Faculty Profiles

Michael Rubinstein
Professor of Chemistry
3377 Fciemas Building, Box 90300, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-5365



Ph.D., Harvard University 1983

Button, Brian, et al. “Roles of mucus adhesion and cohesion in cough clearance..” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 115, no. 49, Dec. 2018, pp. 12501–06. Epmc, doi:10.1073/pnas.1811787115. Full Text

Rubinstein, Michael, et al. “Structure of Liquid Coacervates formed by Oppositely Charged Polyelectrolytes..” Macromolecules, vol. 51, no. 23, Dec. 2018, pp. 9572–88. Epmc, doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.8b02059. Full Text

Ge, Ting, et al. “Nanorheology of Entangled Polymer Melts..” Physical Review Letters, vol. 120, no. 5, Feb. 2018. Epmc, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.057801. Full Text

Zhou, Jinsheng, et al. “Enhanced nanochannel translocation and localization of genomic DNA molecules using three-dimensional nanofunnels.” Nature Communications, vol. 8, no. 1, Springer Nature, Dec. 2017. Crossref, doi:10.1038/s41467-017-00951-4. Full Text

Peters, Brandon L., et al. “Polymers at Liquid/Vapor Interface.” Acs Macro Letters, vol. 6, no. 11, American Chemical Society (ACS), Nov. 2017, pp. 1191–95. Crossref, doi:10.1021/acsmacrolett.7b00466. Full Text

Wagner, Caroline E., et al. “A Rheological Study of the Association and Dynamics of MUC5AC Gels.” Biomacromolecules, vol. 18, no. 11, American Chemical Society (ACS), Nov. 2017, pp. 3654–64. Crossref, doi:10.1021/acs.biomac.7b00809. Full Text

Simon, Joseph R., et al. “Programming molecular self-assembly of intrinsically disordered proteins containing sequences of low complexity..” Nature Chemistry, vol. 9, no. 6, June 2017, pp. 509–15. Epmc, doi:10.1038/nchem.2715. Full Text

Jacobson, David R., et al. “Single-stranded nucleic acid elasticity arises from internal electrostatic tension.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 114, no. 20, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, May 2017, pp. 5095–100. Crossref, doi:10.1073/pnas.1701132114. Full Text

Gonzalez, Mark A., et al. “Strong, Tough, Stretchable, and Self-Adhesive Hydrogels from Intrinsically Unstructured Proteins..” Advanced Materials (Deerfield Beach, Fla.), vol. 29, no. 10, Mar. 2017. Epmc, doi:10.1002/adma.201604743. Full Text

Ge, Ting, et al. “Nanoparticle Motion in Entangled Melts of Linear and Nonconcatenated Ring Polymers.” Macromolecules, vol. 50, no. 4, American Chemical Society (ACS), Feb. 2017, pp. 1749–54. Crossref, doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.6b02632. Full Text


Rubinstein, Michael. “Theoretical Challenges in Polymer Dynamics.” Theoretical Challenges in the Dynamics of Complex Fluids, edited by T. McLeish, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1997, pp. 21–51.

Rubinstein, Michael. “Polymer physics-The ugly duckling story: Will polymer physics ever become a part of “proper” physics?.” Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, vol. 48, no. 24, Wiley, 2010, pp. 2548–51. Crossref, doi:10.1002/polb.22135. Full Text

Rubinstein, Michael, and Audrey V. Dobrynin. “Associations leading to formation of reversible networks and gels.” Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science, vol. 4, no. 1, Elsevier BV, Feb. 1999, pp. 83–87. Crossref, doi:10.1016/s1359-0294(99)00013-8. Full Text