Nick is interested in optoelectronically active soft matter via the combination of quantum-level treatments of molecular detail and mesoscale modeling of soft materials. His graduate work concentrated on how electrons and excitations move through soft matter networks, while his current research focuses on the development and application of coarse-grained models for polyelectrolytes.
Nick was born and raised in Encinitas, CA. He obtained his BA in Physics from Wesleyan University in 2011 studying semi-classical vortex drag in superfluid Helium II under the advisement of Professor Fred Ellis. Nick joined the groups of Prof. Mark Ratner and Prof. Lin Chen at Northwestern University, where he received his PhD in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry in 2016.