Dr Rahul Mangal is an Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering at IIT Kanpur. His research interests include Soft Matter, Polymer Physics, Active Matter and Liquid Crystals.
Active particles or emulsions are capable of harnessing energy from their surroundings and drive themselves out of thermodynamic equilibrium. Consequently, unlike Brownian particles, where equilibrium thermal fluctuations leads to random motion, artificial active colloids offer more control over the dynamics of particles and feature various novel transport and self-assembly behaviors. In our group, we are currently endeavoring into investigating several unexplored fundamental questions pertaining to their motion through Single Particle Tracking experiments.Please go through this recorded video seminar which Dr. Mangal delivered in Compflu 2020.
Addition of nano-particles (NPs) to polymer hosts is a well-practiced method for augmenting various properties of the host, including mechanical strength, thermal stability, barrier properties, and wear resistance. Hence, lately there has been an active interest in using PNCs as shock mitigater for protective equipments in case of a bomb explosion. In this work we are experimentally investigating the impact of shock waves on the fundamental physical properties of PNCs. Our long term goal is to design a nano-composite material offering best resistance to shock waves.
I am looking for motivated Post Docs, PhDs, Masters/Dual Degree students to work with me on interesting problems in colloids and complex fluids. Please check my research brief and papers for further details. Interested candidates can contact me by email with a short description about their interests.
Dr. Pawan Kumar (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Dr. Pawan hails from Sonipat, Haryana. He did his undergraduate studies at the Kirorimal College, University of Delhi. He did his master's and doctorate in Physics from IIT Bombay in the area of nonlinear dynamics. During his doctorate, he initiated experiments involving nonlinear phenomena of chemo-mechanical coupled oscillators. Thereafter, he joined a postdoc position at the University of Szeged in Hungary and had a short-term postdoc experience at Florida State University in USA as well. During his postdoc stints, he worked on self-organized patterns, surface instabilities, and active matter systems. His current focus is on investigating the impact of confinement and boundaries on the dynamics of active droplets.
Prateek Dwivedi ( email@example.com )
Prateek hails from Gandidham (Kachh) Gujarat. He did his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya Bilaspur (Chhatisgarh) and M.Tech. from IIT Roorkee. He has worked in Cargill India Private Limited in Davangere Karnataka. Currently, he is focusing on investigating the dynamics of active emulsions.
Karnika Singh ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Karnika hails from Kanpur, UP. She recently finished her B.Tech. from MNNIT Allahbad, UP. She is presently working on ivestigating motion of Active Janus Colloids in complex surroundings.
Harishwar hails from Aruvankadu (near Ooty), Tamil Nadu. He did his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli. He is currently investigating the behaviour of Active Janus Colloids in Viscoelastic media
Sobiya Ashraf (email@example.com )
Sobiya hails from Anantnag disctrict of Jammu and Kashmir. She obtained her B.Tech. from NIT Srinagar in 2021. Presently, she is working on investigating the dynamics of self-propelled droplets under confinement.
Pankaj Sonkar ( firstname.lastname@example.org )