The Interfacial Physics Group

Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Physics


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Stephen Garoff, Principal Investigator

Harvard University, Ph.D. Applied Physics
Harvard University, M.S. Applied Physics
Yale University, B.S. Physics

Office: Wean Hall 6313
Phone: 412-268-6877

Current Group Members

Gunnar Duner

Postdoctoral Associate, Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

KTH-Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, Ph.D. Chemistry
Uppasala University, Sweden, M.S. Molecular Biotechnology Engineering

Steven Iasella

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, expected 2019

University of Pittsburgh, B.S. in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

Ramankur Sharma

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, expected 2016

Carnegie Mellon University, M.S. Chemical Engineering
Bharati Vidyapeeth University, India, Bachelors in Chemical Engineering

Amy Stetten

Ph.D. Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, expected 2016

Barnard College of Columbia University, B.A. in Physics and Music

Ying Zhang

Ph.D. Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, expected 2015

University of Science and Technology of China, B.S. in Atomic Physics


Past Group Members

Past Graduate Students 

Name Thesis Title
Lena Asavathiratham Image Analysis as a Tool to Study Electrokinetics of Heterogeneously Charged Colloids
Benjamin Beppler Deposition Through Moving Contact Lines
William Birch The Microscopic and Molecular Structure of Precursing Thin Films of Surfactant Solutions on Silicon Oxide/Silicon Surfaces
Sebastian Catana Tangential Forces between Spheres of Colloidal Doublets
Qun Chen Experimental Investigation of Dynamic Wetting Models: Interface Shapes and Velocity ields Near the Moving Contact Line
Xia Chen Effects of Thin and Ultra-Thin Liquid Films on Dynamic Wetting
Chiung-Hsuan Chung Marangoni Driven Flow of Surfactant Solutions on Polymer Solution Subphase
Eldon Decker Contact line Structure and Relaxation on Surfaces with Contact Angle Hysteresis
Dimitar Draganov Transition Region and Precursing Films of Polymer Melts
Benjamin Frank Surfactant Self-Assembly Near Contact Lines: Control of Advancing Surfactant Solutions
Jason Hamm Redispersion of Polymer Coated Colloidal Aggregates with Changing Solvent Quality
Keith Humfeld Interface Shapes and Thing Film Structures of Complete Partial, and Pseudo Partial Wetting Systems
Parv Jain Dissolution of a Physically Entangled Polymer Solution at a Few Times the Overlap Concentration
Roomi Kalita
Incomplete Spreading of Surfactants and Surfactant Solutions on Liquid Subphases: A Proof of Surfactant Moving Ahead of Contact Lines and the Origin of Autophobing
Amsul Khanal
Spreading of Surfactant-Laden Aerosols on Entangled Polymer Solution Subphases
Junhyung Kim Dynamics of Particles in Spatially and Temporally Varying Electric Fields near Electrodes
Kevin Koch Surface Tension Gradient Driven Flows on Complex Subphases 
Barry Luokkala Interfacial Structure and Rearrangement of Nonionic Surfactants Near a Receding Contact Line
John Marsh Dynamic Contact Angles and Hydrodynamics Near a Moving Contact Line
Jaehyun Moon The wetting characteristics and diffusive growth of precursing films in single and multi component metallic systms
Gurudatta Nadkarni The Complex Microscopic Contact Line Motion On Ambient Surfaces
Dan Qu Hydrodynamics of Dip-Coated Thin Films in the Presence of Evaporation and Surfactant Structures Controlling Spontaneous Dewetting
Gitanjali Seevaratnam Dynamic Wetting of Non-Newtonian Fluids
Ramankur Sharma
Spreading and Wetting Characteristics of A Drop of Pure Surfactant and Surfactant Solution on Liquid Subphases
Sneha H. Solanki
Comparison of Surfactant Effectiveness in Enhancing Deposited Aerosol Spreading with Applicaiton to Pulmonary Delivery
Kroum Stoev Thin Film and Inertial Effects on the Hydrodynamics Near Moving Contact Lines
Yue Suo Unsteady Spreading of Newtonian Fluids and Dynamic Wetting of Shear-Thinning Fluids
Kalyani Varanasi Dynamic Wetting at Receding Contact Lines of Soluble Surfactant Solutions: Hydrodynamics and Molecular Assemblies
Darrell Velegol Determining the Forces between Colloidal Particles Using Differential Electrophoresis
Yuli Wei Dynamic Wetting of Viscous and Vicoelastic Fluids
Keith Willson Dynamic Wetting of Polyer Melts- And Investigation of the Role of Material Properties and the Inner Scale Hydrodynamics
Zechen Zhang
Detection of Marangoni Flow Driven Drug Delivery


Post Doctoral Research Associates

Gunnar Duner
Nitin Kumar
Enrique Ramé

Present Collaborators

Shelly Anna Chemical and Mechanical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Bruce Armitage Chemistry
Carnegie Mellon Univeristy
Elmar Bonaccurso Airbus Group Innovations
Tim Corcoran School of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh
Selin Manukyan Technical University of Darmstadt
Joe Pilewski University of Pittsburgh
Todd Przybycien Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Robert Tilton Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Lynn Walker Chemical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Xiang Wang Technical University of Darmstadt