Characterizing Surface Wetting and Interfacial Properties using Enhanced Sampling (SWIPES)", Soft Matter, 15, 860-869 (2019).


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N Rego, E Xi, AJ Patel. "Protein Hydration Waters are Susceptible to Unfavorable Perturbations", Journal of the American Chemical Society, 141, 2080-2086 (2019).


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