Michael Nayhouse

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Via dissipative particle dynamics (DPD), we simulate the self-assembly of end-functionalized, amphiphilic nanotubes and lipids in a hydrophilic solvent. Each nanotube encompasses a hydrophobic stalk and two hydrophilic ends, which are functionalized with end-tethered chains. With a relatively low number of the nanotubes in solution, the components(More)
In this work, the modeling and control of a batch crystallization process used to produce tetragonal hen egg white lyso-zyme crystals are studied. Two processes are considered, crystal nucleation and growth. Crystal nucleation rates are obtained from previous experiments. The growth of each crystal progresses via kinetic Monte Carlo simulations comprising(More)
In this paper, we focus on a batch protein crystallization process used to produce tetragonal hen egg white lysozyme crystals and present a comparative study of the performance of a model predictive control (MPC) strategy formulated to account for crystal shape and size distribution with conventional operating strategies used in industry, namely, constant(More)
In simulation studies of fluid-solid transitions, the solid phase is usually modeled as a constrained system in which each particle is confined to move in a single Wigner-Seitz cell. The constrained cell model has been used in the determination of fluid-solid coexistence via thermodynamic integration and other techniques. In the present work, the phase(More)
Despite recent advances, precise simulation of fluid-solid transitions still remains a challenging task. Thermodynamic integration techniques are the simplest methods to study fluid-solid coexistence. These methods are based on the calculation of the free energies of the fluid and the solid phases, starting from a state of known free energy which is usually(More)
Using computational modeling, we simulate the fluid-driven motion of microcapsules on patterned surfaces to establish guidelines for creating simple microfluidic devices for bioassays and multistage chemical reactions. The microcapsules, which consist of an elastic shell and an encapsulated fluid, model biological cells or polymeric particles. We focus on(More)
A simulation method for fluid-solid transitions, which is based on a modification of the constrained cell model of Hoover and Ree, is developed and tested on a system of hard spheres. In the fully occupied constrained cell model, each particle is confined in its own Wigner-Seitz cell. Constant-pressure simulations of the constrained cell model for a system(More)
In simulations of fluid-solid coexistence, the solid phase is modeled as a constrained system of Wigner-Seitz cells with one particle per cell. This model, commonly referred to as the constrained cell model, is a limiting case of a more general cell model, which is formed by considering a homogeneous external field that controls the number of particles per(More)
CAl(4)(2-/-) (D(4h), (1)A(1g)) is a cluster ion that has been established to be planar, aromatic, and contain a tetracoordinate planar C atom. Valence isoelectronic substitution of C with Si and Ge in this cluster leads to a radical change of structure toward distorted pentagonal species. We find that this structural change goes together with the cluster(More)