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May 2002, Dr. rer.nat. (Ph.D. Physics), Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf (Germany)
Dec. 1998, Dipl.-Phys. (M.S. Physics), Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf (Germany)
Biography / Academic Interests
Before Dr. Jusufi joined the Chemistry department as faculty he held various postdoctoral positions:
• University of Pennsylvania/Temple University (Chemistry), Dec. 2008 – Aug. 2011
• Princeton University (Chemical and Biological Engineering), June 2006 – Nov. 2008
• University of Bayreuth, Germany (Chemistry), Jan. 2004–May 2006
Beside his academic appointments, Professor Jusufi gained experience with industrial research projects through internships, and consultancy agreements, e.g. with Schlumberger Cambridge Research, UK (June 2001 – Dec. 2003).
Dr. Jusufi’s research involves the development and application of molecular modeling tools applied on soft nanomaterials and biological systems. He develops models for Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo methods in conjunction with theoretical approaches to study complex fluids on the atomistic/molecular scale. Massive parallel computations combined with efficient models and methodologies enable predictions of complex fluid behavior on the macroscopic level. Examples include:
• Interaction of nanoparticles with lipid membranes
• Polymer brushes of various geometries
• Self-assembly phenomena of surfactants and lipid molecules
• Aggregate formation of amphiphilic polymers
The applications range from nanoscale surface patterning to the usage and potential cytotoxic risk of nanoparticles in targeted drug delivery and biomedical cell imaging.
Scholarship / Publications
Selected publications (out of over 30 peer-reviewed articles):
1. A. Jusufi, S. Sanders, M.L. Klein, A.Z. Panagiotopoulos, “Implicit solvent models for micellization: nonionic surfactants and temperature dependent properties”, J. Phys. Chem. B 115, 990 (2011).
2. A. Jusufi, R.H. DeVane, W. Shinoda, M.L. Klein, “Nanoscale carbon particles and the stability of lipid bilayers”, Soft Matter 7, 1139 (2011).
3. A. Jusufi, C.N. Likos, “Star-branched polyelectrolytes: The physics of their conformations and interactions”, Rev. Mod. Phys. 81, 1753 (2009).
4. A. Jusufi, A.-P. Hynninen, A.Z. Panagiotopoulos, “Implicit-solvent model for micellization of ionic surfactants”, J. Phys. Chem. B 112, 13783 (2008).
5. C. Schneider, A. Jusufi, R. Farina, P. Pincus, M.V. Tirrell, M. Ballauff, “Micro-surface potential measurements: Weak repulsive forces between colloidal particles”, Langmuir, Letters 24, 10612 (2008).
6. Y. Mei, K. Lauterbach, M. Hoffmann, O.V. Borisov, M. Ballauff, A. Jusufi, “Collapse of spherical polyelectrolyte brushes in the presence of multivalent counterions”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 158301 (2006).
7. A. Jusufi, C.N. Likos, H. Löwen, “Conformations and interactions of star-branched polyelectrolytes”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 018301 (2002).