Dr. Aditya Khair Joins the Department of Chemical Engineering
Dr. Aditya Khair, currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Santa Barbara, will join the Department of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in August 2010. He received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the California of Institute of Technology in 2007, where his dissertation, entitled Particle Motion in Colloidal Dispersions: Applications to Microrheology and Nonequilibrium Depletion Interactions, was conducted under the supervision of Professor John Brady. His research interests are broadly in modeling micro- and nano-scale transport phenomena and fluid mechanics. Specifically, Dr. Khair will investigate electrically-driven flows in nanochannels for sample pre-concentration and energy harvesting. He will study the fundamental physics of concentrated electrolytes near highly-charged and nano-structured surfaces, which is of relevance to the manipulation of fluids and particles in microfluidic devices and electrical energy storage. A third theme concerns complex fluids and colloidal physics: here, he will study the impact of nano-scale interparticle forces on the flow and rheology of complex fluids, and the dynamics of charged colloidal dispersions.