Assistant Professor Zhuang Bilin received her Bachelor of Arts in 2009 from Wellesley College, a women’s liberal arts college in the United States, with double majors in physics and chemistry. Her undergraduate thesis on frustrated Ising systems was awarded the prestigious LeRoy Apker Award from the American Physical Society. She then worked as a research engineer at the Data Storage Institute, Singapore, between 2009 and 2010. Thereafter, she moved to the California Institute of Technology and received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemistry in 2016.
Her graduate research involved developing statistical field theories for liquid mixtures under both equilibrium and non-equilibrium conditions, which provided solutions to several long-standing challenges in the field of physical chemistry theory. Upon her graduation, she has been a scientist at the Department of Materials Science and Chemistry in the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC). Asst Prof Zhuang was a recipient of the A*STAR National Science Scholarship (BS-PhD), the SERC Career Development Award, and the A*STAR AME Young Individual Research Grant. She joined Yale-NUS College in January 2020 and continues to hold a joint appointment at IHPC.
Asst Prof Zhuang’s research focuses on understanding the complex structural and dynamic properties of soft matter systems, through both analytical theories and numerical simulations. She is particularly interested in harnessing the power of physical insights and mathematical tools to develop efficient predictive theories and simulation strategies for soft matter without relying on intensive computational resources.
Her recent projects include:
(1) Development of adaptive hybrid schemes for simulations of chemical systems in solution phase
(2) Solubility prediction with theory-embedded machine learning
(3) Uncovering the order in the hydrogen bond network in liquid water
* co-corresponding authors
‡ undergraduate/high-school student authors
B. Zhuang*, G. Ramanauskaite‡, Z. Y. Koa‡, and Z.-G. Wang*, Like dissolves like: a first-principles theory for predicting liquid miscibility and mixture dielectric constant, Science Advances, 7, eabe7275 (2021).
M. Li†, B. Zhuang†, Y. Lu, L. An, and Z.-G. Wang, Salt-Induced Liquid-Liquid Phase Separation: Combined Experimental and Theoretical Investigation of Water-Acetonitrile-Salt Mixtures, Journal of American Chemical Society, 143, 773–784 (2021). (†co-first authors)
D. S. Brites†, B. Zhuang†*, M. L. Debasu, D. Ding, X. Qin, F. E. Maturi, W. W. Y. Lim‡, D. W. Soh, J. Rocha, Z. Yi, X. Liu* and L. D. Carlos*, Decoding a percolation phase transition of water at ~330 K with a nanoparticle ruler, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 11, 4704 (2020) (†co-first authors).
M. Li, B. Zhuang*, and J. Yu*, Functional zwitterionic polymers on surface: structures and applications, Chemistry: An Asian Journal, 15, 1 (2020).
S. Chen, M. Yang, B. Liu, M. Xu, T. Zhang, B. Zhuang, D. Ding, X. Huai, and H. Zhang, Enhanced thermal conductance at the graphene–water interface based on functionalized alkane chains, RSC Advances, 9, 4563 (2019).
B. Zhuang and Z.-G. Wang, Statistical field theory for polar fluids, Journal of Chemical Physics, 149, 124108 (2018).
M. Li, B. Zhuang, L. An, Y. Lu, Z.-G. Wang, and L. An, Accurate determination of ion polarizabilities in aqueous solutions, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 121, 6416 (2017).
B. Zhuang and Z.-G. Wang, Molecularly-based theory for electron-transfer reorganization energy in solvent mixtures, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 120, 6373 (2016).
B. Zhuang and Z.-G. Wang, A Molecularly based theory for electron transfer reorganization energy, Journal of Chemical Physics, 143, 224502 (2015).
N. An†, B. Zhuang†, M. Li, Y. Lu, and Z.-G. Wang, Combined theoretical and experimental study of refractive indices of water-acetonitrile-salt systems, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 119, 10701 (2015). (†co-first authors)
B. Zhuang and Z.-G. Wang, Anomalous concentration effects on phase behavior and nematic order in mixtures of side-chain liquid crystal polymers and low-molecular-weight liquid crystal, Macromolecules, 45, 6220, (2012).
B. Zhuang and C. Lannert, Small-network approximations for geometrically frustrated Ising systems, Physical Review E, 85, 031107 (2012).
R. Sbiaa, Z. Bilin, M. Ranjba, H. K. Tan, S. J. Wong, S.N. Piramanayagam, T. C. Chong, Effect of magnetostatic energy on domain structure and magnetization reversal in (Co/Pd) multilayers, Journal of Applied Physics, 107, 103901 (2010).
J. Heller, H. Elgabarty, B. Zhuang, D. Sebastiani, D. Hinderberger, Solvation of small disulfonate anions in water/methanol mixtures characterized by high-field pulse electron nuclear double resonance and MD simulations, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 114, 7429 (2010).
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