Dr. Tree started at BYU in 2017 and is interested in a number of problems in soft matter and complex fluids, with an emphasis in problems with a novel theoretical or computational component. He is currently working on projects related to polymer crystallization, multi-phase flow in polymer solutions and melts, two-dimensional soft materials and the active self-assembly of polymersomes.
Prior to starting at BYU, Dr. Tree did his doctoral work with Kevin Dorfman in the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science department at the University of Minnesota, where he used Monte Carlo and Brownian Dynamics simulations of DNA to study questions in both fundamental polymer physics and genomic mapping technologies. Following his PhD, he moved to the Materials Research Laboratory at the University of California, Santa Barbara with Glenn Fredrickson. In Santa Barbara he created a simulation framework for studying the evolution of the microstructure of polymeric materials and used this software to study polymer membranes made by phase inversion techniques.