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Seth Lichter

Professor of Mechanical Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech L493
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

(847) 467-1885Email Seth Lichter


Contact-Line Physics and Vorticity Dynamics


Mechanical Engineering

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Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, MIT, Cambridge, MA

M.S. Aerospace Engineering, MIT, Cambridge, MA

B.A. Engineering and Applied Physics, Harvard University, Cambirdge, MA

Research Interests

We study dynamics on the molecular scale.  Current projects look at transport through the narrowest nanotubes, in which molecules line up in a single fiel, and the role of water in protein-protein interactions.  We just started a study of dynamics on a larger scale, looking at how platelets--small cells circulating in the vascular system--are formed from their larger parent cell.  Though we make extensive use of computation, our emphasis is on developing simple analytical models and findng closed-form analytical approximate solutions.  We like taking very complicated problems, which may een be too large for numerical computation, and triming them down using novel mathematics and phsyical insight.

Significant Recognition

  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award
  • Clemens Herschel Prize for Excellence in Engineering

Selected Publications

  • Lichter, Seth; Yi, Taeil, “Reorientation of a dipolar monolayer and dipolar solvent”, Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, (2014)
  • Lichter, Seth; Sisan, Thomas B., “Solitons transport water through narrow carbon nanotubes”, Physical Review Letters, (2014)
  • Lichter, Seth; Martini, Ashlie; Yi, Taeil; Ramasamy, Uma Shantini, “Stability and Structure of Nanometer-Thin Perfluoropolyether Films Using Molecular Simulations”, Tribology Letters, (2014)
  • H. Hansen-Goos and S. Lichter, “Geometric models of protein secondary-structure folding”, J. Wiley and Slns, (2013)
  • Wang, Qian; Lichter, Seth; Yi, Taeil, “Conformations of a dipolar solute in a stockmayer solvent channel”, Langmuir, (2012)
  • S. Lichter, B. Rafferty, Z. Flohr and A. Martini, “Protein High-Force Pulling Simulations Yield Low-Force Results”, Plos One, (2012)
  • T. B. Sisan and S. Lichter, “The end of nanochannels”, Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, (2011)
  • A. Vadakkepatt, Y. Dong, S. Lichter and A. Martini, “Effect of molecular structure on liquid slip”, Physical Review E, (2011)