Gavin A. Buxton
Associate Professor of Physics (Science)
412-397-4033 phone (M)
412-397-4075 fax
John Jay 211

My Website

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Computational Physics, Sheffield Hallam University, 2001
  • Master of Science, Engineering Physics, Sheffield Hallam University, 1998

Professional Background

  • 2001 - 2004. Post Doctoral Research Associate, Chemical Engineering Department, University of Pittsburgh.
  • 2004 - 2007. Post Doctoral Research Associate, Chemistry Department, Durham University (UK).
  • 2007 - 2009. Visiting Assistant Professor, Physics Department, Case Western Reserve University.

Area of Expertise/Research

  • My research involves using computers to solve complex physical problems. I write computer programs which mimic real experimental and natural systems. These computer simulations not only allow us to see what might happen if we make changes to a system, but also reveals insights that might otherwise be experimentally unobservable. For example, my simulations of polymer nanoparticles allow us to view drug diffusion from within a structure ten thousand times smaller than the thickness of a human hair - something which would be experimentally impractical.


  • For a list of my publications go to

    and my textbook is at 

Schedule of Courses
Schedule Book for All Active and Available Future Terms, Gavin

Spring 2016
  • BIOL4903-B
  • -APPTMBuxton1 (01/11-04/30/16)19 Seats
  • ENGR1023-A
  • -APPTMBuxton1 (01/11-04/30/16)0 Seats
  • HNRS4911-K
  • -APPTMBuxton1 (01/11-04/30/16)1 Seats
  • PHYS1010-A
  • 04:40-05:55 PMM WMBuxton1 (01/11-04/30/16)17 Seats
  • PHYS1210-B
  • 11:45-12:35 PMM W FMBuxton1 (01/11-04/30/16)0 Seats
  • PHYS1210-A
  • 10:45-11:35 AMM W FMBuxton1 (01/11-04/30/16)0 Seats
  • PHYS1210-D
  • 01:45-02:35 PMM W FMBuxton1 (01/11-04/30/16)-1 Seats
  • PHYS1215-G
  • 06:00-08:30 PMMMBuxton1 (01/11-04/30/16)1 Seats