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.


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]