Olvera de la Cruz Group


Actuation of magnetoelastic membranes in precessing magnetic fields (PNAS)

Electrostatic Origin of Element Selectivity during Rare Earth Adsorption (Physical Review Letters)


Efficient encapsulation of proteins with random copolymers (PNAS)

Covalent-supramolecular hybrid polymers as muscle-inspired anisotropic actuators (Nat Comm)

Effects of electrostatic interactions on ligand dissociation kinetics (Physical Review E)

Random heteropolymers preserve protein function in foreign environments (Science)

Shape-Directed Microspinners Powered by Ultrasound (ACS Nano)

Defining the Structure of a Protein–Spherical Nucleic Acid Conjugate and Its Counterionic Cloud (ACS Central Science)

Ionic correlations in random ionomers (ACS Nano)

Photoactive Blend Morphology Engineering through Systematically Tuning Aggregation in All-Polymer Solar Cells (Advanced Energy Materials)

Deformation of elastomeric pyramid pen arrays in cantilever‐free scanning probe lithography (Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics)


Strong Attractions and Repulsions Mediated by Monovalent Salts (PNAS)

Paramagnetic filaments in a fast precessing field: Planar versus helical conformations (Phys. Rev. Mat.)

Noncovalent Control of the Electrostatic Potential of Quantum Dots through the Formation of Interfacial Ion Pairs (J. Am. Chem. Soc.)

Altering DNA-Programmable Colloidal Crystallization Paths by Modulating Particle Repulsion (Nanoletters)

Co-assembly of Peptide Amphiphiles and Lipids into Supramolecular Nanostructures Driven by Anion-π Interactions (J. Am. Chem. Phys.)

Water Dynamics from the Surface to the Interior of a Supramolecular Nanostructure (JACS)

Ion Transport Mechanisms in Liquid-Liquid Interface (Langmuir)

Orbitals for classical arbitrary anisotropic colloidal potentials (Phys. Rev. E)

Surface polarization effects on ion-containing emulsions (Phys. Rev. Lett.)

Anomalous phase behavior of ionic polymer blends and ionic copolymers (Macromolecules)

Ion Condensation onto Self-Assembled Nanofibers (J. of Pol. Sci. Part B: Pol. Phys.)
Contractile actuation and dynamical gel assembly of paramagnetic filaments in fast precessing fields (Phys. Rev. E) Solubility and interfacial segregation of salts in ternary polyelectrolyte blends (Soft Matter)

Facilitated dissociation of DNA binding proteins from single binding sites (PNAS)

Demixing by a Nematic Mean Field: Coarse-Grained Simulations of Liquid Crystalline Polymers (Polymers)

Electrostatic Control of Polymorphism in Charged Amphiphile Assemblies (J. Phys.Chem. B)

Modulating Nanoparticle Superlattice Structure Using Proteins with Tunable Bond Distributions (J. Am. Chem. Soc.)

Ionic Conductivity in Polyelectrolyte Hydrogels (Macromolecules)

Interactions between Polyelectrolyte Gel Surfaces (Macromolecules)

Control of Selective Ion Transfer across Liquid-Liquid Interfaces: A Rectifying Heterojunction Based on Immiscible Electrolytes (ACS Central Science)
Programming Colloidal Crystal Habit with Anisotropic Nanoparticle Building Blocks and DNA Bonds (J. Am. Chem. Soc.)

Exploring the Zone of Anisotropy and Broken Symmetries in DNA-mediated Nanoparticle Crystallization (PNAS)


Emergent perversions in the Buckling of Heterogeneous Elastic Strips (PNAS)

Ordered Self-Similar Patterns in Anisotropic Stochastic Growth (J. Phys. Chem. B)

Molecular Dynamics Simulation of DNA-Directed Assembly of Nanoparticle Superlattices using Patterned Templates (J. Polym. Sci., Part B: Polym. Phys.)

Liquid Crystal Phase Transition in Epitaxial Monolayers of DNA-Functionalized Nanoparticle Superlattices (ACS Nano)

Self-Assembling Tripodal Small-Molecule Donors for Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells (J. Phys. Chem. C)

Aggregation of Heterogeneously Charged Colloids (ACS Nano)

Morphological-enhanced conductivity in dry liquids (Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.)

Vesicle Geometries Enabled by Dynamically Trapped States (ACS Nano)

Aggregation of Heteropolyanions in Aqueous Solutions Exhibiting Short-Range Attractions and Long-Range Repulsions (J. Phys. Chem.)

Molecular Origins of Mesoscale Ordering in a Metalloamphiphile Phase (ACS Central Science)

Ionic Structure in Liquids Confined by Dielectric Interfaces (J. Chem. Phys.)

Self-replication with magnetic dipolar colloids (Phys. Rev. E)

Energy conversion in Polyelectrolyte Hydrogels (ACS Macro Lett)

Theorectical Analysis of Multiple Phase Coexistence in Polyelectrolyte Blends (Macromolecules)

Effective Charges and Virial Pressure of Concentrated Macroion Solutions (PNAS)

'Soft' Amplifier Circuits Based on Field-Effect Ionic Transistors (Soft Matter)

Coulomb energy of uniformly charged spheroidal shell systems (Phys. Rev. E)

Theory of melt polyelectrolyte blends and block copolymers: Phase behavior, surface tension and microphase periodicity (J. Chem. Phys.)

Dynamics of vacancies in two-dimensional Lennard-Jones crystals (Phys. Rev. E.)

Equilibrium Adsorption of Hexahistidine on pH-Responsive Hydrogel Nanofilms (Langmuir)

Long-Range Ordering of Highly Charged Self-Assembled Nanofilaments (J. Am. Chem. Soc.)

Self-Organized Polyelectrolyte End-Grafted Layers Under Nanoconfinement (ACS Nano)

Non-monotonic swelling of surface grafted hydrogels induced by pH and/or salt concentration (J Chem Phys)

Mesoscale Molecular Network Formation in Amorphous Organic Materials (PNAS)
Polyelectrolyte Blends and Nontrivial Behavior in Effective Flory-Huggins Parameters (ACS Macro Letters)
Polarization Effects of Dieletric Nanoparticles in Aqueous Charge-Asymmetric Electrolytes (J. Phys. Chem. B)

Electrostatic Control of Block Copolymer Morphology (Nature Materials Cover Article)
Polydispersity-driven topological defects as order-restoring excitations (PNAS)

How Hydrogen Bonds Affect the Growth of Reverse Micelles Around Coordinating Metal Ions (Phys. Chem. Lett.) [ACS Liveslides]

Multiple-binding-site Mechanism Explains Concentration-dependent Unbinding Rates of DNA-binding Proteins (Nucleic Acids Research)

Rules Surface Underlying KcsA Potassium Channels (Soft Matter)

DNA-mediated Nanoparticle Crystallization into Wulff Polyhedra (Nature)



Ion Correlation-Induced Phase Separation in Polyelectrolyte Blends (ACS Macro Letters)

Growth Dynamics for DNA-Guided Nanoparticle Crstallization (ACS Nano 7)

Behaviour in Polyelectrolyte Blends: Hybrid Liquid-State Integral Equation and Self-Consistent Field Theory Study (Phys. Rev. Lett.)
Potassium Ions in the Cavity of a KcsA Channel Mode (Phys. Rev. E.)
Generating True Minima in Constrained Variational Formulations via Modified Lagrange Multipliers (Phys. Rev. E.)

Self-Replication in Colloids with Assymmetric Interactions (Soft Matter)

Large Counterions Boost the Solubility and Renormalized Charge of Suspended Nanoparticles (ACS Nano)

Binding-Rebinding Dynamics of Proteins Interacting Nonspecifically with a Long DNA Molecule (Phys. Rev. E.)

Accelerated Self-Replication Under Non-Equilibrium, Periodic Energy Delivery (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.)

Driving Force for Water Permeation Across Lipid Membranes (J. Phys. Chem.)

Thermodynamic Analysis of Multiply Twinned Particles: Surface Stress Effects (J. Phys. Chem. Lett.)

Frustrated crystalline order in confined long-range interacting particles (Phys. Rev. Lett.)

Free-energy functionals of the electrostatic potential for Poisson-Boltzmann theory (Phys. Rev. E)
Effect of Ion–Ion Correlations on Polyelectrolyte Gel Collapse and Reentrant Swelling (Macromolecules)

An exact method to obtain effective electrostatic interactions from computer simulations: The case of effective charge amplification. (J.Chem. Phys.)

Thermally Active Hybridization Drives the Crystallization of DNA-functionalized Nanoparticles (J. Am. Chem. Soc.)

Enhancing and reversing the electric field at the oil–water interface with size-asymmetric monovalent ions (Soft Matter)

Driving Force for Crystallization of Anionic Lipid
Membranes Revealed by Atomistic Simulations (J. Phys. Chem.)

Electrostatic repulsion-driven crystallization model arising from filament networks (Phys. Rev. E)

Tunable soft structure in charged fluids confined by dielectric interfaces (PNAS)

Non-equilibrium ionic assemblies of oppositely charged nanoparticles (Soft Matter)

Mechanical Model of Blebbing in Nuclear Lamin Meshworks (PNAS)

Elastic Strain Energy Effects in Faceted Decahedral Nanoparticles
(J. Phys. Chem. C)

Controlling Orientational Order in 1-D Assemblies of Multivalent Triangular Prisms (J. Phys. Chem. Lett.)

pH-Controlled Nano-Aggregation in Amphiphilic Polymer Conetworks (ACS Nano)

Packing of charged chains on toroidal geometries (Phys. Rev. E)

A variational formulation of electrostatics in a medium with spatially varying dielectric permittivity (J. Chem. Phys.)

Theory and simulations of crystalline control via salinity and pH in ionizable membranes (Soft Matter)

Topological defects in the buckling of elastic membranes (Soft Matter)



Molecular Crystallization Controlled by pH Regulates Mesoscopic Membrane Morphology (ACS Nano)

Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulations of Flow-Assisted Polymerization (ACS Macro Letters)

Simulation of charged systems in heterogeneous dielectric media via a true energy functional (Phys. Rev. Lett.)

Inversion of the Electric Field at the Electrified Liquid−Liquid Interface (J. Chem. Theory Comput.)

Shapes of pored membranes (Soft Matter)

Charge Renormalization of Bilayer Elastic Properties (J. Chem. Phys.)

Curvature‐driven effective attraction in multicomponent membranes (Phys. Rev. E)

Understanding swollen-collapsed and re-entrant transitions in polyelectrolyte nanogels by a modified Donnan theory (Soft Matter)

Pattern Selection in Polyelectrolyte Gels by Nonlinear Elasticity (Macromolecules)

Nematic liquid crystals on spherical surfaces: Control of defect configurations by temperature, density, and rod shape (Phys. Rev. E)

Nonlinear elastic model for faceting of vesicles with soft grain boundaries (Phys. Rev. E)

Modeling the Crystallization of Spherical Nucleic Acid Nanoparticle Conjugates with Molecular Dynamics Simulations (Nano Letters)

Interacting NanoParticles with Functional Surface Groups (J. Pol.Sci B: Polymer Physics)

Molecular theory of weak polyelectrolyte thin films (Soft MatterHot Article)
Buckling of Multicomponent Elastic Shells with Line Tension (Soft Matter Cover)

Solubility and Transport of Cationic and Anionic Patterned Nanoparticles (Journal: Phys.Rev.E)



Entropic effects in the electric double layer of model colloids with size-asymmetric monovalent ions (J. Chem. Phys.)

Local Ionic Environment around Polyvalent Nucleic Acid-Functionalized Nanoparticles (J.Phys.Chem. C)

Electrostatic Control of Nanoscale Phase Behavior of Polyelectrolyte Gels (Curr. Opinion Solid St. & Mat. Sci.)

Attractive interactions between equally charged nanoparticles in monovalent salts with different ionic size (J. Chem. Phys.)

Dynamic Self Assembly of Photo-Switchable nanoparticles (Soft Matter)
Study of Volume Phase Transitions in Polymeric Nanogels by Theoretically Informed Coarse-Grained Simulations (Soft Matter)

Platonic and Archimedean geometries in multicomponent elastic membranes (highlighted in PNAS)

Charge-driven collapse of nano-cages (Phys. Rev. Lett.)

A Quantitative Description of the Binding Equilibria of
para-Substituted Aniline Ligands and CdSe Quantum Dots (J. Phys. Chem. C)

Density Fluctuations of Polymers in Disordered Media (Phys. Rev. E)

Electrostatic-driven Pattern Formation in Fibers, nanotubes and Pores (featured cover page in Soft Matter)

Electrostatic driven ridge formation on nanoparticles
coated with charged end group ligands (J. Phys. Chem. C)

Molecular Theory of Weak Polyelectrolyte Gels:
The Role of pH and Salt Concentration (Macromolecules)


Correlated Electrolytes Solutions and Ion-induced Interactions between Nanoparticles

A Minimal Model of Nanoparticle Crystallization in Polar Solvents via Steric Effects

A GPU-Implementation of Coulomb Interaction in Molecular Dynamics

Long-Range Alignment of Nanoscale Filaments

Microscopic approach to the kinetics of pattern formation of charged molecules on surfaces

Effects of Ionic Size Asymmetry around a Charged Nanoparticle: Unequal Charge Neutralization and Electrostatic Screening

Self-organization of grafted polyelectrolyte layers via the coupling of chemical equilibrium and physical interactions

Cluster Formation of Charged Nanoparticles on a Surface in Aqueous Solution


Compartmentalization and Delivery via Asymmetric Copolymer Monolayers with Swollen or Inverse Swollen Micelles

Swelling and Collapse of Polyelectrolyte Gels in Equilibrium with Monovalent and Divalent Electrolyte Solutions

Electrostatics and/or Elastic Optimal Arrangement of Triangular Lattices Confined to Cylindrical Fibers

Nanoparticle in Aqueous Media: Crystallization and Solvation Charge Asymmetry

Buckled Membranes in Mixed-Valence Ionic Amphiphile Vesicles

The electrostatic origin of chiral patterns on nanofibers

Asymmetric charge renormalization for nanoparticles in aqueous media

Thermodynamics of Ternary Electrolytes: Enhanced Adsorption of Macroions as Minority Component at Liquid Interfaces


Why do peptide amphiphiles form fibers?

Nano-pattern Formation of Weakly Charged Membrane with Hydrophobic Backbones


Mystery on Charge Asymmetry: Anionic Macroions in Periodic Lattices Held by Hydrated Cations And Not Vice-Versa

Ionic Rafts May Promote Interactions in Complex Biological Systems

Spontaneous chirality via long-range electrostatic forces

Faceting ionic shells into icosahedra via electrostatics


Electrostatic attraction between cationic-anionic assemblies with surface compositional heterogeneities

Polynucleotide Adsorption to Negatively Charged Surfaces


Peptide Amphiphiles (PA) nanofibers are formed from acidic PAs and basic PAs at neutral pH


Topology of Relaxed Encapsulated Droplets after Elongation

Gradient Copolymers Melts