Soft Matter ODES-lab

Optics, Dynamics, Elasticity and Self-Assembly (ODES)

PI: Vivek Sharma

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering



Expertise and Interests: Fizzics, Optics, Rheology and Mechanics (FORM) of complex fluids and soft materials, including Polymers, Foams, Surfactants, Emulsions, Liquid Crystals, Proteins, Polyelectrolytes, Colloidal Sols, and Printable Inks.



Four Ph.D. students, four M.S. students and many enthusiastic U.G.s.

Alumni include three Ph.D.s and ten M.S. students. Over ninety current and former U.G. students have participated in our research and mentorship initiatives.



Latest: Foam fizzics, thin film flows and thermodynamics in Langmuir (2018); Polymer physics and rheology in Macromolecules (2018).

Accepted: CFD analysis of pinch-off dynamics in Physics of Fluids (2019).


Courses: CHE 410: Transport Phenomena (G), CHE 312: Transport Phenomena II (U.G., Heat and Mass Transfer), CHE 494: Fizzics and Interfacial Phenomena (G/ U.G.), CHE 494: Molecular and Macromolecular Engineering (G/UG); CHE 301: Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (U.G.), CHE 392: U.G. Research; CHE 595: Seminar.

*Odes: definitions (selected): Words like cathode, anode, electrode, diode, method & period contain Greek ‘hodos’ (-ode) meaning way or path.
Wolfram page: Ordinary Differential Equation, an equality involving a function and its derivative. NB: Our group loves PDEs just as well. says: “Ode” comes from the Greek aeidein, meaning to sing or chant, and belongs to the long and varied tradition of lyric poetry.

At ODES-lab, we think of ourselves as seekers and path-finders, fascinated by both complexity and beauty in science, driven by curiosity, imagination and creativity. We visualize and analyze prototypical interfacial and nonlinear flows in pinch-off of liquid bridges, or drainage or spreading of liquid films, or during bubbling, dripping and jetting to uncover the influence of physio-chemical properties of molecules, macromolecules or supramolecular dispersed phases (like micelles or nanoparticles).