Robert M. Ziff

Professor of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering
Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, College of Engineering
Member, Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics Center for the Study of Complex Systems
(734) 764-5498

Professor Ziff carries out computational and theoretical studies of various physical problems, most notably percolation but also catalysis modeling and several reaction/diffusion systems.  For percolation, he has developed various algorithms that have allowed substantial increases in performance, for the study of threshold behavior, crossing probability, etc. He also studies algorithms for efficiently simulating rare-event simulations such as chemical reactions and diffusion-limited aggregation.

Included in his research history are research in the area of cryogenics (especially in liquid helium) at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and the study of statistical mechanics of gas and polymer systems while in the mechanical engineering and chemistry departments at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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Research Interests: 
Professor Ziff’s research focuses on statistical thermodynamics, percolation studies, catalysis modeling, energy studies, aggregation/fragmentation kinetics, random walks, and random numbers.