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Biography

Professor Ravi Jagadeeshan heads the Molecular Rheology group within the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University. His group is focussed on developing a theoretical and computational description of the flow behaviour of polymer solutions using a using a multiscale approach that combines molecular simulations at the mesoscopic scale with continuum simulations on a macroscopic scale.  He is also interested in applying methods of soft matter physics to studying problems in biology.

Professor Jagadeeshan attained his PhD in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Science in 1989.  He undertook postdoctoral and research positions at the National Chemical Laboratory Pune (India), Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge (UK) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Switzerland). He was a Humboldt fellow at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern from 1999 to 2000, and in 2001 Professor Jagadeeshan joined Monash University.

Research interests

Several systems such as granular materials, colloidal suspensions, polymeric liquids, and biological matter, are classified as complex fluids because their microstructure crucially influences their material properties. These systems are inspiring several new technologies. A key challenge is to describe their flow behaviour by understanding the connections between their microscopic structure and macroscopic properties. Ravi Jagadeeshan's research is focussed on developing a theoretical description of the complex flow of polymer solutions. Molecular models and a continuum level description are used in his group to advance the microscopic and the macroscopic description of complex fluid dynamics. The primary aim of the research is to gain fundamental insight into the computational modelling of complex fluid flow by using a multiscale approach that combines insight at the microscopic scale with advanced numerical techniques on a macroscopic scale.

Professor Jagadeeshan’s research group is currently investigating:

  • Computing the dynamics of Chromatin folding
  • Influence of shear flow, crowding and internal viscosity on semi-dilute polymer solutions
  • Monitoring Drug Binding in Cells for Enhanced Drug Discovery

Major professional involvement

  • Member of the US Society of Rheology Bingham Medal Award Committee (2017-2019)
  • Australian representative on the International Committee on Rheology (2016 - )
  • Editor-in-Chief of the Korea-Australia Rheology Journal (2008 - )

 

Monash teaching commitment

  • CHE2161 – Fluid Mechanics
  • CHE3167 - Transport Phenomena and Numerical Methods
  • CHE4180 – Chemical Engineering Research Project
  • CHE4170 – Design Project

External positions

Visiting Professor, University of Warwick

1 Jul 2015 → …

Keywords

  • Polymer solution rheology
  • Polymer Kinetic Theory
  • Brownian Dynamics
  • Viscoelastic Free-Surface Flows

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Research Output 1986 2018

Rheological consequences of wet and dry friction in a dumbbell model with hydrodynamic interactions and internal viscosity

Kailasham, R., Chakrabarti, R. & Prakash, J. R., 7 Sep 2018, In : Journal of Chemical Physics. 149, 9, 22 p., 094903.

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Shear thinning in dilute and semidilute solutions of polystyrene and DNA

Pan, S., Nguyen, D. A., Dünweg, B., Sunthar, P., Sridhar, T. & Ravi Prakash, J., 1 Jul 2018, In : Journal of Rheology. 62, 4, p. 845-867 23 p.

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Direct observation of DNA dynamics in semi-dilute solutions in extensional flow

Hsiao, K-W., Sasmal, C., Prakash, J. R. & Schroeder, C., 2017, In : Journal of Rheology. 61, 1, p. 151-167 17 p.

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Effect of stretching-induced changes in hydrodynamic screening on coil-stretch hysteresis of unentangled polymer solutions

Ranganathan, P., Sasmal, C., Nguyen, D. A., Sridhar, T. & Prakash, J. R., 1 Jan 2017, In : Physical Review Fluids. 2, 1, 8 p., 011301.

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Parameter-free prediction of DNA dynamics in planar extensional flow of semi-dilute solutions

Sasmal, C., Hsiao, K-W., Schroeder, C. M. & Jagadeeshan, R. P., 2017, In : Journal of Rheology. 61, 1, p. 169-186 18 p.

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