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Research Interests

Research in the Olvera de la Cruz group is centered around the development of models to describe the self-assembly of heterogeneous molecules including amphiphiles, copolymers, and synthetic and biological polyelectrolytes, as well as the segregation and interface adsorption in multicomponent complex fluids. Work by the group has resulted in a revised model of ionic-driven assembly: demonstrating the electrostatic spontaneous symmetry breaking of ionic fibers and membranes, and identifying its relevance to biological functions and to the design of functional materials. The group's investigations into soft and condensed matter physics have advanced scientific knowledge and opened new research fields of technological importance, including gel electrophoreses dynamics, self-organization of molecular electrolytes into bio-mimetic materials, self-assembly of heterogeneous molecules into complex nanostructures, interface adsorption and phase segregation dynamics and structure of multicomponent fluids.

Education/Academic qualification

Physics, PhD, University of Cambridge

… → 1985

Physics, BA, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

… → 1981

Research interests

  • Polymer theory
  • phase transformations
  • poly-electrolytes

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  • Research Output

    Assembly and Stability of Simian Virus 40 Polymorphs

    Waltmann, C., Asor, R., Raviv, U. & Olvera de la Cruz, M., Apr 28 2020, In : ACS nano. 14, 4, p. 4430-4443 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Scopus citations

    Chromophore amphiphile-polyelectrolyte hybrid hydrogels for photocatalytic hydrogen production

    Sai, H., Erbas, A., Dannenhoffer, A., Huang, D., Weingarten, A., Siismets, E., Jang, K., Qu, K., Palmer, L. C., Olvera De La Cruz, M. & Stupp, S. I., Jan 7 2020, In : Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 8, 1, p. 158-168 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Scopus citations

    Control of Ionic Mobility via Charge Size Asymmetry in Random Ionomers

    Ma, B., Nguyen, T. D. & Olvera De La Cruz, M., Jan 8 2020, In : Nano letters. 20, 1, p. 43-49 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • DNA- and Field-Mediated Assembly of Magnetic Nanoparticles into High-Aspect Ratio Crystals

    Park, S. S., Urbach, Z. J., Brisbois, C. A., Parker, K. A., Partridge, B. E., Oh, T., Dravid, V. P., Olvera de la Cruz, M. & Mirkin, C. A., Jan 1 2020, In : Advanced Materials. 32, 4, 1906626.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Multicanonical Monte Carlo ensemble growth algorithm

    Vernizzi, G., Nguyen, T. D., Orland, H. & Olvera De La Cruz, M., Feb 2020, In : Physical Review E. 101, 2, 021301.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle