Alexei V. Tkachenko
Soft Condensed Matter Theorist @
Theoretical Soft Condensed Matter * Programmable Self-assembly * Bio-inspired Nanoscience * Statistical Physics
This site features my research as a Scientist at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN), a part of Brookhaven National Laboratory. By combining methods of theoretical statistical physics with computer simulations, and working closely with my experimental collaborators, I explore the emerging areas of programmable self-assembly and bio-inspired nanoscience. Some of our approaches are "biokleptic", i.e. biomolecules such as DNA are "borrowed" from Nature to mediate nanoparticle self-assembly or to give new functionality to engineered nano-structures. On the other hand, as the complexity of these artificially built structures increases, they start looking more and more like "living matter" and share certain organizing principles with biological systems.