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Philip Alan Pincus

Professor of Materials and Biomolecular Science and Engineering

Professor and Chair, Physics

fyl and roscoe and jojo and maizie and diamond

Clockwise: Roscoe and Fyl, December 2012, Jojo and Fyl, January 2013, Fyl and Diamond, October 2013, and Fyl and Mazie, October 2013. Click for higher resolution.

Contact:

Materials Department, Department of Physics, and
Biomolecular Science and Engineering Program

Room 3004 Materials Research Laboratory
University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106-5121, USA.

email: fyl@mrl.ucsb.edu phone: +1 805 893 4685

Brief timeline:
AB (1957) and PhD (1961) in Physics, UC Berkeley.
NSF Post-Doctoral Fellow (1962), Centre d'Etudes Nucléaires de Saclay, France.
Physics Faculty Member, UCLA 1962 — 1983.
Exxon Research and Engineering, Annandale, New Jersey, 1983 — 1985.
UC Santa Barbara (multiple departments) 1985 — present.

Current research:
Theoretical problems in Soft Condensed-Matter Physics: Aqueous solutions of highly charged macromolecules and assemblies; water, hydrogen bond networks and the hydrophobic interaction; structure and interactions of biopolymers; membrane biophysics.

Some recent publications:

  1. H. Kang, P. A. Pincus, C. Hyeon, and D. Thirumalai, Effects of macromolecular crowding on the collapse of biopolymers, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114 (2015) 068303. [doi]
  2. C. Derot, L. Porcar, Y. Lee, P. A. Pincus, Y. S. Jho, and M. In, Electrostatic interaction between nonuniformly charged colloids: Experimental and numerical study, Langmuir 31 (2015) 1649—1659. [doi]
  3. J. Song, J. Franck, P. Pincus, M. W. Kim, and S. Han, Specific ions modulate diffusion dynamics of hydration water on lipid membrane surfaces, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 136 (2014) 2642—2649. [doi]
  4. Y. S. Jho, F. L. H. Brown, M. W. Kim, and P. A. Pincus, Repulsion between oppositely charged planar macroions, PLOS One 8 (2013) e69436. [doi]
  5. R. Farina, N. Laugel, P. A. Pincus, and M. W. Tirrell, Brushes of strong polyelectrolytes in mixed mono- and tri-valent ionic media at fixed total ionic strengths Soft Matter 9 (2013) 10458—10472. [doi]
  6. D. Bracha, E. Karzbrun, G. Shemer, P. A. Pincus, and R. H. Bar-Ziv, Entropy-driven collective interactions in DNA brushes on a biochip, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 110 (2013) 4534—4538. [doi]
  7. Y. S. Jho, S. A. Safran, M. In, and P. A. Pincus, Effect of charge inhomogeneity and mobility on colloid aggregation, Langmuir 28 (2012) 8329—8336. [doi]
  8. J. Landy, D. B. McIntosh, O. A. Saleh, and P. A. Pincus, Ionic excesses and entropies in mean-field screening models, Soft Matter 8 (2012) 9368—9375. [doi]
  9. T. Yamamoto and P. A. Pincus, Collapse of polyelectrolyte brushes in electric fields, Europhys. Lett. 95 (2011) 48003. [doi]
  10. Y. S. Jho, R. Brewster, S. A. Safran,and P. A. Pincus, Long-range interaction between heterogeneously charged membranes, Langmuir 27 (2011) 4439—4446. [doi]
  11. R. Beck, J. Deek, M. C. Choi, T. Ikawa, O. Watanabe, E. Frey, P. A. Pincus, and C. R. Safinya, Unconventional salt trend from soft to stiff in single neurofilament biopolymers, Langmuir 26 (2010) 18595—18599. [doi]
  12. Y. S. Jho, E. B. Zhulina, M. W. Kim, and P. A. Pincus, Monte Carlo simulations of tau proteins: Effect of phosphorylation, Biophys. J. 99 (2010) 2387—2397. [doi]
  13. J.-H. Lee, S.-M. Choi, C. Doe, A. Faraone, P. A. Pincus, and S. R. Kline, Thermal fluctuation and elasticity of lipid vesicles interacting with pore-forming peptides, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105 (2010) 038101. [doi]
  14. C. Schneider, A. Jusufi, R. Farina, P. A. Pincus, M. Tirrell, and M. Ballauff, Stability behavior of anionic spherical polyelectrolyte brushes in the presence of La(III) counterions, Phys. Rev. E 82 (2010) 011401. [doi]
  15. Y. S. Jho, M. W. Kim, S. A. Safran, and P. A. Pincus, Lamellar phase coexistence induced by electrostatic interactions, Eur. Phys. J. E31 (2010) 207—214. [doi]
  16. R. Brewster, P. A. Pincus, and S. A. Safran, Hybrid lipids as a biological surface-active component, Biophys J. 97 (2009) 1087—1094. [doi]

Other select publications:

  1. O. A. Saleh, D. B. McIntosh, P. A. Pincus, and N. Ribeck, Nonlinear low-force elasticity of single-stranded DNA molecules, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102 (2008) 068301. [doi]
  2. D. W. Hone and P. A. Pincus, A lattice model of hydrophobic interactions, Europhys Lett. 76 952—958. [doi]
  3. N. Dan, A. Berman, P. A. Pincus, and S. A. Safran, Membrane-induced interactions between inclusions, J. Physique II 4 (1994) 1713—1725. [doi]
  4. M. Goulian, R. Bruinsma, and P. A. Pincus, Long-range forces in heterogeneous fluid membranes, Europhys. Lett. 22 (1993) 145—150. [doi]
  5. P. A. Pincus, Colloid stabilization with grafted polyelectrolytes, Macromolecules 24 (1991) 2912—2919. [doi]
  6. P. A. Pincus, J.-F. Joanny, and D. Andelman, Electrostatic interactions, curvature elasticity, and steric repulsion in multimembrane systems, Europhys. Lett. 11 (1990) 763—768. [doi]
  7. P. A. Pincus, G. Rossi, and M. E. Cates, Conformons: Self-localized electrons in soluble conjugated polymers, Europhys. Lett. 4 (1987) 41—46. [doi]
  8. T. A. Witten and P. A. Pincus, Colloid stabilization by long grafted polymers, Macromolecules 19 (1986) 2509—2513. [doi]
  9. P. A. Pincus, Dynamics of fluctuations and spinodal decomposition in polymer blends. II, J. Chem. Phys. 75 (1981) 1996—2000. [doi]
  10. P. Pincus and P. G. DeGennes, Transverse acoustic waves in semi-dilute polymer solutions, J. Chimie Physique 74 (1977) 516. [pdf]
  11. P. A. Pincus, Excluded volume effects and stretched polymer-chains, Macromolecules 9 (1976) 386—388. [doi]
  12. P. G. DeGennes, P. A. Pincus, R. M. Velasco, and F. Brochard, Remarks on polyelectrolyte conformation, J. Physique 37 (1976) 1461—1473. [doi]
  13. D. J. Scalapino, Y. Imry, and P. A. Pincus, Generalized Ginzburg-Landau theory of pseudo-one-dimensional systems, Phys. Rev. B. 11 (1975) 2042—2048. [doi]
  14. P. A. Pincus, P. Chaikin, and C. F. Coll, Correlated pairs in attractive Hubbard model, Solid State Commun. 12 (1973) 1265—1268. [doi]
  15. T. Holstein, R. E. Norton, and P. A. Pincus, De-Haas–van-Alphen effect and specific-heat of an electron-gas, Phys. Rev. B. 8 (1973) 2649—2656. [doi]
  16. G. Beni, T. Holstein, and P. A. Pincus, Strong-coupling Hubbard chain, Phys. Rev. B. 8 (1973) 312—316. [doi]
  17. P. A. Pincus, Polaron effects in the nearly atomic limit of the Hubbard model, Solid State Commun. 11 (1972) 51—54. [doi]
  18. P. A. Pincus, Instability of the uniform antiferromagnetic chain, Solid State Commun. 9 (1971) 1971—1973. [doi]
  19. P. G. DeGennes and P. A. Pincus, Pair correlations in a ferromagnetic colloid, Physik der Kondensierten Materie 11 (1970) 189. [link]
  20. P. A. Pincus, Nuclear relaxation in a nematic liquid crystal, Solid State Commun. 7 (1969) 415—417. [doi]
  21. P. A. Pincus, Magnetic-field-induced surface states in a pure type-I superconductor, Phys. Rev. 158 (1967) 346—353. [doi]
  22. P. G. de Gennes, P. A. Pincus, F. Hartmann-Boutron, and J. M. Winter, Nuclear magnetic resonance modes in magnetic material. I. Theory, Phys. Rev. 129 (1963) 1105—1115. [doi]