Presentation: Molecular mechanisms of crystallization, recrystallization, melting and melt memory
Murugappan Muthukumar received his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics at the University of Chicago. After his postdoctoral fellowship in the Cavendish Laboratory at the Cambridge University, he joined the faculty of Illinois Institute of Technology for a couple of years, and then moved to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he is currently the Wilmer D. Barrett Distinguished Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering. His current research topics of interest include polymer crystallization, polyelectrolyte physics, and polymer translocation. Muthukumar is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and has received the Dillon Medal and the Polymer Physics Prize of the American Physical Society, ACS Polymer Chemistry Award, Chancellor’s Medal of the University of Massachusetts, and the Gutenberg Lecture Award from the University of Mainz. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Chemical Physics, having served as an Adjunct Editor for the Physical Review Letters for almost a decade.