I am a PhD student at MIT in the department of Chemical Engineering working with Robert Cohen and co-advised by Gareth McKinley in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. My primary work is on understanding the break-up of polymer fluid jets to control the formation of various structured polymer surfaces.
I use knowledge of polymer solution theory and fluid dynamics to understand how the coil-overlap, molecular weights and relaxation time can be engineered to create structured superoleophobic surfaces. My research also involves studying how these liquid repellent surfaces reduce fluid drag in viscous laminar flows. I have also worked on a mathematical analysis of the gravity driven deformation of drops on non-wetting surfaces and on developing a hierarchical model to design oleophobic woven fabrics. Please take a look at my published work for more details.