Dr Chris Lorenz
Telephone: +44 020 7848 2639
Office: S1.04, Strand Campus
Research Group: Materials & Molecular Modelling, Materials Research Group
Chris Lorenz received a combined BS/MS in chemical engineering at the University of Michigan in 1997. Chris continued on to earn his PhD in chemical engineering in 2001 at the University of Michigan, under the supervision of Prof. Robert Ziff, with whom he investigated ‘Chemical Engineering Applications of Percolation Theory.’ In 2001, Chris moved to Albuquerque, NM to work as a postdoc in Multi-scale Materials and Molecular Biology Simulations group at Sandia National Laboratories. In Dec. 2005, Chris moved to Ames, IA where he worked as a research fellow in the Physics Department of Iowa State University and Ames National Laboratory. Chris was appointed as a lecturer at King’s College London in May 2007.
I am very interested in using my expertise in molecular and atomistic scale simulations to study the structural and mechanical properties of materials in biological, colloidal, interfacial and ionic systems. Recently, some of the areas that have drawn my attention are:
Electrokinetic effects of ionic solutions in silica nanochannels
Interfacial behavior of water near titanium and silicon oxide surfaces
The effect of molecular structure on the self-assembly of block copolymers into micelles and thin films
The structural properties of proteins near mixed lipid membranes and/or self-assembled monolayers
The hydration of colloidal micelles and mixed lipid bilayers
The structural properties of confined water between self-assembled monolayers
The structural and nanotribological properties of self-assembled monolayers
The mechanical properties of bio-derived epoxy adhesives
"Simulation study of the silicon oxide and water interface," Christian D. Lorenz, Mesfin Tsige, Susan B. Rempe, Michael Chandross, Mark J. Stevens and Gary S. Grest, Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience submitted in 2009
"Forces between functionalized silica nanoparticles in solution," J. Matthew D. Lane, Ahmed E. Ismail, Michael Chandross, Christian D. Lorenz and Gary S. Grest, Physical Review E 79 050501(R) (2009).
“Molecular dynamics simulations of water confined between matched pairs of hydrophobic and hydrophilic self-assembled monolayers,” Christian D. Lorenz, J. Matthew D. Lane, Michael Chandross, Mark J. Stevens and Gary S. Grest, Langmuir 25, 4535 (2009).
“Water penetration of damaged self-assembly monolayers,” J. Matthew D. Lane, Michael Chandross, Christan D. Lorenz, Mark J. Stevens, and Gary S. Grest, Langmuir 24, 5734 (2008).
“Molecular dynamics of ionic transport and electrokinetic effects in realistic silica channels,” Christian D. Lorenz, Paul S. Crozier, Joshua A. Anderson and Alex Travesset, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 112, 10222 (2008).
“Micellar crystals in solution from molecular dynamics simulations,” Joshua A. Anderson, Christian D. Lorenz and Alex Travesset, Journal of Chemical Physics 128, 184906 (2008).
“General purpose molecular dynamics simulations fully implemented on graphics processing units,” Joshua A. Anderson, Christian D. Lorenz and Alex Travesset, Journal of Computational Physics 227, 5342 (2008).
“Hydrogen bonding and binding of polybasic residues with negatively charged mixed lipid monolayers,” Christian D. Lorenz, Jordi Faraudo and Alex Travesset, Langmuir 24, 1654 (2008).
“Simulations of nanotribology with realistic probe tip models,” Michael Chandross, Christian D. Lorenz, Mark J. Stevens and Gary S. Grest, Langmuir 24, 1240 (2008).