Surfactants

Guruswamy Kumaraswamy
Jason R. Picardo

Topic 1: Functional Nanoparticles: Experiments, modeling, simulation

Nanoparticles and their clusters show new and interesting properties different from bulk
materials due to their extremely small size (diameter) and large specific
surface area. It is thus critical to understand the variables that control
its formation leading to a desired property. Control of nanoparticle size,  read more »

Proposing Faculty
Research Area
  • Colloids
  • Computational Flow Modelling (CFD)
  • Molecular Simulations
  • Nano-composites
  • Nanoparticles
  • Reactor Modelling
  • Surface Science
  • Surfactants

Thermodynamic study of polymer-grafted nanoparticle composites.

Grafting polymer to the surface of nanoparticles can result in enormous property enhancements.  This project involves the study of thermodynamic properties of such composite systems.  The topic lies in the area of polymer physics.  The work involved, is the usage of simple statistical mechanical arguments and simulation packages to confirm the statistical mechanical predictions.  An introductory level exposure to programming should suffice.

Proposing Faculty
Research Area
  • Colloids
  • Molecular Simulations
  • Nano-composites
  • Nanoparticles
  • Polymer Physics
  • Surfactants

Simulaition study of Enhance Oil Recovery

In the secondary and tertiary phase of oil recovery, the crude oil in direct contact with mineral surface needs to be displaced using external medium, mostly water. The mechanism of replacement is governed by the structural and energetic behaviour of interfacial water versus hydrocarbon oil at the mineral surface. This project is aimed at understanding the interfacial behaviour of crude oil-water at mineral interface. The obtained understanding will be used to enhance the oil recovery.

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Proposing Faculty
Research Area
  • Adsorption
  • Coatings
  • Colloids
  • Energy Integration
  • Molecular Simulations
  • Nano-composites
  • Nanoparticles
  • Polymer Physics
  • Porous Media
  • Rheology
  • Separations
  • Statistical Themodynamics
  • Surface Science
  • Surfactants
  • Thin films

Use of Arrested Micro-emulsions for Drug Delivery and Gas Separation Applications.

The project will explore design of materials using nanostructured glasses for which a patent has been filed. An incoming student can take the project towards design of structured nanocomposites for specific applications including membrane for gas separation and controlled drug delivery. Other experiments will be based on tools required to characterize the rheology, microstructure and the phase diagrams of these materials and design of materials.

Proposing Faculty
Research Area
  • Biomaterials
  • Colloids
  • Food Engineering
  • Microscopy
  • Nano-composites
  • Nanoparticles
  • Polymer Physics
  • Rheology
  • Surfactants
Venkat Gundabala
Ateeque Malani

A Method and an Apparatus for Synthesizing Vesicles by Interdiffusion of Stationary Phases

The present invention relates to a method and an apparatus for synthesizing stable uni-lamellar vesicles (liposomes) for drug delivery and similar applications. The main advantage over existing methods is the ability to produce in a single step, stable liposomes of a mono-disperse population in the size range of 200-5000nm controlled by temperature and lipid type alone, without subjecting to harsh environments and with negligible external energy supplied. The method of the present invention is simple, feasible and inexpensive for the large-scale production of liposomes.