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AVANISH BHARATI

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, KU Leuven, Belgium
M.E. Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

Office: NIST Center for Neutron Research; Building 235, B130, Gaithersburg, MD 20899
Phone: 301-975-6469
Email: bharatia@udel.edu
    
    

Research interests:
Technologically relevant materials undergo deformation at extreme shear rates in a variety of commercial processes such as spraying, coating, syringe injection, filtration, oil extraction, lubrication, and extrusion. Therefore, characterizing the structure of complex soft materials in dynamic and industrially relevant environments, in particular, under control flow type and at deformation rates up to approximately 106 s−1, is highly relevant and an important area of research. In that perspective, I am interested particularly in characterizing crystallization-driven self-assembled structures, organogels, phase-separating polymer blends and waterborne paints using the flow cell slit rheometer compatible with simultaneous neutron scattering along with dielectric spectroscopy.


PETER GILBERT

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Queen’s University
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Office: NIST Center for Neutron Research; Building 235, E110, Gaithersburg, MD 20899
Phone: 240-667-6454
Email: pgilbert@udel.edu

 

 
Research Interests: Sticky gooey liquids, often called complex fluids, are an integral part of our lives from the plastics in consumer products to the surfactant solutions in pharmaceuticals. Despite their use in everyday life, the physical and flow properties of complex fluids are not yet fully understood. My work focuses on characterization of complex fluids and materials in diverse contexts using durometry [1], rheology [2,3,4,5,6] and transport phenomena [7,8]. Most recently, I have turned my attention toward characterizing the morphology of medically relevant surfactant solutions using scattering techniques. By exploring how these micelle suspensions organize themselves under different conditions, we can improve pharmaceutical product performance and deepen our fundamental understanding of these important fluids.


YU-JIUN (NATE) LIN

Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University

Office: Colburn Lab 047, Newark, Delaware 19716
Phone: 302-831-2957
Email: natelin@udel.edu
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Research interests:
Microfluidic Investigation on Stability of Colloidal Suspensions in Viscoelastic Fluids – colloidal products take the form of freshening sprays, detergents, cosmetics, and various other forms. These products, which are encapsulated particles/emulsions, must be delivered properly under flow (e.g. through a high-shear spray nozzle). I intend to use microfluidics to create a well-controlled platform for studying various physicochemical conditions relating to the flow of encapsulated particles/emulsions in viscoelastic fluids.


YIMIN LUO

Ph.D. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Rice University

Office: Colburn Lab 019, Newark, Delaware 19716
Phone: 302-831-0741
Email: yiminluo@udel.edu
    

Research interests: soft matter, directed assembly, liquid crystals, colloids, rheology


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YUYIN XI

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University of Washington
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology

Office: NIST Center for Neutron Research; Building 235, E110, Gaithersburg, MD 20899
Phone: 301-975-6706
Email: xiyuyin@udel.edu; yuyin.xi@nist.gov
    

Research Interests: porous materials, nano-confinement, colloidal science, polymer physics, organic electronics


ZHENHUAN (MICHAEL) ZHANG

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Tianjin University of Science and Technology

Office: NIST Center for Neutron Research; Building 235, E110, Gaithersburg, MD 20899
Phone: 301-975-5513
Email: michaelz@udel.edu; zhenhuan.zhang@nist.gov
    

Research Interests: protein stability, drug delivery

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