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Amalie L. Frischknecht

Amalie Frischknecht

Phone (505) 284-8585


  • CINT
  • Prediction: theory, modeling and computational techniques


Molecular simulation and theory of soft matter, with a focus on polymers


Ph.D., Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1998

B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Pomona College,1992


Professional Appointments

Principal Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories 10/2006 – present

Senior Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories 5/2003 – 10/2006

Postdoctoral Appointee, Sandia National Laboratories 10/2000 – 5/2003


Professional Societies

Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Polymer Physics, 2018

Vice-Chair, Division of Polymer Physics (DPOLY), American Physical Society, 2018-2019

Member, AIChE Institute Awards Committee, 2015-2018

Member-at-Large, Executive Committee of the Division of Polymer Physics, American Physical Society, 2013-2015

Member: APS, ACS, AIChE



Employee Recognition Award, Sandia National Laboratories (2013)

Fellow of the American Physical Society (2012)

UC President's Dissertation Year Fellowship (1997-1998)

UCSB Doctoral Scholar Fellowship (1996-1997)

NSF Fellowship (1992-1995)



Complete List of Publications: Google Scholar

Selected Publications:

J. P. Koski and A. L. Frischknecht, "Fluctuation Effects on the Brush Structure of Mixed Brush Nanoparticles in Solution," ACS Nano 12, 1664 (2018).

L. J. Abbott and A. L. Frischknecht, "Nanoscale Structure and Morphology of Sulfonated Polyphenylenes via Atomistic Simulations," Macromolecules 50, 1184 (2017).

L. R. Middleton, J. D. Tarver, J. Cordaro, M. Tyagi, C. L. Soles, A. L. Frischknecht, and K. I. Winey, "Heterogeneous Chain Dynamics and Aggregate Lifetimes in Precise Acid-Containing Polyethylenes: Experiment and Simulations," Macromolecules 49, 9176-9185 (2016) [featured on front cover].

K. M. Salerno, A. L. Frischknecht, and M. J. Stevens, "Charged nanoparticle attraction in multivalent salt solution: A classical-fluids density functional theory and molecular dynamics study," J. Phys. Chem. B 120, 5927-5937 (2016). 

C. L. Ting, R. J. Composto, and A. L. Frischknecht, "Orientational control of polymer grafted nanorods," Macromolecules 49, 1111-1119 (2016).

C. K. Simocko, A. L. Frischknecht, and D. L. Huber, “Phase behavior of ternary polymer brushes,” ACS Macro Lett. 5, 149-153 (2016).

C. F. Buitrago, D. S. Bolintineanu, M. E. Seitz, K. L. Opper, K. B. Wagener, M. J. Stevens, A. L. Frischknecht, and K. I. Winey, “Direct comparisons of X-ray scattering and atomistic molecular dynamics simulations for precise acid copolymers and ionomers,” Macromolecules 48, 1210 (2015).

C. L. Ting, M. J. Stevens, and A. L. Frischknecht, "Structure and dynamics of coarse-grained ionomer melts in an external electric field," Macromolecules 48, 809 (2015).

A. L. Frischknecht, M. J. A. Hore, J. Ford, and R. J. Composto, "Dispersion of Polymer-Grafted Nanorods in Homopolymer Films: Theory and Experiment," Macromolecules 46, 2856 (2013).

D. S. Bolintineanu, M. J. Stevens, and A. L. Frischknecht, "Atomistic simulations predict a surprising variety of morphologies in precise ionomers," ACS Macro Lett 2, 206 (2013).