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Jonathan Selinger

  • Professor of Chemical Physics and Ohio Eminent Scholar
  • Kent State University
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Jonathan Selinger is Professor of Chemical Physics and Ohio Eminent Scholar at Kent State's Liquid Crystal Institute. His research focuses on the theory of liquid crystals, nanoparticle suspensions, and related topics in soft materials, and seeks to make connections between fundamental statistical mechanics and technological applications. Selinger studied physics at Harvard University, receiving his A.B. in 1983 and Ph.D. in 1989. He then did postdoctoral research in Los Angeles, with positions at the UCLA Department of Physics and Caltech Department of Chemical Engineering. In 1992 he moved to the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, where he worked as a Research Physicist in the Center for Bio/Molecular Science and Engineering. In 2005 he came to his current position at Kent State. In addition to these research and teaching positions, he has also served as Associate Editor of Physical Review E, responsible for the liquid-crystal section of the journal.


Physical Review E

Associate Editor

2003 - 2009(6 years)

Recent publications

  • Electric field-induced crossover from 3D to 2D topological defects in a nematic liquid crystal: experimental verification

    • Ferris A
    • Afghah S
    • Selinger R
    • et al.
  • Interpretation of saddle-splay and the Oseen-Frank free energy in liquid crystals

    • Selinger J

Professional experience

Professor of Chemical Physics and Ohio Eminent Scholar

Kent State University

July 2005 - Present

Research Physicist

Naval Research Laboratory

August 1992 - June 2005(13 years)

Visiting Research Associate

California Institute of Technology

August 1991 - July 1992(a year)

Assistant Research Physicist and Adjunct Assistant Professor

University of California, Los Angeles

August 1989 - July 1992(3 years)



Harvard University

July 1985 - August 1989(4 years)


Harvard University

September 1983 - June 1985(2 years)


Harvard University

September 1979 - June 1983(4 years)


Co-authors (128)