V. Tkachenko

Soft Condensed Matter Theorist @

Researcher ID: I-9040-2012 

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. 

CFN is both a Research Center and a User Facility with the focus on experimental and computational tools for nanoscience, and an excellent on-site expertise. We are always looking for new users and potential collaborators. Lean more here

Recent Papers

    S. Srivastava, D. Nykypanchuk, M. M Maye, A. V. Tkachenko, and O. Gang, "Supercompressible DNA Nanoparticle Lattices", Soft Matter 9, 10452 (2013)
    O. A. Vasilyev, B. A. Klumov, and A. V. Tkachenko, "Precursors of order in aggregates of patchy particles", Phys Rev. E 88, 012302 (2013)
    * J. D. Halverson and A. V Tkachenko, "DNA-Programmed Mesoscopic Architecture", Phys. Rev. E 87, 062310 (2013)
    * S. Vial, D. Nykypanchuk, K. G. Yager, A. V. Tkachenko, and O. Gang, "Linear Mesostructures in DNA-Nanorod Self-Assembly", ACS Nano 7 , 5437 (2013)
    * S. Angioletti-Uberti, P. Varilly, B.M. Mognetti, A.V. Tkachenko, and D. Frenkel, "A simple analytical formula for the free energy of ligand-receptor-mediated interactions", J. of Chem. Phys., 138, 021102 (2013)

DNA-Programmed Architecture

Supercompressible Nanocrystals!divAbstract

DNA-linked Nanodimers

Tunable DNA-mediated Aggregation

Self-Assembled Mesostructures

Order and Disorder at Interfaces

DNA-Caged Nanoparticles


Inverse Problem in Self-assembly

Isostaticity in DNA-NP Superlattices

Targeted Drug Delivery