Department of Chemistry and the College
Suriyanarayanan Vaikuntanathan’s research centers around the development and use of tools of equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics to understand the behavior of complex systems. Specific research areas include statistical mechanics and design principles for self assembly far from equilibrium; principles of control and information processing and efficiency in biochemical signaling and adaptation networks and molecular motors; and studies of aqueous fluctuations in heterogeneous environments, with the goal of developing coarse grained models for efficient multiscale chemical and biophysical simulations.
Vaikuntanathan’s co-authored publications include “Dynamic Phase Transitions in Simple Driven Kinetic Networks,” in Physical Review E; “Putting Water on a Lattice: The Importance of Long Wavelength Density Fluctuations in Theories of Hydrophobic and Interfacial Phenomena,” in Physical Review Letters; and “Nonequilibrium Detailed Fluctuation Theorem for Repeated Discrete Feedback,” in Physical Review E.
He obtained a bachelor of technology degree in biotechnology from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and a PhD in chemical physics from the University of Maryland, College Park. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.
Vaikuntanathan joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2014.