Avi Chaimovich

Aviel Chaimovich

Assistant Teaching Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering

Aviel Chaimovich

Assistant Teaching Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering


I am an Assistant Teaching Professor at the College of Engineering at Drexel University in Philadelphia.  I am a Chemical Engineer by education, having received my B.Eng. at McGill University and my Ph.D. at the University of California. Before joining my current department, I notably worked at two separate Max Planck Institutes through the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Academically, I specialize in computational algorithms for modeling liquid systems. Combining mathematical principles with artificial intelligence, I focus on designing nano-technologies for purposes of water treatment. Besides, I am a dual Israeli-American citizen.

Degrees / Education

  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2013
  • BEng, Chemical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, 2007

Research Interests

Molecular Simulations, Multiscale Optimization, Aqueous Solutions, Biomimetic Assembly

Areas of Study

Academic Distinctions

  • Alexander von Humboldt Guest Scientist, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, 2018-2019
  • Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, 2014-2016

Select Publications

  • Aviel Chaimovich, Christian Leitold, Christoph Dellago. "The generic unfolding of a biomimetic polymer during force spectroscopy" Soft Matter 16, 3941-3951 (2020). 
  • Aviel Chaimovich, Kurt Kremer, Christine Peter. "Relative resolution: A multipole approximation at appropriate distances" Physical Review Research 1, 023034 (2019).
  • Aviel Chaimovich, Christine Peter, Kurt Kremer. "Relative resolution: A hybrid formalism for fluid mixtures" The Journal of Chemical Physics 143, 243107 (2015).
  • Aviel Chaimovich, M. Scott Shell. "Tetrahedrality and structural order for hydrophobic interactions in a coarse-grained water model" Physical Review E 89, 022140 (2014).
  • Aviel Chaimovich, M. Scott Shell. "Length-scale crossover of the hydrophobic interaction in a coarse-grained water model" Physical Review E 88, 052313 (2013).
  • Malte U. Hammer, Travers H. Anderson, Aviel Chaimovich, M. Scott Shell, Jacob Israelachvili. "The search for the hydrophobic force law" Faraday Discussions 146, 299-308 (2010).