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Vibha Kalra

Assistant Professor
Associate Editor, Chemical Engineering Science

Office: CAT 479
Phone: 215-895-2233
Fax: 215-895-5837
Email: vibha.kalra@drexel.edu
Curriculum Vitae: Link
Websites: Research Group

  • PhD, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Cornell University, 2009
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, India, 2004

Selected Awards
  • Early Career Travel Grant, Energy Technology Division, The Electrochemical Society (2014)
  • ONR Summer Faculty Fellowship Award (2013)
  • NSF CAREER Award (2012)
  • Faculty Career Development Award, Drexel University (2011-2012)
  • Austin Hooey Research Excellence Award, Cornell University (2009)

Professional Experience
  • Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Drexel University, Fall 2010-present
  • Senior Packaging Engineer, Electronic Packaging Division, Intel Corporation, July 2009-2010

Research Interests
  • Development and characterization of hierarchically-structured materials for alternate energy applications (including fuel cells, batteries and solar cells)
  • Electrospinning of nanofibers using various material systems such as self assembling polymers, organic/inorganic hybrids and polymer/nanoparticle composites
  • Molecular/meso-scale simulations to fundamentally understand structural assembly and dynamics of self assembling nano-scale materials

Recent Publications

Tran, C.; Kalra, V. Fabrication of Porous Carbon Nanofibers with Adjustable Pore Sizes as Electrodes for Supercapacitors. J Power Sources 2013, 235, 289-296. [pdf]

Tran, C.; Kalra, V. Co-continuous nanoscale assembly of Nafion/polyacrylonitrile blends within nanofibers: A facile route to fabrication of porous nanofibers. Soft Matter 2013, 9, 846-852. [pdf]

Kalra, V.; Escobedo, F.; Joo, Y.L. Effect of shear on Nanoparticle dispersion in Polymer Melts: A Molecular Dynamics Study. J. Chem. Phys. 2010, 132, 024901. [pdf]

Kalra, V.; Joo, Y.L. Coarse-grained molecular dynamics study of block copolymer/nanoparticle composites under elongational flow. J. Chem. Phys. 2009, 131, 214904, DOI: 10.1063/1.3266511. #Selected for publication in Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology. [pdf]

Kalra, V.; Lee, J.H.; Park, J.; Marquez, M.; Joo, Y.L. Confined Assembly of Asymmetric Block Copolymer Nanofibers via Multi-axial Jet Electrospinning. Small 2009, 5, 2323. [pdf]

Kalra, V.; Lee, J.; Lee, J.H.; Marquez, M.; Wiesner, U.; Joo, Y.L. Controlling Nanoparticle Location via Confined Assembly in Electrospun Block Copolymer Nanofibers. Small 2008, 4, 2067. [pdf]

Kalra, V.; Mendez, S.; Escobedo, F.; Joo, Y.L. Coarse-grained Molecular Dynamics Simulation on the Placement of Nanoparticles within Symmetric Diblock Copolymers under Shear Flow. J. Chem. Phys. 2008, 128, 164909. [pdf]

Kalra, V.; Mendez, S.; Lee, J.H.; Nguyen, H.; Marquez, M.; Joo, Y.L. Confined Assembly in Coaxially Electrospun Block Copolymer Fibers. Adv. Mater. 2006, 18, 3299. [pdf]

Kalra, V.; Kakad, P.A.; Mendez, S.; Ivannikov, T.; Kamperman, M.; Joo, Y.L. Self Assembled Structures in Electrospun Poly (styrene-block-isoprene) Fibers. Macromolecules 2006, 39, 5453. [pdf]

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