Welcome to the web home of the Whitmer group at Notre Dame; we study a variety of different phenomena in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, primarily applied to soft materials. Click on a figure below for an extended description of our work.

Free Energy Methods

Free-Energy Mapping

Liquid Crystal Phase Behavior and Response

Liquid Crystalline Materials

Polymer & Polyelectrolyte Phases

Polymer and Polyelectrolyte Phases

Cluster Design & Self-Assembly

Cluster Self Assembly

Classical Thermodynamics

Classical Thermodynamic Methods