• Welcome!

    Transport science plays a role in all things dynamical - and can often play the crucial role.  Learning to think effectively about fluids and transport enables one to understand and contribute to a wide range of interesting and important problems. Our group works in various areas of micro-scale fluid mechanics and transport science - microfluidics and electrokinetics; active, nonlinear and interfacial microrheology of complex materials; polymer and nanoparticle dynamics and sensing.

     

  • Current theoretical and experimental projects include:    

    • non-linear (induced-charge) electrokinetic flows, with an eye towards portable, self-contained and implantable microfluidic devices
    • nonlinear microrheology:  extending the capabilities of "microrheology" (which typically uses colliodal beads as passive tracers to measure the rheological properties of complex materials) by using active forcing to extract nonlinear material response properties
    • interfacial microrheology:  developing and employing a novel technique for measuring the rheology of fluid-fluid interfaces, with particular emphasis on natural and synthetic lung surfactant layers and surfactant-laden polymer-polymer interfaces
    • interfacial mobility of nanoparticle and copolymer surfactants
  • News

    • Congratulations to Dr. Niels Zussblatt on his successful defense (August 2017)
    • Congratulations to Dr. Doug Vogus on his successful defense (June 2017)
    • Congratulations to Anirudha for advancing to the semi-finals of the UCSB Grad Slam. Watch his talk here (April 2017)
    • Congratulations to Dr. Rodrigo Nery Azevedo on his successful defense (March 2017)
    • Congratulations to Ian on his honorable mention in the 4th Annual Art of Science competition. Read more about it here (March 2017)
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