Murugappan Muthukumar


Wilmer D. Barrett Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering

Department of Polymer Science and Engineering
Room A212, Conte Research Center
University of Massachusetts
120 Governors Drive
Amherst, MA 01003

Phone: 413-577-1212; Fax: 413-545-0082
Email: muthu@polysci.umass.edu


Research Interests


My research group is engaged in understanding how macromolecules, both biological and synthetic, assume their sizes and shapes, organize into assemblies, and move around in crowded environments. We employ a combination of theoretical, computational, and experimental techniques to uncover the underlying mechanisms of macromolecular phenomena in Physical Biology and Polymer Physics.

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Education


  • B.S. Chemistry, University of Madras, 1972
  • Ph.D. Chemical Physics, The University of Chicago, 1979

Honors and Awards


  • 1983-85 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow
  • 1986 Dillon Medal, American Physical Society
  • 1987 Fellow of American Physical Society
  • 1988 Maurice L. Huggin Memorial Award, Gordon Research
  • 1997 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, Chancellor's Medal, UMass
  • 1998 Ford High Polymer Physics Prize, American Physical Society
  • 1999 Miller Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2006 Humboldt Prize, Germany
  • 2007 Gutenberg Award, University of Mainz, Germany

Professional Experience


  • Wilmer D. Barrett Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering, UMass, 2000-Present
  • Professor, Polymer Science and Engineering Department, UMass, 1988-2000
  • Associate Professor, Polymer Science and Engineering Department, UMass, 1983-1988
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1980-1983
  • Research Associate, Cavendish Laboratory, Univ. of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, 1979-1981
  • Adjunct Professor of Physics, UMass, 1988-present
  • Adjunct Associate Editor (Soft Matter Physics) for Physical Review Letters, 1999-2007
  • Associate Editor for The Journal of Chemical Physics, present