Erik Luijten

Erik Luijten

Professor Erik Luijten studied physics in The Netherlands, where he received his MSc from the Institute for Theoretical Physics at Utrecht University (with Prof. Henk van Beijeren) and his PhD (cum laude) from Delft University of Technology in 1997 (with Prof. Henk Blöte). He has worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research and the University of Mainz, Germany, with Prof. Kurt Binder and at the Institute for Physical Science and Technology of the University of Maryland, with Prof. Michael E. Fisher and Prof. Athanassios Panagiotopoulos. From 2001 to 2008 he was an assistant professor and later associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and (by courtesy) the Department of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since January 2009 he holds a joint position in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics at Northwestern University. After serving as director of the Applied Physics Graduate Program from 2011 until 2016, he is currently the chair of the department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Professor Luijten's research interests encompass a wide range of topics, with an emphasis on collective behavior in complex fluids and soft condensed-matter systems. Recent work includes colloidal self-assembly, nanoparticles for gene delivery purposes, bacterial self-organization, and data analysis for gravitational-wave detectors. These topics are generally studied via large-scale computer simulations. More details can be found on the
CSML research page.

Professor Luijten received the 2003 IAPWS Helmholtz Award in recognition of
“Fundamental and innovative contributions enhancing the state of the art of computer simulations of theoretical models that are directly relevant to the critical and phase behaviour of aqueous systems.” He also received an NSF CAREER Award (2004) and a Xerox Award for Faculty Research (2006). In 2013 he was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society.
luijten@northwestern.edu | (847) 491-4097






Bernard Beckerman

Hanne Antila

Hanne grew up in the small town of Ilmajoki, Finland. She holds a Ms. Sci (Tech.) in engineering physics and Dr. Sci (Tech.) in computational chemistry, both from Aalto University, Finland. Her thesis work on computational modelling of polyelectrolyte interactions was conducted in the research group of Dr. Maria Sammalkorpi in Aalto. Her other research interest in the past have included polarizable force fields and modelling the water diffusion in the human brain for the purpose of tractography. She joined the CSML in the summer of 2016 with the aim of studying polymer behaviour under hydrodynamical flow.

In her free time Hanne enjoys working out, which helps to keep a balance with her love of good food. She is an avid traveller who thinks time, whether in home or abroad, is best spent by enjoying the company of her amazing group of friends.
hanne.antila@gmail.com | (847) 467-1703













Huanxin Wu

Huanxin Wu

Huanxin grew up in a small town close to Shanghai, named Haimen. He received his B.S. in physics from Nanjing University in China. He spent half a year as an exchange student at the University of Hong Kong during his senior year. In 2011 he began to pursue a Ph.D. in physics at Northwestern University. Before joining Prof. Luijten's group, he worked with Prof. James Sauls on condensed matter theory of superfluidity for a year. His current research focuses on the simulation of dielectric effects in colloidal systems and the associated algorithm development. Besides research, Huanxin is a fan of digital painting and Chinese literature.
HuanxinWu2016@u.northwestern.edu | (847) 467-1703













Ming Han

Ming Han

Ming Han was born in Jiangxi, in southern China. He obtained his B.S. in physics and mathematics from Zhiyuan College at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). While at SJTU he was awarded a National Scholarship. Ming came to Northwestern to pursue his Ph.D. in Applied Physics and joined the CSML during the summer of 2012. His research focuses on the simulation of colloidal flow and complex fluids. Currently he is involved in a collaboration with the Granick group at UIUC, studying the self-assembly and phase behavior of Janus particles. He is also interested in the instability and crystallization of colloidal suspensions in a pressure gradient.
MingHan2012@u.northwestern.edu | (847) 467-1703













Zonghui Wei

Zonghui Wei

Zonghui grew up in Anhui province in China. She obtained her B.S. degree in physics from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). After being admitted to the Applied Physics Graduate Program at Northwestern in 2013, Zonghui joined CSML. Her current research focuses on the computational study of self-assembly of nucleic acids and cationic polymers. In collaboration with Prof. Hai-Quan Mao’s group at Johns Hopkins University, she is exploring the mechanism of nucleic acid and polycation micelle formation to facilitate the development of gene delivery vehicles.
ZonghuiWei2013@u.northwestern.edu | (847) 467-1703













Cyrus Ramavarapu

Ziwei Wang

Ziwei grew up in Tangshan, Hebei province of China. She graduated from Zhiyuan College at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) with a B.S. in physics. Her undergraduate thesis work, conducted under Prof. Jie Zhang, focused on the experimental study of granular avalanches, and was awarded the prize of 2015 Excellent Bachelor Thesis (Top 1%) of SJTU. Also, she was honored 'The Chun-Tsung Scholar' and the 2015 Zhiyuan Outstanding Student Scholarship of SJTU. Ziwei has been part of the CSML since September 2015 and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Northwestern University. In her spare time, she likes cooking, yoga and traveling.
ZiweiWang2015@u.northwestern.edu | (847) 467-1703













Homayoon (Amir) Maghsoodi

Ian Madden

Ian grew up in both the U.S. and abroad having spent grade school in China. He graduated from Boston College with a B.S. degree in both Physics and Chemistry. In Undergraduate he worked in the physical chemistry lab of Prof. Dunwei Wang performing experimental research. Upon admission to Northwestern's Ph.D. in Materials Science program in 2016, Ian has chosen to focus on computation and joined the CSML. He is currently interested in the behavior of granular matter and dielectric systems.

Outside of Academica, Ian enjoys jazz, cooking, and adventure sports such as skiing, climbing, and scuba diving.
IanMadden2020@u.northwestern.edu | (847) 467-1703













Wei Qu

Ryan Franks

Ryan grew up in a town in Illinois near Evanston. He is pursuing a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern and joined the CSML in the winter of 2015. His research focuses on self assembly in spherical nucleic acids. When he's free, he enjoys algorithmic artwork and philosophy.
RyanFranks2019@u.northwestern.edu | (847) 467-1703




Past Members



Former Postdocs


Kipton Barros
Permanent Staff Member
Los Alamos National Labs

Angelo Cacciuto
Assistant Professor of Chemistry—Columbia University

Aegyeong Cheong

Meenakshi Dutt
Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering—Rutgers University

Pai-Yi Hsiao
Associate Professor of Engineering and System Science—National Tsinghua University


Former Graduate Students


Stephen Barr

Bernard Beckerman
Uptake—Data Scientist

Moses Bloom
Precision Castparts

Camilo Guáqueta
Athena Health

Jiwen Liu
HSBC Securities

Stefanos Papanikolaou
Assistant Professor
Johns Hopkins University

Lei Guo
Goldman Sachs—Analyst

Holger Meßingfeld
Piraeus Bank

Amelia Plunk
Northwestern University

Jaewook Lee
Visiting Student

Homayoon (Amir) Maghsoodi

Wei Qu
Citi Bank

Cyrus Ramavarapu
University of Pittsburgh

Wonki Roh
Samsung

Daniel Sinkovits
Postdoc—Sanat Kumar Group at Columbia University

Jonathan Whitmer
Assistant Professor
University of Notre Dame

Alex Winkler
Visiting Student


Former Undergraduate Students


Victoria Nelson

Connor Eck