Our expertise is a unique blend of soft matter physics, polymer dynamics, molecular rheology, and interfacial transport/mechanics. Our efforts concentrate on making key connections between fundamental parameters measured on lab-scale equipment and the more crude real world processing conditions required to manufacture materials with engineered properties on global supply scales. Our expertise lies in developing novel instruments that take advantage of key physics in order to capture/measure fundamentally relevant phenomena/parameters. We are highly motivated by recent connections made by our group that will inform material development for our present and future of nanomaterials, composites, structured polymers, and "smart" materials.

Faculty Video: "Introducing our CBE Faculty: Prof. Nicolas Alvarez"