It's Dr. Pete!

Peter Hugo Nelson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Physics and Biophysics, Benedictine University

Office Address:
Fisk University
1000 17th Ave North.
Nashville, TN 37208
Home Address:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering 1998
    Simulation of self-assembled polymer and surfactant systems
    - an illustrated summary is available at
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • M.Sc. in Physics with distinction 1990
    Computer simulation of diffusion and reaction in zeolites
  • B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics 1984
  • Registered Patent Attorney (New Zealand) 1989
  • Subsequently elected a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys

  • Phenomenological modeling
  • Development of computer simulation techniques
  • Internet publishing and applications - URL:
  • Practice of international Patent law

Associate Professor of Physics, Fisk University Jan. 2021-present
  • Physics for Life Sciences
  • University Physics I
  • Experiments in General Physics I
  • University Physics II
  • Physics for life sciences II

Associate Faculty, Post University, Aug. 2020 - December 2020
  • Phys115 Physics 1
Visiting Asst. Professor of Physics, Guilford College, 2016 - July 2020
  • Classical and modern Physics III
  • Physics of Solids
  • Intro Physics for Life Sciences I and II (lecture and lab)
  • Mathematical Physics
Assistant Professor of Physics and Biophysics, Benedictine University 2002 - 2016
  • General Physics I & II and Lab
  • Introduction to Biophysics
  • Electricity and Magnetism I & II
  • Physical Science
NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Massachusetts 2000-2002
  • Modeling permeation through ion channels in biological membranes
University of Massachusetts 1998-2000
  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Chemistry
    • Modeling adsorption, diffusion and reaction in zeolite catalysts
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1990-1997
  • Teaching assistant for Courses:
    • 10.37 Chemical Reaction Engineering
    • 10.21 Structures and Properties of Matter
    • 10.40 Graduate Thermodynamics
A. J. Park & Son (Solicitors and Patent Attorneys) 1985-1990
  • Registered Patent Attorney (electrical/electronic/mechanical)
Institute of Nuclear Sciences 1983-1985
  • Vacation worker (scientific) modeling diffusion of fluorine in bones and teeth
Viard College, Porirua, New Zealand 1984-1985
  • Full-time relieving teacher (Physics/Science/Math)

  1. P. H. Nelson and G. E. Coote Diffusion Profiles in Archaeological Bones and Teeth: Their Measurement and Application. (1984) 54 ANZAAS Congress, Canberra, Australia.
  2. P. H. Nelson, D. M. Bibby and A. B. Kaiser Simulation of Diffusion and Adsorption in Zeolites (1991) J. Catal. 127, 101-112.
  3. P. H. Nelson, A. B. Kaiser and D. M. BibbyA Dynamic Simulation of Internal "Coke" Formation in Zeolites (1991) ZEOLITES 11, 337.
  4. P. H. Nelson and D. M. Bibby Computer Simulated Deactivation of a Zeolite with Randomly Distributed Catalytic Sites (1991) Studies in Surface science and Catalysis, Vol. 68, pp. 407-411 Elsevier Science Publishers B. V., Amsterdam.
  5. P. H. Nelson and J. Wei A Theory for Two-Component Diffusion in Zeolites (1992) J. Catal. 136, 263-266.
  6. P. H. Nelson Simulated Materials have Finite Molecular Weight (1996)
  7. P. H. Nelson, T. A. Hatton and G. C. Rutledge General Reptation and Scaling of Athermal Polymers on 2d Close-Packed Lattices (1997) J. Chem. Phys. 107, 1269-1278.
  8. P. H. Nelson, G. C. Rutledge and T. A. Hatton On the Size and Shape of Self-Assembled Micelles (1997) J. Chem. Phys. 107, 10777-10781.
  9. P. H. Nelson, G. C. Rutledge and T. A. Hatton Conformations of (AB)n Star Copolymers in Dilute Solution (1998) invited by Computational and Theoretical Polymer Science 8, 31-38 - special Eichinger issue.
  10. P. H. Nelson and S. M. Auerbach Self-Diffusion in Single-File Zeolite Membranes is Fickian at Long Times (1999) J. Chem. Phys. 110, 9235-9243.
  11. P. H. Nelson, T. A. Hatton and G. C. Rutledge Asymmetric Growth in Micelles Containing Oil (1999) J. Chem. Phys. 110, 9673-9680.
  12. P. H. Nelson and S. M. Auerbach Modeling tracer counter-permeation through anisotropic zeolite membranes: from mean field theory to single-file diffusion (1999) invited by Chem. Eng. J. 74, 43-56.
  13. P. H. Nelson, M. Tsapatsis and S. M. Auerbach Modeling permeation through anisotropic zeolite membranes with nanoscopic defects (2001) J. Membrane Sci. 184, 245-255.
  14. P. H. Nelson A permeation theory for single-file ion channels: Corresponding occupancy states produce Michaelis-Menten behavior (2002) J. Chem. Phys. 117, 11396-11403.
  15. P. H. Nelson A permeation theory for single-file ion channels: Concerted-association/dissociation (2003) J. Chem. Phys. 119, 6981-6982.
  16. P. H. Nelson Modeling the concentration-dependent permeation modes of the KcsA potassium ion channel (2003) Phys. Rev. E 68, 061908.

New Zealand and Dutch Citizen, U.S. employment authorization (green card). Interests include golf, tennis, squash, photography and music. Member of the American Physical Society, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Chemical Society, The Biophysical Society and Sigma Xi.
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