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Mikko Karttunen


Mikko KarttunenNanotechnology

Room:  QNC 4623

Extension:  31390


Website:  Mikko Karttunen


Mikko Karttunen uses theory and computation to study the dynamics and fundamental physical mechanisms in soft matter and biological systems, and their interaction with inorganic materials such as carbon nanotubes and minerals. On the methodological side, typical computational methods include large scale molecular dynamics and ab initio simulations, phase field modelling, finite elements, systematic coarse-graining and free energy methods.

He received his MSc from Tampere University of Technology (Finland) and completed his PhD in 1999 at the Department of Physics at McGill University. Prior to joining Department of Chemistry at Waterloo, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario, a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research and an Academy of Finland Research Fellow at Helsinki University of Technology. He has also been a visiting professor at Fudan University (China), University of Santiago (Chile) and University of Hokkaido in Sapporo.


  • Theory and computational modelling of soft matter and biological systems
  • Multiscale modelling and computational methods
  • Lipid bilayers and proteins
  • Cytoskeletal networks
  • Nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes and their transport properties and interactions with biological systems
  • Electrokinetics
  • Biomineralization

Recent publications

  • J.Y Xie, G.H. Ding, M. Karttunen, Molecular dynamics simulations of lipid membranes under tension: Rupture and dynamic response, BBA Biomembranes 1838, 994-1002 (2014).
  • C. Sagui, A.G. Cisneros, M. Karttunen, P. Ren, Classical Electrostatics for Biomolecular Simulations, Chem. Rev. 114, 779-814 (2014).
  • Y. Choi, S.J. Attwood, M.I. Hoopes, E. Drolle, M. Karttunen, Z. Leonenko, Effect of Melatonin and Cholesterol on Structure and Compressibility of DPPC Monolayers, Soft Matter 10, 206-213 (2014).
  • E. Cino, W.-Y. Choy, M. Karttunen, Conformational biases of linear motifs, J. Phys. Chem. B 117, 15943-15957 (2013).
  • J.T. Titantah & M. Karttunen, Water dynamics: Relation between hydrogen bond bifurcations, molecular jumps, local density & hydrophobicity, Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing) 3, 2992 (2013).
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