Elena G Strekalova
Department of Civil and
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02142
I am a Postdoctoral Associate at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
My research interests focus on understanding the physical properties of disordered mesoporous materials, such as cement, using density functional theory calculations.
I received my Doctor of Philosophy in Physics from Boston University, my Master of Arts in Physics from Boston University, and my Master of Science in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
As a member of H. Eugene Stanley's group, I also focus on
understanding the anomalous behavior of liquid water in bulk, nanoconfined, and biological environments.
Water is the most common substance on Earth, it is a mysterious and complex liquid which displays more than
60 anomalies! I use a 2D coarse-grained model and 3D spherically symmetric potentials with two length scales to investigate the anomalous behavior
of water, including liquid polymorphism. I have become proficient in numerical analysis, tessellation analysis, Monte-Carlo simulations of square
lattice models, and Discrete Molecular Dynamics simulations of spherically symmetric ramp potentials.