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Matteo Pasquali, PhD
CHBE - MS 369
Rice University
P O Box 1892
Houston, Texas 77251-1892

Hazel Cole, CPS, Program Coordinator
hcole@rice.edu


 

Research

Prof. Pasquali's research interests revolve around understanding the interaction of flow and liquid micro/nano-structure in complex fluids, with application to the processing of multifunctional materials, particularly those based on Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (SWNTs). Specific problems of interest include: dispersion and liquid crystalline behavior of SWNTs in superacids; spinning of SWNT fibers; deposition and arraying of SWNTs on surfaces from liquid dispersions to form transparent conductive films; behavior of individual SWNTs in liquids; entrapment of SWNTs into biocompatible micelles; behavior of SWNTs in confined environments; transport of SWNTs in oil reservoirs; photoelectrochemistry of SWNTs; molecular-level interaction of flow with flexible and semiflexible molecules; mechanics of blood cells to understand and control hemolysis in blood pumps; multiscale modeling by thermodynamics projection techniques; modeling, analyzing, and optimizing complex flows of complex fluids across length scales from microfluidics to coating and ink-jet printing, to material processing.   Prof. Pasquali and his students use an array of modeling (nonequilibrium Brownian dynamics, finite element analysis, high-performance computing) and experimental techniques (optical microscopy, neutron scattering, AFM, SEM, TEM, shear and extensional rheometry).

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