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Matthew Petersen

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Assistant Professor - Physics
Primary Phone: (208) 676-7143
Secondary Phone: (801) 573-0103

Division: Natural Sciences

Department: Physical Science (was Physics)

Location: Coeur d' Alene Campus
Building: Seiter Hall (STR)
Room: 304


B.S., University of Idaho, Chemistry

B.S., University of Idaho, Mathematics

Ph.D., University of Utah, Physical Chemistry


Dr. Matt K. Petersen's research career focused on computer modeling of all-atom and coarse grained simulations of condensed phase systems. His research has been conducted in several labs - The Henry Eyring Center for Theoretical Chemistry, The University of Utah Center for Biophysical Modeling, The Center for Integrated Nanotechnology at Sandia National Labs, and The Chicago Center for Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Chicago. In 2013 Matt retired from research and began teaching mathematics at North Idaho College. After several years of occasionally handling Physics overload, Matt moved to Physics full time in 2022.


Petersen, Matt K.; Kumar, R.; White, H.S.; Voth, G.A. A Computationally Efficient Treatment of Polarizable Electrochemical Cells Held at a Constant Potential. Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2012), 116(7), 4903-4912.

Petersen, Matt K.; Lane, J. Matthew D.; Grest, G.S. Shear Rheology of Extended Nanoparticles. Physical Review E (2010), 82(1), 010201

Heine, David R.; Petersen, Matt K,; Grest, G.S. Effect of Particle Shape and Charge on Bulk Rheology of Nanoparticle Suspensions. Journal of Chemical Physics (2010), 132(18), 184509.

Petersen, Matt K.; Lechman, J.B.; Plimpton, S.J.; Grest, G.S.; in’t Veld, P.; Schunk, P.R. Mesoscale Hydrodynamics via Stochastic Rotational Dynamics: Comparison with Lennard-Jones Fluid. Journal of Chemical Physics (2010), 132(17), 174106.

in 't Veld, Pieter; Petersen, M. K.; Grest, G.S. Shear Thinning of Nanoparticle Suspensions. Physical Review E (2009), 79(2), 021401.

Brown, W. M.; Petersen, M. K.; Plimpton, S. J.; Grest, G.S. Liquid Crystal Nanodroplets in Solution. Journal of Chemical Physics (2009), 130(4), 044901.

Petersen, Matt K.; Hatt, Alison J.; Voth, Gregory A. Orientational Dynamics of Water in the Nafion Polymer Electrolyte Membrane and Its Relationship to Proton Transport. Journal of Physical Chemistry B (2008), 112(26),7754-7761.

Swanson, Jessica M. J.; Maupin, C. Mark; Chen, Hanning; Petersen, Matt K.; Xu, Jiancong.; Wu, Yujie.; Voth, Gregory A. Proton Solvation and Transport in Aqueous and Biomolecular Systems: Insights from Computer Simulations. Journal of Physical Chemistry B (2007), 111(17), 4300-4314 (feature article).

Petersen, Matt K.; Voth, Gregory A. Characterization of the Solvation and Transport of the Hydrated Proton in the Perfluorosulfonic Acid Membrane Nafion. Journal of Physical Chemistry B (2006), 110(37), 18594-18600.

Petersen, Matt K.; Voth, Gregory A. Amphiphilic Character of the Hydrated Proton in Methanol-Water Solutions. Journal of Physical Chemistry B (2006), 110(14), 7085-7089.

Burnham, Christian J.; Petersen, Matt K.; Day, Tyler J. F.; Iyengar, Srinivasan S.; Voth, Gregory A. The properties of ion-water clusters. II. Solvation structures of Na+, Cl-, and H+ clusters as a function of temperature. Journal of Chemical Physics (2006), 124(2), 024327

Petersen, Matt K.; Wang, Feng; Blake, Nick P.; Metiu, Horia; Voth, Gregory A. Excess Proton Solvation and Delocalization in a Hydrophilic Pocket of the Proton Conducting Polymer Membrane Nafion. Journal of Physical Chemistry B (2005), 109(9), 3727-3730.

Lapid, Hadas; Agmon, Noam; Petersen, Matt K; Voth, Gregory A. A bond-order analysis of the mechanism for hydrated proton mobility in liquid water. Journal of Chemical Physics (2005), 122(1), 14506.

Iyengar, Srinivasan S; Petersen, Matt K; Day, Tyler J F; Burnham, Christian J; Teige, Virginia E; Voth, Gregory A. The properties of ion-water clusters. I. The protonated 21-water cluster. Journal of Chemical Physics (2005), 123(8), 084309.

Blake, Nick P.; Petersen, Matt K.; Voth, Gregory A.; Metiu, Horia. Structure of Hydrated Na-Nafion Polymer Membranes. Journal of Physical Chemistry B (2005), 109(51), 24244-24253.

Petersen, Matt K.; Iyengar, Srinivasan S.; Day, Tyler J. F.; Voth, Gregory A. The Hydrated Proton at the Water Liquid/Vapor Interface. Journal of Physical Chemistry B (2004), 108(39), 14804-14806.

Iyengar, Srinivasan S.; Burnham, Christian J.; Petersen, Matt K.; Voth, Gregory A. Modeling condensed-phase chemistry through molecular dynamics simulation. Computing in Science & Engineering (2003), 5(4), 31-35.