I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Pennsylvania.
My doctoral dissertation focuses on understanding the the physics of colloidal suspensions from a microscopic point of view and engineer them macroscopically to achieve desired properties. I work with spherically symmetric but surface anisotropic polymer microspheres. I am trying to answer the following questions through this research:
When will particles jam? How can we industrially design a suspension if jamming parameters are known?
What defines as ‘contact’ between two particles microscopically?
What phases are formed in rough suspensions at high concentrations? How are they different from spherical smooth particles?
Answers to these questions help us explore parameter to tune for industrial processing applications and also help us understand fundamental questions in biophysics and geological phenomena.