Irina Mazilu Professor of Physics

Irina Mazilu

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Ph.D. in Physics at Virginia Tech - Research interests include the statistical mechanics of non-equilibrium systems and Monte Carlo simulations of spin systems.

Currently focusing on interdisciplinary projects, such as the understanding of the nanoparticle self-assembly, behavior of molecular motors, traffic jams and driven interfaces.


Ph.D. in Physics - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
M.S. in Physics - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
B.S. in Physics - Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iasi, Romania


Non-equilibrium statistical physics using analytical methods and computer simulation techniques; interdisciplinary projects, such as the study of molecular motors, traffic jams, and nanoparticle self-assembly.


PHYS 111 - General Physics I
PHYS 112 - General Physics II
PHYS/ENGN 225 - Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering
PHYS/ENGN 255 - C++ for Physics and Engineering
PHYS 315 - Nuclear Physics
PHYS 345 - Statistical Physics

Selected Publications

I. Mazilu, D. A. Mazilu, R. E. Melkerson*, E. Hall-Mejia*, G. J. Beck*, S. Nshimyumukiza*, C. M. da Fonseca, “Class of cooperative stochastic models: exact and approximate solutions, simulations, and experiments using ionic self-assembly of nanoparticles”, Physical Review E 93, 032803 (2016)

Carlos M. da Fonseca, Said Kouachi, Dan A. Mazilu, Irina Mazilu – A Multi-Temperature Kinetic Ising Model and the Eigenvalues of some Perturbed Jacobi Matrices, Applied Mathematics and Computation, Volume 259, Pages 205-211, 15 May 2015.

Eric Schwen*, Irina Mazilu, Dan Mazilu – A Two-State Stochastic Model for Nanoparticle Self-Assembly: Theory, Computer Simulations and Applications, European Journal of Physics, Volume 36, Number 2, 025003, 29 December 2014.

L. Jonathan Cook, D. A. Mazilu, I. Mazilu, B. M. Simpson*, E. M. Schwen*, V. O. Kim*, and A. M. Seredinski* – Cooperative Sequential-Adsorption Model in Two Dimensions with Experimental Applications for Ionic Self-Assembly of Nanoparticles, Physical Review E 89, 062411, 30 June 2014.

C. M. da Fonseca, D. Mazilu, I. Mazilu, H.T. Williams, “The Eigenpairs of a Sylvester–Kac Type Matrix Associated with a Simple Model for One-Dimensional Deposition and Evaporation”, Applied Mathematics Letters, Volume 26, issue 12, (2013) 1206-1211.

D. A. Mazilu, I. Mazilu, A. M. Seredinski*, V. O. Kim*, B. M. Simpson*, and W. E. Banks*, "Cooperative sequential adsorption models on a Cayley tree: analytical results and applications", Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment, 1742-5468, P09002 (2012).

D. A. Mazilu, G. Zamora*, I. Mazilu, "From complex to simple: interdisciplinary stochastic models", European Journal of Physics 33, pp. 793-803 (2012).

I. Mazilu, D. A. Mazilu, H. T. Williams, "Applications of tridiagonal matrices in non-equilibrium statistical physics", Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra, Volume 24, pp. 7-17 (2012).

H. T. Williams, I. Mazilu, D. A. Mazilu, "Stochastic epidemic-type model with enhanced connectivity: exact solution", Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment, 1742-5468, P01017 (2012).

I. Mazilu and H.T. Williams, "Exact energy spectrum of a two temperature kinetic Ising model", Phys. Rev. E 80, 061109 (2009).

I. Mazilu, G. Zamora*, J. Gonzalez*, "A stochastic model for microtubule length dynamics", Physics A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Volume 389, Issue 3, pp. 419-427 (2009).

I. Mazilu and H. T. Williams, "Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics: a solvable model", American Journal of Physics, Volume 77, Issue 5, pp. 458-467 (2009).

Mazilu I. and Schmittmann B., "High Temperature Expansion for a Driven Bilayer System", Journal of Statistical Physics, Vol. 113 (3/4), pp. 505-525 (2003).

* denotes W&L student co-author