Introduction

Authors

  • Gustavo A. Carri


It has been a true honor for me to serve as a Guest Editor for this Special Issue of The Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics. This experience has provided me with invaluable knowledge and has helped me grow as a scientist and member of the Polymer Physics community. I thank the editors and publisher for this opportunity. When Dr. Sanat Kumar invited me to serve as a Guest Editor a few years ago, I thought about what new topics I would like have in this Special Issue, who to invite and how to organize it. Thankfully, Polymer Physics has become a very active and very broad field of research nowadays with ramifications in many other scientific fields. Thus, in this issue, I have tried to capture some modern aspects of Polymer Physics. One of the objectives of this Special Issue is to identify new concepts and problems in Polymer Physics or problems in other areas of science where our knowledge of Polymer Physics can make a significant contribution. In this part, the reader will find new research directions and also speculations that deserve our attention. I have also reserved a section for novel computational methodologies, that is, analytical theory and computer simulations, that can be used to address novel or long-standing, still unresolved problems. This part of the issue includes novel algorithms and numerical methods, and their application to address a particular problem in Polymer Physics. The last area is the one of review articles where the advances in many very interesting topics are clearly presented.

Fifty-one scientists were invited to contribute articles for this Special Issue. Twenty accepted the invitation and nineteen submitted manuscripts. I thank all of them for their help with this issue. I also thank all the referees for spending their invaluable time reviewing the manuscripts. Finally, but not least, I thank Hope Inman for helping me organize this issue.

Biographical Information

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Gustavo A. Carri

Gustavo A. Carri is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Polymer Science at The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. He received his License in Physics from the National University of La Plata (Argentina) in 1993, his M.Sc. in Macromolecular Science from Case Western Reserve University in 1995, and his Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2000. He joined The University of Akron in 2000.

Prof. Carri's previous working and teaching experience consist of the following: 2006-present, Associate Professor of Polymer Science, Department of Polymer Science, The University of Akron; 2000–2006, Assistant Professor of Polymer Science, Department of Polymer Science, The University of Akron; Visiting Professorships: Visiting Scientist, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico, June–July 2003; Visiting Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratories, Los Alamos, New Mexico, July 2004.

Prof. Carri has received the following honors and awards during his career: 2006 Outstanding Teacher Award, Office of the Alumni Association, The University of Akron; 2002 CAREER Award, The National Science Foundation; 1998 GenCorp Foundation Signature University Award; 1996 Santos Go Award.

The current research interests of Prof. Carri are in (1) Molecular modeling of polymers with secondary structure, (2) Computer simulations of proteins in bio-preserving solvents, and (3) Biopolymer networks.

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