Gary W. Slater
Gary W. Slater
Full Professor

STM 417
(613) 562-5800 ext. 6775

Department of Physics


Dr. Slater is studying the dynamics of polymers using statistical physics and computer simulations. A large part of his work concerns the development and optimization of new methods to analyze biological macromolecules such as DNA and proteins. With his group, he also studies the dynamics of polymers and macromolecules in porous systems or in systems with geometric constraints, including micro- and nano- fluidic devices.

Selected publications

  • M. V. Chubynsky, G.W. Slater (2014) Diffusing diffusivity: A model for anomalous and anomalous yet Brownian diffusion. Physical Review Letters 113, 098302: 1-5.
  • Maxime Ignacio, Mykyta V. Chubynsky, Gary W. Slater (2017) Interpreting the Weibull Fitting Parameters for Diffusion-Controlled Release Data. Physica A 486, 486-496.
  • Hanyang Wang, Hendrick W. de Haan, Gary W. Slater (2020) Electrophoretic ratcheting of spherical particles in well/channel microfluidic devices: making particles move against the net field. Electrophoresis 41, 621-629.
  • Le Qiao, Gary W. Slater (2020) Capture of rod-like molecules by a nanopore: defining an "orientational capture radius". J. Chem. Phys. 152, 144902: 1-6.
  • M. Bagheri, G. W. Slater (2020) Diffusion in an array of immobile anisotropic obstacles: The influence of local orientation, bottlenecks, and free volume in absence of dead-ends. Physica A 539, 122924

Research interests

  • Theoretical Biophysics
  • Polymer physics
  • Computer simulations
  • Polymer dynamics
  • Micro- and Nano- fluidics
  • Electrophoresis
  • Anomalous diffusion
  • Drug delivery systems
  • Biofilms