Rubinstein, Prof. Michael

Michael Rubinstein received B.S. with honors in physics from Caltech in 1979, M.A. in 1980, and Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University in 1983 specializing in soft condensed matter theory in the group of D. R. Nelson. Between 1983 and 1985 Michael Rubinstein was a post-doctoral fellow with E. Helfand at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ where he started his research in polymer physics. In 1985 Michael Rubinstein joined Research Laboratories of Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, NY where he worked for 10 years in different areas of polymer theory. In 1987 he received C.E.K. Mees Award “In Recognition of Excellence in Scientific Research and Reporting”. In 1994 he was Juliot Curie Visiting Professor at Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles in Paris. In 1995 Michael Rubinstein started his academic career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in 2018 he moved to Duke where he is currently on the faculty of Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering, Physics, and Chemistry. In 1998 he was Visiting Professor at College de France. In 2001 Michael Rubinstein was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. From 2001 through 2004 he was an Associate Editor of Macromolecules. In 2003 he published a textbook “Polymer Physics” with R. H. Colby. In 2004 Michael Rubinstein was a co-chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Macromolecular, Colloidal and Polyelectrolyte Solutions. In 2008-2009 he was a Chair of the Division of Polymer Physics of the American Physical Society. In 2010 Michael Rubinstein received the Polymer Physics Prize of the American Physical Society. In 2013-2017 Rubinstein served as the Chair of the Editorial Board of Soft Matter. In 2017 he founded and became a Chair of IUPAP Soft Matter Working Group. Rubinstein was awarded Bingham Medal of the Society of Rheology in 2018. Rubinstein’s research interests are in the area of soft condensed matter physics with an emphasis on polymer physics. His main scientific contributions include theories of polymer entanglements, dynamics of reversible networks, and models of charged polymers. His recent scientific interests are in applications of polymer physics to biological systems, such as airway surface layer of a lung and development of molecular models of polymer gels and networks including those with self-healing properties.