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Fred Lado

Professor Emeritus

Riddick Hall 442



Professor Lado received his PhD degree in 1964 from the University of Florida with a dissertation on liquid state theory directed by Professor Arthur A. Broyles. After some additional postdoctoral work with Professor Broyles’ group in Gainesville, in 1965 he joined the pioneering research group of William W. Wood at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, which was developing large-scale Monte Carlo simulations of liquids made possible by the excellent computer facilities at LASL. He joined the faculty of North Carolina State University as Assistant Professor in 1968.

Research Description

At NCSU he continued work in the theory of liquids, but shifted focus from large numerical simulations to the semi-analytic alternative of nonlinear integral equations. These have the advantage of greatly reduced computing needs, obtained however at the cost of some approximation. He developed a particular approximation known as the Reference-Hypernetted Chain (RHNC) equation, which currently affords one of the more exact routes to liquid state properties from the analytic (i.e., nonsimulation) side. In general, his work shows particular concern with novel numerical analysis techniques, including numerical Hankel transforms for systems in two dimensions and speciallydesigned orthogonal polynomials for nonuniform fluids in external fields. During his years at NCSU he taught a wide selection of the courses offered by the Physics Department to both graduates and undergraduates.


Complete list of publications

Honors and Awards

  • His 1964 doctoral dissertation won the Sigma Xi Research Award at the University of Florida. At NCSU he was selected for an Outstanding Teacher Award and recognized by the D.H. Hill Library for an “NC State Citation Classic.” He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad de Santiago, Spain, and a Visiting Scientist at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, and the Instituto de Química Física Rocasolano in Madrid, Spain.

Selected Publications

From square-well to Janus: Improved algorithm for integral equation theory and comparison with thermodynamic perturbation theory within the Kern-Frenkel model
A. Giacometti, C. Gögelein, F. Lado, F. Sciortino, S. Ferrari, and G. Pastore.
J. Chem. Phys., 140., (2014), p. 094104, doi:10.1063/1.4866899

Effects of patch size and number within a simple model of patchy colloids
A. Giacometti, F. Lado, J. Largo, G. Pastore, and F. Sciortino.
J. Chem. Phys., 132., (2010), p. 174110. (Chosen for Journal of Chemical Physics Editor's Choice 2010.), doi:10.1063/1.3415490

Phase diagram and structural properties of a simple model for one-patch particles,
A. Giacometti, F. Lado, J. Largo, G. Pastore, and F. Sciortino.
J. Chem. Phys., 131., (2009), p. 174114, doi:10.1063/1.3256002

An efficient procedure for the study of inhomogeneous liquids,
F. Lado.
Mol. Phys., 107., (2009), p. 301, doi:10.1080/00268970802603531

Liquid-vapor coexistence in square-well fluids: An RHNC study,
A. Giacometti, G. Pastore, and F. Lado
Mol. Phys., 107., (2009), p. 555, doi:10.1080/00268970902889642

Integral equation procedure based on tailored orthogonal functions for the XY spin fluid in an external field,
F. Lado. and E. Lomba
Phys. Rev. E, 76., (2007), p. 041502, doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.76.041502

Structure and thermodynamics of a two-dimensional Coulomb fluid in the strong association regime,
E. Lomba, J.J. Weis, and F. Lado.
J. Chem. Phys., 127., (2007), p. 074501, doi:10.1063/1.2764478

Phase behavior of a hard sphere Maier-Saupe nematogenic system in three dimensions
E. Lomba, C. Martín, N.G. Almarza , and F. Lado,.
Phys. Rev. E, 74., (2006), p. 021503, doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.74.021503

Integral equation and simulation studies of a planar nematogenic liquid in crossed external fields,
F. Lado, E. Lomba, C. Martín, and N.G. Almarza.
J. Phys.: Condens. Matter, 17., (2005), p. 2801 (Chosen for inclusion in IoP Select for 2005), doi:10.1016/S0167-7322(03)00275-7

Simulation study of the phase behavior of a planar Maier-Saupe nematogenic liquid,
E. Lomba, C. Martín, N.G. Almarza, and F. Lado.
Phys. Rev. E, 71., (2005), p. 046132, doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.71.046132

Percolation of clusters with a residence time in the bond definition: Integral equation theory,
G.J. Zarragoicoechea, L.A. Pugnaloni, F. Lado, E. Lomba, and F. Vericat.
Phys. Rev. E, 71., (2005), p. 031202, doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.71.031202