Scott Shell

shell [at] engineering [dot] ucsb [dot] edu
(805) 893-4346
Department of Chemical Engineering
Engineering II Bldg., Office 3321
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5080


The research group of Professor Shell uses molecular simulation and theory to understand multiscale, hierarchical interactions in complex soft-matter systems, including peptides, proteins, water and aqueous solutions, electrolyte solutions, and hard particle systems. In particular, his group develops general methods for understanding self-assembly behavior, and is designing new approaches for linking simulations and theories across multiple length and time scales in fundamental, rigorous ways. These efforts are used to understand (1) folding and design principles in proteins; (2) peptide structure, association, self-assembly, and aggregation; and (3) the role of water and the hydrophobic interactions in driving self-assembly processes; (4) the physics of nanobubbles; (5) the thermodynamics of electric double layers; and (6) shape-dictated assembly in hard particle systems.

Professor Shell is a Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at UC Santa Barbara, having joined the university in 2007. His group develops novel molecular simulation, multiscale modeling, and statistical thermodynamic approaches to address a variety problems in contemporary biophysics and soft condensed matter. Prof. Shell earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon in 2000 and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton in 2005, followed by two years of postdoctoral work at UC San Francisco in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry. He is the recipient of a Dreyfus Foundation New Faculty Award (2007), an NSF CAREER Award (2009), a Hellman Family Faculty Fellowship (2010), a Northrop-Grumman Teaching Award (2011), and a Sloan Research Fellowship (2012).