This collection includes faculty journal articles deposited per Rice's Open Access Policy (more information about the policy can be found at http://openaccess.rice.edu/) and additional faculty work. Items found in this collection can also be found in the authors' departmental faculty publication collections.

### Recent Submissions

• #### Shape Optimization of Shell Structure Acoustics ﻿

(2017)
This paper provides a rigorous framework for the numerical solution of shape optimization problems in shell structure acoustics using a reference-domain approach. The structure is modeled with Naghdi shell equations, fully ...

(2017)
• #### Magnetic forces enable controlled drug delivery by disrupting endothelial cell-cell junctions ﻿

(2017)
The vascular endothelium presents a major transport barrier to drug delivery by only allowing selective extravasation of solutes and small molecules. Therefore, enhancing drug transport across the endothelial barrier has ...
• #### Spatial mapping of translational diffusion coefficients using diffusion tensor imaging: A mathematical description ﻿

(2014)
In this article, we discuss the theoretical background for diffusion weighted imaging and diffusion tensor imaging. Molecular diffusion is a random process involving thermal Brownian motion. In biological tissues, the ...
• #### Tunable Surface Properties of Aluminum Oxide Nanoparticles from Highly Hydrophobic to Highly Hydrophilic ﻿

(2017)
The formation of materials with tunable wettability is important for applications ranging from antifouling to waterproofing surfaces. We report the use of various low-cost and nonhazardous hydrocarbon materials to tune the ...

(2014)

(2014)
• #### Evolutionary profiling reveals the heterogeneous origins of classes of human disease genes: implications for modeling disease genetics in animals ﻿

(2014)
Background: The recent expansion of whole-genome sequence data available from diverse animal lineages provides an opportunity to investigate the evolutionary origins of specific classes of human disease genes. Previous ...
• #### Deficiency in Perlecan/HSPG2 During Bone Development Enhances Osteogenesis and Decreases Quality of Adult Bone in Mice ﻿

(2014)
Perlecan/HSPG2 (Pln) is a large heparan sulfate proteoglycan abundant in the extracellular matrix of cartilage and the lacunocanalicular space of adult bones. Although Pln function during cartilage development is critical, ...
• #### Covalent Capture of Aligned Self-Assembling Nanofibers ﻿

(2017)
A great deal of effort has been invested in the design and characterization of systems which spontaneously assemble into nanofibers. These systems are interesting for their fundamental supramolecular chemistry and have ...

(2012)

(2014)
• #### Strong $\mu$-Bases for Rational Tensor Product Surfaces and Extraneous Factors Associated to Bad Base Points and Anomalies at Infinity ﻿

(2017)
We investigate conditions under which the resultant of a $\mu$-basis for a rational tensor product surface is the implicit equation of the surface without any extraneous factors. In this case, we also derive a formula for ...
• #### Lithospheric structure of Iberia and Morocco using finite-frequency Rayleigh wave tomography from earthquakes and seismic ambient noise ﻿

(2017)
We present a new 3-D shear velocity model of the western Mediterranean from the Pyrenees, Spain, to the Atlas Mountains, Morocco, and the estimated crustal and lithospheric thickness. The velocity model shows different ...
• #### Bounds on geologically current rates of motion of groups of hot spots ﻿

(2017)
It is widely believed that groups of hot spots in different regions of the world are in relative motion at rates of 10 to 30 mm a−1 or more. Here we present a new method for analyzing geologically current motion between ...
• #### A jellium model of a catalyst particle in carbon nanotube growth ﻿

(2017)
We show how a jellium model can represent a catalyst particle within the density-functional theory based approaches to the growth mechanism of carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The advantage of jellium is an abridged, less ...
• #### Evaluating the relationship between sublexical and lexical processing in speech perception: Evidence from aphasia ﻿

(2017)
Several studies have reported that aphasic patients may perform substantially better on lexical than sublexical perception tasks (e.g., Miceli et al., 1980). These findings challenge claims made by models of speech perception ...
• #### Brain Modularity Mediates the Relation between Task Complexity and Performance ﻿

(2017)
Recent work in cognitive neuroscience has focused on analyzing the brain as a network, rather than as a collection of independent regions. Prior studies taking this approach have found that individual differences in the ...
• #### Women’s Underrepresentation in Academic Physics in the People’s Republic of China ﻿

(2016)
Despite recent scholarly focus on women's underrepresentation in the sciences, little is known about gender disparity in science outside the US and Europe. Since much growth in global science is occurring outside these ...
• #### Moral Schemas in Articulation and Intuition: How Religious People Evaluate Human Reproductive Genetic Technologies ﻿

(2017)
As new and more effective human reproductive genetic technologies (RGTs) rapidly develop, religious voices remain an important part of public discussion about the moral standing of such technologies. Here, we compare how ...