Alumnus Vaikuntanathan awarded ACS 2023 Early Career Award

Suriyanarayanan Vaikuntanathan (2011 Ph.D., advisor Christopher Jarzynski), was awarded the ACS 2023 Early Career Award in Theoretical Chemistry “for the development of powerful non-equilibrium statistical mechanical theories to understand the behavior of complex matter ranging from driven systems to biological self-assembly.”

An assistant professor in the James Franck Institute, University of Chicago, Suri’s research group develops and uses tools of equilibrium and nonequilibrium statistical mechanics to understand the behavior of complex systems in physical chemistry, soft condensed matter physics, and biophysics. Specific research interests include statistical mechanics of driven systems and self-assembly out of equilibrium, information processing and control in biology, and studies of aqueous fluctuations in heterogeneous environments with the goal of developing coarse grained models for efficient multiscale chemical and biophysical simulations. 

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