Speaker： Brian B. Laird, Chair and Full Professor, University of Kansas, Department of Chemistry
Time：15:00-16:00, June 1, 2017
Location：Room 226，Building of Physics (闵行校区物理楼226)
Organizer：School of Physics and Material Science
Introduction of the speaker:
Brian B. Laird is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Kansas and currently serves as Department Chair. He received Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1982 and a Ph.D. inTheoretical Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1987. Prior to his current position, he held postdoctoral and lecturer appointments at Columbia University, Forschungszentrum Jülich (NATO Fellowship) (Germany), University of Utah, University of Sydney (Australia) and the University of Wisconsin.
He has been in his current position at the University of Kansassince 1994, punctuated with brief periods as a Visiting Scientist at the University of Mainz (Germany), the University of Leicester (UK), University of California, Davis and the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Study in Germany. He is the recipient of a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. His research interests involve the application of statistical mechanics andmolecular simulation to the determination of materials properties. Specificareas of research include (a) investigations into the structure, dynamics, and the rmodynamics of the interfaces between condensed phase materials (crystals,liquids, amorphous materials), (b) prediction of solid-liquid, liquid-vaporco existence properties in systems under nano-scale confinement, (c) and the development of advanced algorithms for molecular dynamics simulation. Published 111 peer reviewed papers and received 5089 citations.