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Scott W. Sides

Computational Materials Scientist

Scientist Scott Sides
(303) 275-4122
At NREL Since: 

Dr. Scott Sides is a computational physicist with a wide range of simulation experience that includes using classical molecular dynamics and numerical self-consistent field theory to study polymer structure and dynamics. Dr. Sides graduated in 1998, and his studies included using kinetic Ising models to measure the lifetimes of metastable states in static fields and the time-dependent response in sinusoidal fields. In his postdoctoral research at Sandia National Laboratories he worked with Dr. Gary Grest studying adhesion in dense polymer melts and using molecular dynamics to validate PRISM theory and scattering data for PDMS. In 2001 he went to work for the University of California at Santa Barbara for Prof. Glenn Fredrickson, where he helped develop numerical self-consistent field theory (SCFT) methods for studying block copolymer phase segregation behavior. From there he moved to Boulder, CO, in 2004 to work for Tech-X Research. At Tech-X, Dr. Sides worked on a range of projects related to high performance computing including developing the parallel, object-oriented framework PolySwift++, which uses SCFT for simulating complex block copolymer mixtures and nanocomposites.

Research Interests 

  • Using SCFT methods to study nanostructured photovoltaics
  • Mesoscale behavior of complex nanocomposite mixtures
  • Combining high-performance EM and SCFT copolymer simulations to study novel photonic structures
  • Crystallization in dense conjugated polymer melts


  • 1998 Ph.D. Condensed Matter Physics – Florida State University

  • 1992 B.S. Physics – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Selected Publications 

  1. Kumar, R.; Sides, S.; Goswami, M.; Sumpter, B.; Hong, K.; Wu, X.; Russell, T.; Gido, S.; Misichronis, K.; Rangou, S.; Avgeropoulos, A.; Tsoukatos, T.; Hadjichristidis, N.; Beyer, F.; Mays, J. (2013). "Morphologies of ABC tri-block terpolymer melts containing poly(cyclohexadiene) : effects of conformational asymmetry." Langmuir (29:6); pp. 1995-2006.
  2. Zhang, J.; Sides, S.W.; Bates, F.S. (2012). "Ordering of Sphere Forming SISO Tetrablock Terpolymers on a Simple Hexagonal Lattice." Macromolecules (45:1); p. 256265.
  3. Sides, S.W.; Kim, B.J.; Kramer, E.J.; Fredrickson, G.H. (2006). "Hybrid Particle-Field Simulations of Polymer Nanocomposites." Phys. Rev. Lett. (96); p. 250601.
  4. Barrat, J.; Fredrickson, G.H.; Sides, S.W. (2004). "Introducing Variable Cell Shape Methods In Field Theory Simulations of Polymers." J. Phys. Chem. B (121:10); pp. 4974-4986.
  5. Wu, Y.; Cheng, G.; Katsov, K.; Sides, S.W.; Wang, J.; Tang, J.; Fredrickson, G.H.; Moskovits, M.; Stucky, G.D. (2004). "Confined Silica-Surfactant Composite Mesostructures." Nature Materials (3); p. 816.
  6. Sides, S.W.; Fredrickson, G.H. (2004). "Continuous polydispersity in a self-consistent field theory for diblock copolymers." J. Chem. Phys. (121:10); pp. 4974-4986.
  7. Sides, S.W.; Fredrickson, G.H. (2003). "Parallel algorithm for numerical self-consistent field theory simulations of block copolymer structure." Polymer (44); pp. 5859-5866.
  8. Sides, S.W.; Curro, J.; Grest, G.S.; Stevens, M.S.; Soddemann, T.; Habenschuss, A.; Londono, J.D. (2002). "Structure of Poly(dimethylsiloxane) Melts: Theory, Simulation, and Experiment." Macromolecules (35); pp. 6455-6465.
  9. Sides, S.W.; Rikvold, P.A.; Novotny, M.A. (1998). "Kinetic Ising model in an oscillating field: Finite-size scaling at the dynamic phase transition." Phys. Rev. Lett. (81); pp. 834-837.