Philip Alan Pincus
Professor of Materials and Biomolecular Science and Engineering
Professor and Chair, Physics
Clockwise: Roscoe and Fyl, December 2012, Jojo and Fyl, January 2013,
Fyl and Diamond, October 2013, and Fyl and Mazie, October 2013.
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Contact:
Materials Department,
Department of Physics, and
Biomolecular Science and Engineering Program
Room 3004 Materials Research Laboratory
University of California,
Santa Barbara CA 931065121, USA.
email: fyl@mrl.ucsb.edu phone: +1 805 893 4685
Brief timeline:
AB (1957) and PhD (1961) in Physics, UC Berkeley.
NSF PostDoctoral 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 CondensedMatter 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:

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]

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]

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]

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]

R. Farina, N. Laugel, P. A. Pincus, and M. W. Tirrell,
Brushes of strong polyelectrolytes in mixed mono and trivalent ionic media at fixed total ionic strengths
Soft Matter 9 (2013) 10458—10472.
[doi]

D. Bracha, E. Karzbrun, G. Shemer, P. A. Pincus, and R. H. BarZiv,
Entropydriven collective interactions in DNA brushes on a biochip,
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 110 (2013) 4534—4538.
[doi]

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]

J. Landy, D. B. McIntosh, O. A. Saleh, and P. A. Pincus,
Ionic excesses and entropies in meanfield screening models,
Soft Matter 8 (2012) 9368—9375.
[doi]

T. Yamamoto and P. A. Pincus,
Collapse of polyelectrolyte brushes in electric fields,
Europhys. Lett. 95 (2011) 48003.
[doi]

Y. S. Jho, R. Brewster, S. A. Safran,and P. A. Pincus,
Longrange interaction between heterogeneously charged membranes,
Langmuir 27 (2011) 4439—4446.
[doi]

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]

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]

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
poreforming peptides,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 105 (2010) 038101.
[doi]

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]

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]

R. Brewster, P. A. Pincus, and S. A. Safran,
Hybrid lipids as a biological surfaceactive component,
Biophys J. 97 (2009) 1087—1094.
[doi]
Other select publications:

O. A. Saleh, D. B. McIntosh, P. A. Pincus, and N. Ribeck,
Nonlinear lowforce elasticity of singlestranded DNA molecules,
Phys. Rev. Lett. 102 (2008) 068301.
[doi]

D. W. Hone and P. A. Pincus,
A lattice model of hydrophobic interactions,
Europhys Lett. 76 952—958.
[doi]

N. Dan, A. Berman, P. A. Pincus, and S. A. Safran,
Membraneinduced interactions between inclusions,
J. Physique II 4 (1994) 1713—1725.
[doi]

M. Goulian, R. Bruinsma, and P. A. Pincus,
Longrange forces in heterogeneous fluid membranes,
Europhys. Lett. 22 (1993) 145—150.
[doi]

P. A. Pincus, Colloid stabilization with grafted polyelectrolytes,
Macromolecules 24 (1991) 2912—2919.
[doi]

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]

P. A. Pincus, G. Rossi, and M. E. Cates,
Conformons: Selflocalized electrons in soluble conjugated polymers,
Europhys. Lett. 4 (1987) 41—46.
[doi]

T. A. Witten and P. A. Pincus,
Colloid stabilization by long grafted polymers,
Macromolecules 19 (1986) 2509—2513.
[doi]

P. A. Pincus,
Dynamics of fluctuations and spinodal decomposition in polymer blends. II,
J. Chem. Phys. 75 (1981) 1996—2000.
[doi]

P. Pincus and P. G. DeGennes,
Transverse acoustic waves in semidilute polymer solutions,
J. Chimie Physique 74 (1977) 516.
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P. A. Pincus, Excluded volume effects and stretched polymerchains,
Macromolecules 9 (1976) 386—388.
[doi]

P. G. DeGennes, P. A. Pincus, R. M. Velasco, and F. Brochard,
Remarks on polyelectrolyte conformation,
J. Physique 37 (1976) 1461—1473.
[doi]

D. J. Scalapino, Y. Imry, and P. A. Pincus,
Generalized GinzburgLandau theory of pseudoonedimensional systems,
Phys. Rev. B. 11 (1975) 2042—2048.
[doi]

P. A. Pincus, P. Chaikin, and C. F. Coll,
Correlated pairs in attractive Hubbard model,
Solid State Commun. 12 (1973) 1265—1268.
[doi]

T. Holstein, R. E. Norton, and P. A. Pincus,
DeHaas–vanAlphen effect and specificheat of an electrongas,
Phys. Rev. B. 8 (1973) 2649—2656.
[doi]

G. Beni, T. Holstein, and P. A. Pincus,
Strongcoupling Hubbard chain,
Phys. Rev. B. 8 (1973) 312—316.
[doi]

P. A. Pincus,
Polaron effects in the nearly atomic limit of the Hubbard model,
Solid State Commun. 11 (1972) 51—54.
[doi]

P. A. Pincus, Instability of the uniform antiferromagnetic chain,
Solid State Commun. 9 (1971) 1971—1973.
[doi]

P. G. DeGennes and P. A. Pincus,
Pair correlations in a ferromagnetic colloid,
Physik der Kondensierten Materie 11 (1970) 189.
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P. A. Pincus, Nuclear relaxation in a nematic liquid crystal,
Solid State Commun. 7 (1969) 415—417.
[doi]

P. A. Pincus,
Magneticfieldinduced surface states in a pure typeI superconductor,
Phys. Rev. 158 (1967) 346—353.
[doi]

P. G. de Gennes, P. A. Pincus, F. HartmannBoutron, and J. M. Winter,
Nuclear magnetic resonance modes in magnetic material. I. Theory,
Phys. Rev. 129 (1963) 1105—1115.
[doi]
