Prof. Robin Selinger joined Kent State’s Liquid Crystal Institute as a professor in the Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program in 2005. She holds her bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Harvard University. Her research interests lie in theoretical/computational studies in liquid crystals and other soft materials. She works with molecular scale, mesoscale, and continuum simulation techniques, and a major unifying theme throughout her research is the study of topological defects and their role in transport, microstructure, and shape evolution. Recent work has focused on liquid crystal polymers, materials that can be "programmed" to undergo autonomous deformation when heated or illuminated, a form of auto-origami,
Robin Selinger was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2016.
Ph.D., Physics, Harvard University, 1989.
A.M., Physics, Harvard University, 1986.
A.B. Cum Laude, Physics, Harvard-Radcliffe College, 1984.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Robin Selinger's research has been funded by NSF-DMR, NSF-CMMI, NSF-DUE, NSF-CAREER, U.S. Navy, and the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society.
Anne Helene Gelebart, Dirk Jan Mulder, Michael Varga, Andrew Konya, Ghislaine Vantomme, E. W. Meijer, Robin L. B. Selinger, and Dirk J. Broer, "Making waves in a photoactive polymer film," Nature v. 546, p. 632, 29 JUNE 2017. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature22987
News related to Gelebart et al Nature publication:
- Video https://youtu.be/oa4M2b7Ewsg
- Nature - News and Views "Materials Science: A light-fuelled wave machine", by Yanlei Yu http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/546604a
- Phys.org - "World first: New polymer goes for a walk when illuminated" https://phys.org/news/2017-06-world-polymer-illuminated.html
- Chemistry World - "Polymer 'worm' is walking on sunshine" https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/polymer-worm-is-walking-on-sunshine/3007636.article
- C&E News - "Polymer ribbons undulate and walk in UV light" http://cen.acs.org/articles/95/i27/Polymer-ribbons-undulate-and-walk-in-UV-light.html
- Kent Wired - "Polymer wiggles toward scientific discovery" http://www.kentwired.com/latest_updates/article_efcd6f20-68fc-11e7-b8f5-f35d5e17f174.html
V. Gimenez-Pinto, F. Ye, B. Mbanga, J. V. Selinger, and R. L. B. Selinger, "Modeling out-of-plane actuation in thin-film nematic polymer networks: From chiral ribbons to auto-origami boxes via twist and topology," Scientific Reports 7, 45370 (2017) doi:10.1038/srep45370 http://www.nature.com/articles/srep45370
P. Nandigrami, B. Grove, A. Konya and R. L. B. Selinger, "Gradient-driven Diffusion and Pattern Formation in Crowded Mixtures," Phys. Rev. E 95, 022107 (2017) https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.95.022107
Y. Guo, S. Afghah, J. Xiang, O.D. Lavrentovich, R.L.B. Selinger, and Q.H. Wei, "Cholesteric Liquid Crystals in Rectangular Microchannels: Skyrmions and Stripes," Soft Matter 12 (29), 6312-6320 (2016) http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C6SM01190J
Andrew Konya, Vianney Gimenez-Pinto, and Robin Selinger, "Modeling Defects, Shape Evolution, and Programmed Auto-origami in Liquid Crystal Elastomers," Frontiers in Materials 3, 1-7 (2016) http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fmats.2016.00024/full
C.M. Spillman, J. Naciri, B.R. Ratna, R.L.B. Selinger, and J.V. Selinger, "Electrically Induced Twist in Smectic Liquid-Crystalline Elastomers," J. Phys. Chem. B 120 (26) 6368-6372 (2016) http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jpcb.6b03241
Robin Selinger, "Modeling dynamics of shape transformation in 'blueprinted' liquid crystal elastomers," Seminar at the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics, Univ. of California at Santa Barbara, Feb. 26, 2016. Video at http://online.kitp.ucsb.edu/online/sheets16/selinger/
Rebekka E. Breier, Robin L. B. Selinger, Giovanni Ciccotti, Stephan Herminghaus, and Marco G. Mazza, "Spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking in collective active motion," Physical Review E 93 (2), 022410 (2016). http://journals.aps.org/pre/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevE.93.022410
Zheng Bin, Meng Qing-Tian, Robin L. B. Selinger, Jonathan V. Selinger, Ye Fang-Fu, "Curvature-induced lipid segregation," Chinese Physics B 24, 068701 (2015) http://cpb.iphy.ac.cn/EN/Y2015/V24/I6/68701
Robin Selinger, "When Topology Drives Morphology: the Role of Defects in Shape Evolution of Soft Matter," Seminar, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Univ. of California at Santa Barbara, Feb 4, 2014. Video at http://online.kitp.ucsb.edu/online/bioacter14/selinger2/
Laurens T. de Haan, Vianney Gimenez-Pinto, Andrew Konya, Thanh-Son Nguyen, Julien M. N. Verjans, Carlos Sánchez-Somolinos, Jonathan V. Selinger, Robin L. B. Selinger,* Dirk J. Broer,* Albertus P.H.J. Schenning*, "Accordion-like Actuators of Multiple 3D Patterned Liquid Crystal Polymer Films," Advanced Functional Materials 24, 1251 (2014) http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/adfm.201302568/abstract
Thanh-Son Nguyen, Jun Geng, Robin L. B. Selinger, and Jonathan V. Selinger, "Nematic Order on a Deformable Vesicle: Theory and Simulation," Soft Matter 9, 8314-8326 (2013). http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C3SM50489A
Selinger, Robin, "Toying with Science," MRS Bulletin (September, 2013). http://dx.doi.org/10.1557/mrs.2013.224 (click on PDF)
Virtual poster, "Shape evolution of nematic elastomers and lipid membranes: chirality, curvature, and topological defects," presented at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, "The Mathematics of Liquid Crystals" workshop, 2013. http://www.newton.ac.uk/programmes/MLC/rps/3_RS_RPS_POSTER.pdf
Yoshiki Sawa, Kenji Urayama, Toshikazu Takigawa, Vianney Gimenez-Pinto, Badel L. Mbanga, Fangfu Ye, Jonathan V. Selinger, Robin L. B. Selinger, "Shape and Chirality Transitions in Off-Axis Twist Nematic Elastomer Ribbons," Phys. Rev. E 88, 022502 (2013). http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.88.022502
Linda S. Hirst, Adam Ossowski, Matthew Fraser, Jun Geng, Jonathan V. Selinger, and Robin L. B. Selinger, "Morphology transition in lipid vesicles due to in-plane order and topological defects," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences v. 110, (9), 3242-3247 (2013). http://www.pnas.org/content/110/9/3242.abstract
Robin L. Blumberg Selinger, Andrew Konya, Alex Travesset, and Jonathan V. Selinger, "Monte Carlo studies of the XY model on two dimensional curved surfaces," J. Phys. Chem B. 115 (48), 13989-13993 (2011). http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jp205128g
Yoshiki Sawa, Fangfu Ye, Kenji Urayama, Toshikazu Takigawa, Vianney Gimenez-Pinto, Robin L. B. Selinger, and Jonathan V. Selinger, "Shape selection of twist-nematic-elastomer ribbons," 6364-6368. In Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108 (16) (2011). doi:10.1073/pnas.1017658108
N. Scott Weingarten and Robin L. B. Selinger, "Atomistic simulation studies of size effects in plasticity: compression of single- and polydomain crystals in two dimensions," Modelling Simul. Mater. Sci. Eng. 19, 015006 (2011). doi:10.1088/0965-0393/19/1/015006
Badel L. Mbanga, Fangfu Ye, Jonathan V. Selinger et al. "Modeling elastic instabilities in nematic elastomers," 051701. In Physical Review E 82 (5) (2010). doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.82.051701
Robin L. B. Selinger, Badel L. Mbanga, Jonathan V. Selinger, "Modeling liquid crystal elastomers: actuators, pumps, and robots,"In Proceedings of SPIE. 69110A-69110A-5 (2008). doi:10.1117/12.768282
R. K. Gupta, K. A. Suresh, S. Kumar, L. M. Lopatina, R. L. B. Selinger, and J. V. Selinger, “Spatiotemporal patterns in a Langmuir monolayer due to driven molecular precession,” Phys. Phys Rev. E 78, 041703 (2008). doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.78.041703
N. S. Weingarten, R. L. B. Selinger, “Size effects and dislocation patterning in two-dimensional bending,” J. Mech. Phys. Solids 55, 1182 (2007). doi:10.1016/j.jmps.2006.11.011
R. Selinger, "Simulation of Plastic Deformation and Ductile Fracture: Size/Rate/Temperature Effects," Seminar at the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics, Univ. of California at Santa Barbara, August 19, 2005. Available at http://online.kitp.ucsb.edu/online/earthq_c05/selinger/ .
Diana Farkas and Robin L. B. Selinger, "Atomistics of Fracture," in Handbook of Materials Modeling, Vol. 1 (Methods and Models) edited by S. Yip. (2005).
Robin L. B. Selinger, Jonathan V. Selinger, Anthony Malanoski, and Joel M. Schnur, "Shape Selection in Chiral Self-Assembly," Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 158103 (2004). doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.93.158103
Nurit Baytch, Robin L. B. Selinger, Jonathan V. Selinger, and R. Shashidhar, "Simulations of helix unwinding in ferroelectric liquid crystals," Phys. Rev. E 68, 041702 (2003). doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.68.041702
Ming Li and Robin L. B. Selinger, "Molecular dynamics simulation of dislocation instability in a stress gradient," Phys. Rev. B 67, 134108 (2003). http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.67.134108
Robin L. B. Selinger, ``Diffusion in a smectic liquid crystal with screw dislocations,'' Phys. Rev. E. 65, 51702 (2002). doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.65.051702
Robin L. B. Selinger, B. B. Smith, and Weidong Luo, ``Dislocation Patterning and Vortex Channeling in the XY Model,'' MRS Proc. V. 653 (2001).
J. Xu, R. L. B. Selinger, J. V. Selinger, and R. Shashidhar, "Monte Carlo Simulation of Liquid-Crystal Alignment and of Chiral Symmetry-Breaking." J. Chem. Phys. 115, 4333 (2001). doi:10.1063/1.1389857
R. L. B. Selinger and J. M. Corbett, ``Dynamic Fracture in Disordered Media,'' MRS Bulletin 25, 46 (2000).
Jonathan V. Selinger, Jianling Xu, Robin L. B. Selinger, B. R. Ratna. R. Shashidhar, ``Chiral Modulations in Smectic-A Liquid Crystals Under an Electric Field,'' Phys. Rev. E 62, 666 (2000). doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.62.666
John M. Corbett and Robin L. B. Selinger, ``Molecular Dynamics Studies of Interfacial Crack Propagation in Heterogeneous Media,'' MRS Proceedings 539, 209 (1999). http://dx.doi.org/10.1557/mrs2000.73
Jianling Xu, Robin L. B. Selinger, Jonathan V. Selinger, B. R. Ratna, and R. Shashidhar, ``Monte Carlo simulation of smectic liquid crystals and the electroclinic effect: The role of molecular shape,'' Phys. Rev. E 60, 5584 (1999). doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.60.5584
M. M. Green, J. W. Park, T. Sato, A. Teramoto, S. Lifson, Robin L. B. Selinger, and J. V. Selinger, ``The Macromolecular Route to Chiral Amplification'' Angewandte Chemie 111, 3306 (1999). http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/(SICI)1521-3773(19991102)38:21%3C3138::AID-ANIE3138%3E3.0.CO;2-C/abstract
D. Liu, R. L. B. Selinger, and J . D. Weeks, "Modelling Organic Molecular Thin Films: A Reduced Intermolecular Potential for Copper Phthalocyanine," J. Chem. Phys. 105, 4751 (1996). doi:10.1063/1.472801
R. L. B. Selinger, "Stress-assisted Kosterlitz-Thouless dislocation nucleation: the statistical physics of plastic flow," in Fracture: Instability Dynamics, Scaling, and Ductile/Brittle Behavior, R.L.B. Selinger, J.J. Mecholsky, A. E. Carlsson, and E. R. Fuller, editors, Materials Research Society (Pittsburgh) 1996.
M. F. Sharlowe, R. L. B. Selinger, and W. M. Gelbart, "Cell model and computer simulation studies of layered and hexagonal states of aligned, hard disks versus rods," J. Phys. Chem. 99, 2907 (1995). doi:10.1021/j100009a055
J. D. Weeks, R. L. B. Selinger, and J. Q. Broughton, "Self-consistent treatment of repulsive and attractive forces in non-uniform liquids," Phys. Rev. Lett. 75, 2694 (1995). doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.75.2694
R. L. B. Selinger, Z.-G. Wang, and W. M. Gelbart, "Fracture at Finite Temperature: a Statistical-thermodynamic approach," p. 501, Complex Fluids, eds. E. B. Sirota, D. Weitz, T. Witten, and J. Israelachvili, Materials Research Society (Pittsburgh) 1992.
W. M. Gelbart, R. L. B. Selinger, and Z. G. Wang, "Solids under stress: the statistical mechanics of failure", in Lectures on Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (World Scientific, 1991), edited by M. Lopez de Haro and C. Varea.
S. Havlin, M. Schwartz, R. L. B. Selinger, A. Bunde, and H. E. Stanley, "Universality classes for diffusion in the presence of correlated spatial disorder," Phys. Rev. A 40, 1717 (1989). doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.40.1717
R. L. B. Selinger, J. Nittmann, and H. E. Stanley, "Inhomogeneous diffusion-limited aggregation," Phys. Rev. A 40, 2590-2601 (1989). doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.40.2590
R. L. B. Selinger, S. Havlin, F. Leyvraz, M. Schwartz, and H. E. Stanley, "Diffusion in the presence of quenched random bias fields: a two-dimensional generalization of the Sinai model," Phys. Rev. A (Rapid Communications) 40, 6755-6758 (1989). doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.40.6755
S. Havlin, R. L. B. Selinger, J. Schwartz, H. E. Stanley, and A. Bunde, "Random multiplicative processes and transport in structures with correlated spatial disorder," Phys. Rev. Lett. 61, 1438-1441 (1988). doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.61.1438
H. E. Stanley, R. L. Blumberg, A. Geiger, P. Mausbach, and J. Teixeira, "The `locally-structured transient gel' model of water structure," J. de Physique C7, 13-30 (1984). doi:10.1051/jphyscol:1984701
A. Geiger, P. Mausbach, J. Schnitker, R. L. Blumberg, and H. E. Stanley, "Structure and dynamics of the hydrogen bond network in water by computer simulations," J. de Physique C7, 3-12 (1984). doi:10.1051/jphyscol:1984702
R. L. Blumberg, J. Shlifer, and H. E. Stanley, "Monte Carlo tests of universality in a correlated-site percolation problem," J. Phys. A: Math. Gen. 13, L147-L152 (1980). doi:10.1088/0305-4470/13/5/007
R. L. B. Selinger, J. J. Mecholsky, A. E. Carlsson, and E. R. Fuller, editors, Fracture: Instability Dynamics, Scaling, and Ductile/Brittle Behavior, Materials Research Society Proc. 409, (Pittsburgh, 1996).
G. Beltz, R. L. B. Selinger, K.-S. Kim, and M. P. Marder, editors, Fracture and Ductile vs. Brittle Behavior--Theory, Modelling and Experiment, Materials Research Society Proc. 539, (Pittsburgh, 1999).
L. P. Kubin, R. L. B. Selinger, J. L. Bassani, and K. Cho, Multiscale Modeling of Materials-2000, Materials Research Society Proc. 653, (Pittsburgh, 2001).
Robin Selinger and Diana Farkas, guest editors, MRS Bulletin, May 2000.
- Computational materials science; molecular scale and mesoscale simulation techniques applied to both hard and soft condensed matter
- Liquid crystals: phase behavior, transport, and microstructure
- Chirality in soft condensed matter
- Mechanics governing shape selection in chiral lipid membranes and nematic elastomers
- Finite element elastodynamics simulation algorithms
Full Professor, Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program, Kent State University, July, 2005-present.
Associate Professor, Catholic University of America, Department of Physics, 2000-2005; Assistant Professor 1996-2000; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Fall 1995. Tenure awarded in 2001.
Sabbatical visitor, National Inst. of Standards and Technology, summer 2003.
Sabbatical visitor, Naval Research Laboratory, Fall 2002-Spring 2003.
Postdoctoral fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology 1994-5. Advisor: Robb Thomson.
Postdoctoral fellow, Institute for Physical Science and Technology, University of Maryland, 1992-4. Advisor: John Weeks.
Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, 1989-92. Advisor: William Gelbart.