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SURF Mentoring

Potential projects/topics: The Biswal lab carries out research with complex fluids. These are fluids that contain particles, surfactants, or polymers and flow in new and interesting ways. We use engineering processes to understand and control the fluid for a variety of applications. Some of the fluids involve magnetic materials or bubbles and foams.

Potential skills gained: fluid flow, surface chemistry, microscopy

Required qualifications: chemistry

Direct mentor: Post-doctorate, Graduate Student

Mentored presenters may have participated in these courses

HONS 471

Student Project Titles List

Naphthenic Acid Adsorption at the Water-Calcite Interface via Spectroscopic Ellipsometry

Application of Nanoparticles to Mitigate Asphaltene Deposition in Crude Oil Reservoirs

Structure Formation of Paramagnetic Colloids in Time-Varying Fields

Research Areas

Dr. Biswal’s research program focuses on using chemical, biological, and engineering approaches to study soft materials such as colloids, polymers, lipids, and surfactants. One of her main research area has been in developing new materials using colloidal particles. These synthetic materials are chains of patterned magnetic colloids that have rigidity and length specificity, and are able to demonstrate capability for folding, self-assembly, and specific chemical and biorecognition. Another area of interest is the use of microcantilever beams to investigate the lipid-dependent mechanisms responsible for vesicle rupture and bilayer fusion to form supported lipid bilayers and monolayers. These supported lipid bilayers have been widely studied as model systems for elucidating the properties of lipids, membranes and membrane proteins. Multiphase flow systems in microfluidic systems are used to study foam stability and polymer gelation. A new area of research our group has moved into is use new assembly methods to develop novel materials for batteries and solar technology.