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.
Six Ph.D. students, four M.S. students and many enthusiastic U.G.s.
Alumni include one Ph.D. and ten M.S. students. Over ninety current and former U.G. students have participated in our research and mentorship initiatives.
*Odes: definitions (selected):
Etymology.com: 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.
Poets.org 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).