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Marc A. Robert
Professor
Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
 
e-mail:mrobert@rice.edu
 
  • Diploma in physics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, 1975
  • Ph.D. thesis in physics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, 1980
 
Primary Department
   Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Rice Quantum Institute
  • Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology
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    Research Areas
     Nanotubes and nanoclusters, magnetism, ferroelectricity, surfaces and interfaces, disordered systems, polymers and colloids, DNA and proteins, quantum field theory
     
    Teaching Areas
     Thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, transport phenomena, fluid mechanics, applied mathematics, French for engineers
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    J.C. Araque, A.Z. Panagiotopoulos, M. Robert "Hybridization free-energy landscape of model oligonucleotides in solution." PNAS (2008) In Revision

     
     

    J.C. Araque, A.Z. Panagiotopoulos, M. Robert "On the two-state nature of DNA oligonucleotides hybridization in solution." Biophysics JournalSubmitted

     
     

    M. Foeth, P. Stadelmann, M. Robert "Temperature dependence of the structure and energy of domain walls in a first-order ferroelectric." Physica A, 373 (2007) : 439-444.

     
     

    T.T.M. Vo, Y.-D. Wu, R. Car, and M. Robert "Structures, interactions, and ferromagnetism of Fe-carbon nanotube systems." Journal of Physical Chemistry (2007) In Revision

     
     

    C.-Y. Chou, B. Eng, B. Payandeh, and M. Robert "Microstructure of quasi one-dimensional colloid-polymer systems." Journal of Chemical PhysicsSubmitted

     
     

    C.-Y. Chou, B. Eng, L. Hall, B. Payandeh, and M. Robert "Diffusion in quasi one-dimensional colloid-polymer systems." Molecular PhysicsSubmitted

     
     

    C.-Y. Chou, T.T.M. Vo, A. Panagiotopoulos, and M. Robert "Computer simulations of phase transitions of bulk and confined colloid-polymer systems." Journal of Chemical PhysicsSubmitted

     
     

    T.-C. Lee, C.-Y. Chou, S. Abel, D.R. Pilaski, and M. Robert "Correlations of confined colloidal particles in aqueous polymer solutions." Physical ReviewIn Revision

     
     

    T.T.M. Vo, Y. Wu, R. Car, and M. Robert "Ferromagnetism of carbon nanotubes filled with Fe atoms." Physical ReviewIn Revision

     
     

    C.-Y. Chou, T.T.M. Vo, Robert, M. "Wall effects on phase equilibria and correlation functions of confined colloid-polymer systems." PhysicaIn Revision

     
     

    J.-T. Lee, D. R. Pilaski, C.-Y. Chou, T.T.M. Vo, Robert, M. "Diffusion in two-dimensional colloid-DNA systems." Physica, A329 (2003) : 431-435.

     
     

    J.-T. Lee, T.-C. Lee, D.R. Pilaski, Robert, M. "Phase equilibria of bulk and confined colloid-polymer systems." Physica, A329 (2003) : 411-430.

     
     

    T.-C. Lee, C.-Y. Chou, S. Abel, D. R. Pilaski, Robert, M. "Correlations of confined colloidal particles in aqueous polymer solutions." Physical Review EIn Revision

     
     

    T.-C. Lee, T.T.M. Vo, B. Payandeh, Robert, M. "Phase transitions of magnetic nanoclusters in metals and semiconductors." Physica, A329 (2003) : 401-410.

     
     

    T.T.M. Vo, L.-J. Chen, Robert, M. "Short-range order in linear systems." J. Chem. Phys., 119 (2003) : 5607-5613.

     
     

    Hongzhou Zhang, M. A. Robert, T. A. Rabson "Effect of domain nucleation on switching of ferroelectric thin films." Integrated Ferroelectrics, 44 (2002) : 125-134.

     
     

    J-T. Lee, D. R. Pilaski, G. Chao, M. A. Robert "Two-dimensional diffusion of colloidal particles in polymer solutions." PhysicaIn Press

     
     

    J.-T. Lee, T.-C. Lee, M. A. Robert "Phase equilibria of bulk and confined colloid particles in aqueous polymer solutions." In Revision

     
     

    Xuguang Wang, Jie Zhu, Hongzhou Zhang, Tai-Chou Lee, Trinh Vo, T. A. Rabson, M. A. Robert "Processing and characterization of LiNbO3 thin films for metal ferroelectric semiconductor field effect transistor (MFSFET) application." , 40 (2001) : 171-180.

     
     Other
     

    T. -C. Lee, T.T.M. Vo, M. A. Robert "Phase transitions of magnetic nanocluster lattices in metallic and semiconducting media." PhysicaIn Press

     
     

    T.-C. Lee, C.-Y. Chou, S. Abel, D. R. Pilaski, M. A. Robert "Correlations of confined colloidal particles in aqueous polymer solutions." PhysicaIn Press

     
     

    B.-H. Chen, B. Payandeh and M. Robert "Turbidity and critical behavior of a colloid-polymer system." Physical Review E, 64 (2001) : 042401-1.

     
     

    C.-Y. Chen, M. Robert "Friedel Oscillations in Luttinger Liquids." Physical Review B

     
     

    D. Pilaski, T.-C. Lee, T. Vo, M. Robert "Diffusion in Linear and Circular DNA Systems." Physical Review E

     
     

    J.-T. Lee, G. Chao, D. Pilaski, M. Robert "Two-dimensional Diffusion of Colloidal Particles in Polymer Solutions." Physica A

     
     

    J.-T. Lee, T.-C. Lee, D.R. Pilaski, M. Robert "Phase Transitions in Colloid-Polymer Systems." Physical Review E

     
     

    M. Foeth, P. Stadelmann, M. Robert "Temperature Dependence of the Structure and Energy of Domain Walls in a First-Order Ferroelectric." Physical Review B

     
     

    S. Wang, J.-T. Lee, T.-C. Lee, T. A. Rabson, M. Robert "SAW Activity in Lithium Niobate Thin Films on Diamond/Silicon Substrates." Applied Physics Letters

     
     

    T. T. M. Vo, T.-C. Lee, B. Payandeh, M. Robert "Magnetic Coupling of Carbon Nanotubes." Physical Review Letters

     
     

    T.-C. Lee, B. Payandeh, M. Robert "Indirect Exchange in Magnetically Doped Carbon Nanotubes." Physical Review B

     
     

    T.-C. Lee, T. T. M. Vo, B. Payandeh, M. Robert "Long-Range Order of Assemblies of Magnetic Clusters." Physical Review Letters

     
     

    X. Wang, J. Zhu, H. Zhang, T.-C. Lee, T. Vo, T. A. Rabson, M. Robert "LiNbO3 Thin Film Polarization Switching Analysis." Integrated Ferroelectrics (2001)

     
     

    B.H. Chen, B. Payandeh, M. Robert "Critical Turbidity and Long-Range Order of a Colloid-Polymer System." Physical Review E (accepted)

     
     

    B.H. Chen, B. Payandeh, M. Robert "Order Parameter and Interfacial Tension of a Colloid-Polymer System." Physical Review E, 62 (2000) : 2369-2373.

     
     

    J.-T. Lee, Q. Su, T.A. Rabson, M. Robert "Low-Temperature Deposition of (110)-Oriented Barium Titanate Thin Films and their Electrical Properties." Integrated Ferroelectrics, 24 (1999) : 75-84.

     
     

    J.T. Lee, G. Chao, D. Pilaski, M. Robert "Two-Dimensional Diffusion of Colloidal Particles in Polymer Solutions." Physical Review E (accepted)

     
     

    J.T. Lee, T.C. Lee, D.R. Pilaski, M. Robert "Phase Transitions of Colloid-Polymer Systems." Physical Review E (submitted)

     
     

    S. Wang, J.T. Lee, T.C. Lee, T.A. Rabson, M. Robert "SAW Activity of Lithium Niobate Thin Films on Diamond/Silicon Substrates." Applied Physics Letters (accepted)

     
     

    S. Wang, T.A. Rabson, Q. Su, M. Robert "Deposition of LiNbO3 Thin Films on Diamond/Si(100) Substrates for High-Frequency Surface Acoustic Wave Filter Applications." Integrated Ferroelectrics, 25 (1999) : 37-46.

     
     

    S. Wang, T.A. Rabson, Q. Su, M. Robert "Theory and Experiment of High-Frequency Surface Acoustic Wave Propagation Using LiNbO3 Thin Films on Diamond/Silicon Substrates." Integrated Ferroelectrics, 27 (1999) : 377.

     
     

    Bing-Hung Chen, B. Payandeh, and M. Robert "Turbidity and Long-Ranged Order of a Colloid-Polymer System." Physical Review E

     
     

    J.-T. Lee, Q. Su, T. A. Rabson, and M. Robert "Low-Temperature Growth of (101) Barium Titanate Thin Films on Silicon (111) Substrates by RF Magnetron Sputtering." Integrated Ferroelectrics

     
     

    Jiun-Ting Lee and M. Robert "Phase Transitions of Colloid-Polymer Systems in Two Dimensions." Physical Review E, 60 (1999) : 7198-7203.

     
     

    Jiun-Ting Lee, Ginger Chao, Dana R. Pilaski, and M. Robert "Two-Dimensional Diffusion of Colloids in Polymer Solutions." Physical Review E

     
     

    M. Foeth, P. Stadelmann, and M. Robert "Structure and Energy of Domain Walls in a First-Order Ferroelectric." Physical Review Letters

     
     

    S. Wang, T. A. Rabson, Q. Su, and M. Robert "Growth and Characterization of Lithium Niobate Thin Films on Diamond/Si(100) Substrates." MRS Symposium Proceedings on Ferroelectric Thin Films, 541 (1999) : 717-722.

     
     

    T. A. Rabson, S. Wang, Q. Su, and M. Robert "Deposition of Lithium Niobate Thin Films on Diamond/Silicon Substrates for High-Frequency Surface Acoustic Wave Applications." Integrated Ferroelectrics

     
    Presentations
     Invited Talks
     

    "Random walk in condensed matter." University of Zanjan, Zanjan (Iran). (August 2003)

     
     

    "Criticial interfacial tension of grafted colloid-polymer solutions." Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne. (July 2002) With B.-H. Lee, B. Payandeh

     
     

    "Long-range order in confined colloid-systems." University of Rennes, France. (January 2002) With J.-T. Lee

     
     

    "Microstructure of colloid-polymer phases." Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. (July 2002) With T.-C. Lee

     
     

    "Phase transitions in two-dimensional colloid-polymer systems.." University of Geneva, Switzerland, (June 2002) With C-Y. Chou, T.-C Lee

     
     Lectures
     

    "Interaction of Fe atoms with single-wall carbon nanotubes." American Institute of chemical engineering, San Francisco. (November 2003) With T.T.M. Vo, Y. Wu, R. Car

     
     

    "Monte Carlo simulations of phase behavior of bulk and confined colloid-polymer systems." American Institute of chemical engineering, San Francisco. (November 2003) With C.-Y. Chou, T.T.M. Vo, A. Panagiotopoulos

     
     

    "Phase transitions of colloid-polymer systems." American physical society, Austin. (April 2003) With C.-Y. Chou, T.T.M. Vo, A. Panagiotopoulos

     
     

    "Short-range order in linear systems." American physical society, Austin. (April 2003) With T.T.M. Vo, L.-J. Chen

     
     

    "Correlations of confined colloid-polymer systems." American Institute of chemical engineers, Indianapolis. (November 2002) With C.-Y. Chou, S. Abel, T.-C. Lee

     
     

    "Interactions and correlations in confined colloid-polymer systems." Annual Rice Quantum Institute Summer Research, Rice University. (August 2002) With C.-Y. Chou, S. Abel, T.-C. Lee

     
     

    "Magnetic carbon nanotubes." American Institute of chemical engineers, Indianapolis. (November 2002) With T. Vo, T.-C. Lee, B. Payandeh

     
     

    "Short-range order in linear systems." American Institute of chemical engineers, Indianapolis. (November 2002) With T. Vo, L.-J. Chen

     
     Other
     

    "Diffusion in Two-Dimensional Colloid-Polymer Systems." Annual APS March Meeting, Seattle. (March 2001) With D. R. Pilaski, C.-Y. Chou, T.-C. Lee, T.T.M. Vo, M. Robert

     
     

    "Diffusion of Lambda-DNA in Confined Aqueous Solutions." AIChE Annual Meeting, Reno. (November 2001) With M. Robert, C.-Y. Chou, D R. Pilaski, T.-C. Lee, T. T. M. Vo.

     
     

    "Long-Range Order of Magnetic Nanoclusters in Metals and Semiconductors." AIChE Annual Meeting, Reno. (November 2001) With T.-C. Lee, T. T. M. Vo, B. Payandeh, M. Robert

     
     

    "Magnetic Carbon Nanotubes." Annual APS March Meeting, Seattle. (March 2001) With T.T.M. Vo, T.-C. Lee, B. Payandeh, M. Robert

     
     

    "Magnetic Carbon Nanotubes." Sixth Applied Diamond/Second Frontier Carbon Technology Joint Conference, Auburn. (August 2001) With T. T. M. Vo, T.-C. Lee, B. Payandeh, M. Robert

     
     

    "Magnetic Carbon Nanotubes." AIChE Annual Meeting, Reno. (November 2001) With T. T. M. Vo, T.-C. Lee, M. Robert

     
     

    "Phase Transitions of Assemblies of Magnetic Nanoclusters." Annual APS March Meeting, Seattle. (March 2001) With T.-C. Lee, T.T.M. Vo, B. Payandeh, M. Robert

     
     

    "Structure and transport properties of confined colloid-polymer systems." Annual ACS Conference on Colloids and Surfaces, Pittsburgh. (June 2001) With C.-Y. Chou, T.-C. Lee, D. Pilaski,T. T. M. Vo, M. Robert

     
     

    "Two-Dimensional Diffusion of Colloidal Particles in DNA Solutions." AIChE Annual Meeting, Reno. (November 2001) With C.-Y. Chou, D. R. Pilaski, T.-C. Lee, T. T. M. Vo, M. Robert

     
     

    "Critical Interfacial Tension of a Complex System." APS Meeting, College Station. (March) With B.H. Chen, B. Payandeh, M. Robert

     
     

    "Diffusion in Two-Dimensional Complex Systems." Cornell University, (April)

     
     

    "Ferromagnetism of Magnetic Nanoclusters and of Doped Semiconducting Nanotubes." APS Meeting, Houston. (October) With T.C. Lee, T. Vo, B. Payandeh, M. Robert

     
     

    "Interaction and Long-Range Order of Magnetic Nanoclusters and of Doped Metallic Carbon Nanotubes." APS Meeting, Houston. (October) With T. Vo, T.C. Lee, B. Payandeh, M. Robert

     
     

    "Lithium Niobate Thin Film Ferroelectric Gate Field Effect Transistor." APS Meeting, Houston. (October) With J. Zhu, T. Vo, X. Wang, H. Zhang, T.C. Lee, T.A. Rabson, M. Robert

     
     

    "Lithium Niobate Thin Film Polarization Switching Analysis." APS Meeting, Houston. (October) With X. Wang, H. Zhang, T.C. Lee, T. Vo, T.A. Rabson, M. Robert

     
     

    "Phases of Two-Dimensional Complex Systems by Videomicroscopy." APS Meeting, College Station. (March) With T.C. Lee, J.T. Lee, K. Little, D.R. Pilaski, M. Robert

     
     

    "Theory of Switching in Polycrystalline Ferroelectric Thin Films." APS Meeting, Houston. (October) With H. Zhang, X. Wang, T.C. Lee, J. Zhu, T. Vo, T.A. Rabson, M. Robert

     
     

    "Theory of the Phase Transitions of a Colloid-Polymer Model in Two Dimensions." APS Meeting, College Station. (March) With J.T. Lee, M. Robert

     
     

    "Thermodynamics of Ferroelectric Domain Walls near Phase Transitions." Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne. (May)

     
     

    "Thin Film Lithium Niobate on Diamond-Coated Silicon Substrates for Surface Acoustic Wave Applications." APS Meeting, Houston. (October) With T.C. Lee, J.T. Lee, S. Wang, T.A. Rabson, M. Robert

     
     

    "Two-Dimensional Diffusion in Complex Systems." APS Meeting, College Station. (March) With G. Chao, J.T. Lee, D.R. Pilaski, M. Robert

     
     

    "Two-Dimensional Diffusion of Colloidal Particles in DNA." APS Meeting, Houston. (October) With D.R. Pilaski, T.C. Lee, T. Vo, M. Robert

     
     

    "Critical Behavior of Interfacial Tension of Colloid-Polymer Systems." AICHE Annual Meeting, Dallas. (November 1999) With B.-H. Chen and B. Payandeh

     
     

    "Critical Interfacial Tension and its Renormalized Exponent for a Colloid-Polymer System." 2nd International Symposium on Complex Systems, Persangy (France). (July 1999) With B.-H. Chen, B. Payandeh, and M. Robert

     
     

    "Deposition of Lithium Niobate Thin Films on Diamond/Silicon Substrates for High-Frequency Surface Acoustic Wave Applications." International Symposium on Integrated Ferroelectrics, Colorado Springs. (March 1999) With T. A. Rabson, S. Wang, Q. Su, and M. Robert

     
     

    "Low-Temperature Growth of (101) Barium Titanate thin Films on Silicon (111)Substrates by RF Magnetron Sputtering." International Symposium on Integrated Ferroelectrics, Colorado Springs. (March 1999) With J.-T. Lee, Q. Su, T.A. Rabson, and M. Robert

     
     

    "Phase Separation and Transport in Two-Dimensional Colloid-Polymer Systems." AICHE Annual Meeting, Dallas. (November 1999) With J.-T. Lee, G. Chao, D. Pilaski, and M. Robert

     
     

    "Phase Transitions of Colloid-Polymer Systems in Two Dimensions." AICHE Annual Meeting, Dallas. (November 1999) With J.-T. Lee and M. Robert

     
     

    "Phasenubergange in Kolloid-Polymere Systeme." University of Goettingen. (July 1999) With B.-H. Chen and B. Payandeh

     
     

    "Thin Film Lithium Niobate on (111)-Oriented Diamond/Si Substrates for Surface Acoustic Wave Applications." 1999 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, Lake Tahoe. (October 1999)

     
     

    "Turbidity and Correlation Length of a Colloid-Polymer System." 2nd International Symposium on Complex Systems, Persangy (France). (July 1999) With B.-H. Chen, B. Payandeh, and M. Robert

     
     

    "Critical Points of Magnetic Clusters." Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne. (July 1998)

     
     

    "Low-Temperature Growth of <110> - Oriented BaTiO3 Thin Films on Silicon (111) Substrates." Materials Research Society, National Meeting, Boston. (November 1998)

     
     

    "Phase Transitions of Colloidal Systems." Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. (June 1998)

     
     Posters
     

    "Interactions of Fe atoms with carbon nanotubes." Nanotechnology Summit, Houston. (July 2003) With T.T.M. Vo, Y. Wu, R. Car

     
     

    "Short-range order in linear systems." American Institute of chemical engineering, San Francisco. (November 2003) With T.T.M. Vo, L.-J. Chen

     
     

    "Exact correlation functions in one-dimensional classical systems." 16th Annual Southwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference, Houston. (November 2002) With C.-Y. Chou, T.T.M. Vo, A.Z. Panagiotopoulos

     
     Seminar Speaker
     

    "Cooperativity mechanisms and hybridization free-energy landscapes of model oligonucleotides in solution." AIChE Annual National Meeting, Philadelphia. (November 2008) With J.C. Araque, A.Z. Panagiotopoulos, M. Robert

     
     

    "Hybridization of model oligonucleotides: cooperativity, stability and mechanisms." RQI, Rice University. (August 2008) With J.C. Araque, A.Z. Panagiotopoulos, M. Robert

     
     

    "Hybridization, pathways and mechanisms of model DNA oligonucleotides in solution." APS National Meeting, New Orleans. (March 2008) With J.C. Araque, A.Z. Panagiotopoulos, M. Robert

     
     

    "Scaling of polymer diffusivity in confined colloid-polymer systems." APS Annual National Meeting, New Orleans. (March 2008) With A. Amini, M.. Robert

     
     

    "Understanding the self-assembling mechanisms of model DNA-linked nanoparticles by Monte Carlo simulations." AIChE National Annual Meeting, Philadelphia. (November 2008) With J.C. Araque, A.Z. Panagiotopoulos, M. Robert

     
     

    "Understanding the structure and phase behavior of model DNA-linked nanoparticles by Monte Carlo simulations." APS National Meeting, New Orleans. (March 2008) With J.C. Araque, A.Z. Panagiotopoulos, M. Robert

     
    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Jie Zhu, Masters Processing and characterization of LiNbO3 thin films for ferroelectric nonvolatile memory applications. (2002) (Thesis Co-Director)

     Trinh Vo, PhD Theoretical and Computer Simulation Studies of Magnetic Carbon Nanotubes and of Three-Dimensional Colloid-Polymer Systems. (2004) (Thesis Director)

     Cheng-Ying Chou, PhD Phase Equilibria, Microstructure, and Transport Properties of Confined Colloid-Polymer Systems. (2004) (Thesis Director)

     Amir Amini, PhD Static and dynamic properties of colloid-polymer systems. (Thesis Director)

     Juan Carlos Araque, PhD DNA-nanoparticle assemblies. (Thesis Director)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     2008 Professor of the Year, Hanszen College Men's Resource Center (April 2008)

     Fundamental properties of fluids, magnetic and ferroelectric materials in two and three dimensions, Welch Foundation (2003-2005)

     Colloid-polymer systems: statics and dynamics, National Science Foundation (2003-2006)

     Colloid-polymer systems:statics and dynamics, NSF (National Science Foundation) (2003-2006)

     Fundamental properties of fluids, magnetic and ferroelectric materials in two and three dimensions, Welch Foundation (2002-2005)

     American Institute of Chemical Engineers, (Member)

     American Physical Society, (Member)

     American Physical Society,

     American Institute of Chemical Engineers,

     Swiss Physical Society,

     American Physical Society,

     No Title,

     American Institute of Chemical Engineers,