Bruce Berne, Columbia University, "Hydrophobicity on small and large length scales"
Department of Chemistry
Dr. Berne's lab's research focuses on understanding structural and dynamical processes in condensed matter and biophysical systems. Because they study many-body systems, it is necessary to utilize the powerful analytical methods of equilibrium and time-dependent quantum statistical mechanics as well as state-of-the art computer simulation methods such as molecular dynamics and quantum Monte-Carlo techniques. One important aspect of their research is the invention of new simulation. Recent work along these lines is their invention of a novel multiple time scale method in molecular dynamics and its application to the simulation of biomacromolecules, hydrophobicity, the detailed mechanism of chemical denaturation, and the effect of force on proteins. Another important activity involves the invention of new dynamical fluctuating charge force fields for complex molecular assemblies.