Brian B. Laird
Brian B. Laird is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Kansas (KU), where he currently serves as Department Chair. He received Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics from the University of Texas, Austin in 1982 and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1987. Prior to his current position, he held postdoctoral and lecturer appointments at Columbia University, Forschungszentrum Jülich (NATO Fellowship), the University of Utah and the University of Wisconsin. His research interests involve the application of statistical mechanics and molecular simulation to the determination of materials properties. Specific areas of research include investigations into the structure, dynamics, and thermodynamics of solid-liquid interfaces, liquids, and amorphous materials; the development of advanced algorithms for molecular dynamics simulation; and the use of molecular modeling to aid in the design of novel media for separation and catalysis. For the latter application, he works closely with the KU Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis.