Antonia Statt

Antonia Statt
Antonia Statt
Assistant Professor
204A Materials Science & Eng Bld

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  • PhD, Physics, University of Mainz, Oct 2015
  • Diploma, Physics, University of Mainz, 2012

Academic Positions

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, April 2016 - November 2019
  • Affiliate Assistant Professor, Beckman Institute, April 2020 - present
  • Affiliate Assistant Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, January 2020 - present
  • Assistant Professor, Materials Research Lab, November 2019 - present
  • Assistant Professor, Materials Science & Engineering, November 2019 - present

Research Statement

Our lab’s research focuses on understanding fundamental phenomena in soft matter systems, motivated by challenges

in energy, environment, and technology. We are particularly interested in crystallization and aggregation of polymers

and colloidal systems, and non-equilibrium effects like flow or evaporation. Our work integrates empirical model

development, statistical mechanics, applications of machine learning techniques, and highly efficient GPU-accelerated


Graduate Research Opportunities

We are always looking for motivated, excited graduate students! If you are at UIUC, please send a short description of your research interests and background to us, and some times to meet. For graduate students at other institutions, you might be able to do an internship at our group if you have external funding or a fellowship, please send a brief description of your background and interests and the contact details of your primary research advisor. For applying to grad school at UIUC, please find all relevant information on our department webpage.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

If you are interested in joining the lab please send us an email, describing background, research interests, what you hope to get out of your research experience, and how much time you want to spend in the lab. You don’t need any previous research experience, just be motivated and curious to learn! International students may be able to join our lab if you have funding, either with an REU program or external fellowships.

Research Topics

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Statt A, Winkler A, Virnau P and Binder K (2012), "Controlling the wetting properties of the Asakura--Oosawa model and applications to spherical confinement", Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter. Vol. 24(46), pp. 464122. IOP Publishing.
  • Statt A, Winkler A, Virnau P and Binder K (2013), "Phase Separation of Colloid Polymer Mixtures Under Confinement", In High Performance Computing in Science and Engineering ‘13. , pp. 19-31. Springer, Cham.
  • Winkler A, Statt A, Virnau P and Binder K (2013), "Phase transitions and phase equilibria in spherical confinement", Physical Review E. Vol. 87(3), pp. 032307. APS.
  • Winkler A, Winter D, Chaudhuri P, Statt A, Virnau P, Horbach J and Binder K (2013), "Computer simulations of structure, dynamics, and phase behavior of colloidal fluids in confined geometry and under shear", The European Physical Journal Special Topics. Vol. 222(11), pp. 2787-2801. Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
  • Block B, Deb D, Schmitz F, Statt A, Tröster A, Winkler A, Zykova-Timan T, Virnau P and Binder K (2014), "Computer simulation of heterogeneous nucleation of colloidal crystals at planar walls", The European Physical Journal Special Topics. Vol. 223(3), pp. 347-361. Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
  • Binder K, Virnau P and Statt A (2014), "Perspective: The Asakura Oosawa model: A colloid prototype for bulk and interfacial phase behavior", The Journal of chemical physics. Vol. 141(14), pp. 559. American Institute of Physics.
  • Statt A, Virnau P and Binder K (2015), "Crystal nuclei in melts: A Monte Carlo simulation of a model for attractive colloids", Molecular Physics. Taylor & Francis.
  • Statt A, Virnau P and Binder K (2015), "Finite-size effects on liquid-solid phase coexistence and the estimation of crystal nucleation barriers", Physical review letters. Vol. 114(2), pp. 026101. American Physical Society.
  • Schmitz F, Statt A, Virnau P and Binder K (2015), "Investigation of Finite-Size Effects in the Determination of Interfacial Tensions", In High Performance Computing in Science and Engineering ‘14. , pp. 5-18. Springer, Cham.
  • Rios de Anda I, Statt A, Turci F and Royall CP (2015), "Low-density crystals in charged colloids: Comparison with Yukawa theory", Contributions to Plasma Physics.
  • Statt A, Koß P, Virnau P and Binder K (2016), "Estimation of Nucleation Barriers from Simulations of Crystal Nuclei Surrounded by Fluid in Equilibrium", In High Performance Computing in Science and Engineering’ 16. , pp. 49-59. Springer, Cham.
  • Statt A, Schmitz F, Virnau P and Binder K (2016), "Monte Carlo simulation of crystal-liquid phase coexistence", In High Performance Computing in Science and Engineering’ 15. , pp. 75-87. Springer, Cham.
  • Statt A, Pinchaipat R, Turci F, Evans R and Royall CP (2016), "Direct observation in 3d of structural crossover in binary hard sphere mixtures", The Journal of chemical physics. Vol. 144(14), pp. 144506. AIP Publishing LLC.
  • Koß P, Statt A, Virnau P and Binder K (2017), "Free-energy barriers for crystal nucleation from fluid phases", Physical Review E. Vol. 96(4), pp. 042609. American Physical Society.
  • Statt A, Howard MP and Panagiotopoulos AZ (2017), "Solvent quality influences surface structure of glassy polymer thin films after evaporation", The Journal of chemical physics. Vol. 147(18), pp. 184901. AIP Publishing LLC.
  • Howard MP, Statt A and Panagiotopoulos AZ (2017), "Note: Smooth torsional potentials for degenerate dihedral angles", The Journal of chemical physics. Vol. 146(22), pp. 226101. AIP Publishing LLC.
  • Koß P, Statt A, Virnau P and Binder K (2018), "The phase coexistence method to obtain surface free energies and nucleation barriers: A brief review", Molecular Physics. Vol. 116(21-22), pp. 2977-2986. Taylor & Francis.
  • Stalter S, Yelash L, Emamy N, Statt A, Hanke M, Lukáčová-Medvid’ová M and Virnau P (2018), "Molecular dynamics simulations in hybrid particle-continuum schemes: Pitfalls and caveats", Computer Physics Communications. Vol. 224, pp. 198-208. North-Holland.
  • Statt A, Howard MP and Panagiotopoulos AZ (2018), "Influence of hydrodynamic interactions on stratification in drying mixtures", The Journal of Chemical Physics. Vol. 149(2)
  • Moghimi E, Chubak I, Statt A, Howard MP, Founta D, Polymeropoulos G, Ntetsikas K, Hadjichristidis N, Panagiotopoulos AZ, Likos CN and others (2019), "Self-Organization and Flow of Low-Functionality Telechelic Star Polymers with Varying Attraction", ACS Macro Letters. Vol. 8(7), pp. 766-772. American Chemical Society.
  • Statt A, Howard MP and Panagiotopoulos AZ (2019), "Unexpected secondary flows in reverse nonequilibrium shear flow simulations", Physical Review Fluids. Vol. 4(4), pp. 043905. American Physical Society.
  • Howard MP, Statt A, Madutsa F, Truskett TM and Panagiotopoulos AZ (2019), "Quantized bounding volume hierarchies for neighbor search in molecular simulations on graphics processing units", Computational Materials Science. Vol. 164, pp. 139-146. Elsevier.
  • Statt A, Casademunt H, Brangwynne, CP, Panagiotopoulos AZ (2020), "Model for disordered proteins with strongly sequence-dependent liquid phase behavior", The Journal of Chemical Physics 152 (7), 075101
  • Michael P. Howard, Antonia Statt, Howard A. Stone, and Thomas M. Truskett "Stability of force-driven shear flows in nonequilibrium molecular simulations with periodic boundaries" J. Chem. Phys. 152, 214113 (2020)
  • Unsupervised learning of sequence-specific aggregation behavior for a model copolymer A. Statt, DC Kleeblatt, WF Reinhart Soft Matter 17 (33), 7697-7707, 2021
  • Opportunities and Challenges for Inverse Design of Nanostructures with Sequence Defined Macromolecules WF Reinhart, A. Statt, Accounts of Materials Research 2 (9), 697-700, 2021

Recent Courses Taught

  • MSE 458 (CHEM 482) - Polymer Physics
  • MSE 480 (CHEM 488) - Surfaces and Colloids
  • MSE 485 (CSE 485, PHYS 466) - Atomic Scale Simulations
  • MSE 595 - Materials Colloquium