Talks by Bin Liu

Binary Mergers in Tertiary-induced Channel

Bin Liu University of Waterloo

The detections of gravitational waves (GWs) from merging binary black holes (BHs) have motivated many studies on the dynamical formation of such compact black hole binaries (BHBs). Recent works have suggested that tertiary-induced merger via Lidov–Kozai (LK) oscillations may play a significant role in producing the BHBs detected by the LIGO/VIRGO collaboration. I will talk about the dynamics of merging compact binaries near a rotating supermassive black hole (SMBH) in a hierarchical triple configuration, including various general relativistic (GR) effects.

Molecular dynamics studies of Langmuir monolayers of cationic/PC lipids

Bin Liu University of Waterloo
Our research focuses on computer simulations of cationic and Phosphatidylcholine (PC) containing lipid monolayers and their potential applications in drug and gene delivery. The ultimate motivation is to unravel how cationic compounds such as CTAB function for encapsulating novel DNA based drugs and other drugs e.g. protein based drugs into a delivery system. The major advantage of these drugs over traditional chemical agents is their specificity and selectivity.We employed the Berger lipid model to model lipid molecules.