From left to right: Ashwin Ravichandran, Lakshmi Kanthi Muthukumar, Fardin Khabaz, Ketan Khare, Rajesh Khare, Sriramvignesh Mani, Mir Karim
The primary focus of our research is on studying the relationship between the molecular level structure as well as dynamics of materials and their thermodynamic and transport properties. The specific research areas of interest to us are thermo-mechanical properties of cross-linked polymers and their nanocomposites, rheology of complex fluids, and efficient production of cellulosic biofuels. We use advanced molecular simulation techniques to predict the properties of materials based on the knowledge of their chemistry. Simulation predictions are compared with laboratory experimental data obtained by our collaborators.