Materials Science & Engineering
Stony Brook University, Materials Science
Studying statistical mechanics and computer modeling of complex chemical systems is
at the heart of Dilip Gersappe’s research. He investigates the behavior of self-assembling
polymeric and biopolymeric systems, and is developing theories for the properties
of polymer blends and the behavior of polymers at surfaces and interfaces. In recent
work, Gersappe has used mean field theories to determine the effect of confinement
on the properties of thin film polymer blends. In other work, he has used molecular
dynamics simulations to isolate the molecular mechanisms of failure in polymeric adhesives.
Currently, he is developing parallel molecular dynamics techniques to study the strengthening
mechanisms in polymer nanocomposites and to investigate the factors that control the
permeability of polymeric membranes.