|Tine Curk is an incoming assistant professor of materials science and engineering (starting in January 2023). His research focuses on the theory and computational modeling of soft materials. He applies molecular simulations, coarse-grained techniques, and statistical mechanics to understand intriguing and often counter-intuitive phenomena emerging from many interacting components. Practical applications include designing functional soft materials and biomaterials and exploring charge–structure relationships at the nanoscale. To tackle the problems at hand, he develops new algorithms and simulation methods and is a contributor to the open-source molecular dynamics code LAMMPS.
Tine earned a BS and MS in physics from the University of Maribor (2012) and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Cambridge (2016). He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Chinese academy of sciences and Northwestern University. Tine’s work contributed to the design of functionalized polymers and nanoparticles for super-selective targeting and understanding charge regulation in soft materials. His academic awards include Herchel Smith scholarship, CAS President’s postdoctoral fellowship, and Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship.