Dr. Kaustubh Rane

Age: 27

Area of research:

Interfacial science, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, molecular simulations

Name of my University / Research Institute: University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Research period at the TU Darmstadt:

From October 2014 to July 2016

Questionnaire to the Research Fellow

My field of research is fascinating. To laymen I would explain it in the following comprehensible manner:

Interesting phenomena occur when a solid meets liquid or when a liquid meets gas. We use computers to study the regions where such “meeting” happens. It is impractical to experimentally observe how molecules move in real time, at least with the existing technology. Therefore, computers are used to predict their motions.

My most important success in research to date is:

I consider myself fortunate to have access to, and be able to contribute to human knowledge. In that sense, I am fascinated by every bit of knowledge-including the data, figures or numbers-that I and my colleagues have generated till this day.

I’ve chosen the TU Darmstadt because…

matching research interests with Prof. Dr. Nico van der Vegt’s research group.

Prof. Dr. Nico van der Vegt (left) with Kaustubh Rane.
Prof. Dr. Nico van der Vegt (left) with Kaustubh Rane.

If I were a student today, I would I would take courses related to the Philosophy of Science, Symbolic logic and music theory.

The perfect balance to a stressful working day is is reading interesting articles (philosophy, art or science) while listening to interesting music.

With the help of my host in Darmstadt I would like to study the scientific topic for which the fellowship was granted. In technical language, we want to study how capillary waves affect interfacial solvation processes and how ion-pairing affects solid-liquid interfacial properties.

Questionnaire for the host

Guest of: Prof. Dr. Nico van der Vegt

Department: Department of Chemistry

You appreciate in your guest / your guest favourably impressed you by his open mind and ability to turn a swift idea into an outstanding research plan.

You, your team and the TU Darmstadt benefit from your guest’s…

appreciation for outstanding scientific questions.

Prof. Dr. Nico van der Vegt.
Prof. Dr. Nico van der Vegt.