Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame



Jonathan Whitmer

Office:  122 Cushing Hall of Engineering

Phone:  574-631-1417


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Current Position
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Ph.D., Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
M.S., Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
B.S., Math and Physics, Kansas State University

Research Interests
Dr. Whitmer's research interests include equilibrium and nonequilibrium polyelectrolytes; liquid crystalline gels, elastomers, and sensors; and colloidal clustering and assembly. 

Key Words
Microfluidics, Liquid Crystals, Patchy Particles, Computer Simulation, Statistical Mechanics

Relevant Energy Publications

  • JK Whitmer, AM Fluitt, L Antony, J Qin, M McGovern, JJ de Pablo, “Sculpting bespoke mountains: Determining free energies with basis expansions”, The Journal of Chemical Physics (2015) 143 (4), 044101.
  • Sarah L Perry, Lorraine Leon, Kyle Q Hoffmann, Matthew J Kade, Dimitrios Priftis, Katie A Black, Derek Wong, Ryan A Klein, Charles F Pierce III, Khatcher O Margossian, Jonathan K Whitmer, Jian Qin, Juan J de Pablo, Matthew Tirrell, “Chirality-selected phase behaviour in ionic polypeptide complexes”, Nature Communications (2015) 6.
  • JK Whitmer, C Chiu, AA Joshi, JJ de Pablo, “Basis Function Sampling: A New Paradigm for Material Property Computation”, Physical Review Letters (2014), 113 (19), 190602.
  • JK Whitmer, AA Joshi, RJ Carlton, NL Abbott, JJ de Pablo, “Surface Adsorption in Nonpolarizable Atomic Models”, Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation (2014), 10 (12), 5616-5624.
  • AA Joshi, JK Whitmer, O Guzmán, NL Abbott, JJ de Pablo, “Measuring liquid crystal elastic constants with free energy perturbations”, Soft Matter (2014), 10 (6), 882-893.