Prof. Robin Selinger joined Kent State’s Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute in 2005. She holds 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 elastomers, a novel class of stimuli-responsive materials that can be "programmed" to undergo autonomous deformation when heated or illuminated. Other recent work focuses on "materials by design," complex defect microstructures in nematic liquid crystals driven by surface anchoring patterns.
Robin Selinger was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) in 2016. She currently serves as an elected member of the APS Council and the APS Board of Directors. She also serves as Speaker-elect of the APS Council and will serve as Speaker of the Council in 2022.
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.
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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
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 Sciences108 (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 E82 (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. E78, 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. Solids55, 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, J. V. Selinger, A. P. Malanoski, and J. M. Schnur, " Visualizing chiral self-assembly," Chaos14, S3, (2004). doi:10.1063/1.1821692
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. E68, 041702 (2003). doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.68.041702
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 Bulletin25, 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. E62, 666 (2000). doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.62.666
Ming Li, Brian B. Smith, Robin L. B. Selinger, ``Fingering Instability of Dislocations and Related Defects,'' Phys. Rev. Lett.82, 2306 (1999). doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.82.2306
John M. Corbett and Robin L. B. Selinger, ``Molecular Dynamics Studies of Interfacial Crack Propagation in Heterogeneous Media,'' MRS Proceedings539, 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. E60, 5584 (1999). doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.60.5584
J. V. Selinger, R. L. B. Selinger, S K. Jha, and M. M. Green, ``A Chiral Polymeric Analogy to a One Dimensional Paramagnetic Material,'' Chirality10, 41 (1998). doi:10.1002/chir.8
J. V. Selinger and R. L. B. Selinger, ``Cooperative Chiral Order in Polyisocyanates: New Statistical Problems.'' Macromolecules31, 2488-2492 (1998). doi:10.1021/ma971783k
J. V. Selinger and R. L. B. Selinger, ``Chiral Order in Copolymers of Chiral and Achiral Units,'' Phys. Rev. E, 55, 1728 (1997). doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.55.1728
J. V. Selinger and R. L. B. Selinger, "Theory of chiral order in random copolymers," Phys. Rev. Lett. 76, 58 (1996). doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.76.58
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.
J. V. Selinger and R . L. B. Selinger, ``Cooperative Chiral Order in Random Copolymers,'' Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst. 288, 33 (1996). doi:10.1080/10587259608034582
J. V. Selinger and R. L. B. Selinger, "Theory of chiral defects in Langmuir monolayers," Phys. Rev. E Rapid Comm., 51, R860 (1995). doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.51.R860
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, Ruth Lynden-Bell, and W. M. Gelbart, "Stress-induced failure and melting of ideal solids," J. Chem. Phys. 98, 9808 (1993). doi:10.1063/1.464359
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.
Z.-G. Wang, U. Landman, R. L. B. Selinger, and W. M. Gelbart, "Molecular dynamics study of elasticity and failure of ideal solids," Phys. Rev. B44, 378-381 (1991). doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.44.378
R. L. B. Selinger, Z.-G. Wang, and W. M. Gelbart, "Effect of temperature and small-scale defects on the strength of solids," J. Chem. Phys. 95, 9128-9141 (1991). doi:10.1063/1.461192
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. A40, 1717 (1989). doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.40.1717
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
R. L. Blumberg, H. E. Stanley, A. Geiger, and P. Mausbach, "Connectivity of hydrogen bonds in liquid water," J. Chem. Phys. 80, 5230-5241 (1984). doi:10.1063/1.446593
H. E. Stanley, R. L. Blumberg, A. Geiger, P. Mausbach, and J. Teixeira, "The `locally-structured transient gel' model of water structure," J. de PhysiqueC7, 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 PhysiqueC7, 3-12 (1984). doi:10.1051/jphyscol:1984702
H. E. Stanley, K. Kang, S. Redner, and R. L. Blumberg, "Novel superuniversal behavior of a random-walk model," Phys. Rev. Lett. 51, 1223-1226 (1983). doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.51.1223
H. E . Stanley, R. L. Blumberg, and A. Geiger, "Gelation models of hydrogen bond networks in liquid water," Phys. Rev. B28, 1626-1629 (1983). doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.28.1626
H. E. Stanley, J. Teixeira, A. Geiger, and R. L. Blumberg, "Interpretation of the unusual behavior of H_2O and D_2O at low temperature, Physica A106, 260-277 (1981). doi:10.1016/0378-4371(81)90224-7
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.
Materials Science Graduate Program: Graduate Education on Soft Matter Science