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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
  • Linking topology and rheology for designing supramolecular polymer networks

Major professional involvement

  • Fellow of the American Society of Rheology (Elected 2019)
  • Member of the American Society of Rheology Bingham Medal Award Committee (2017-2019)
  • Australian representative on the International Committee on Rheology
  • Editor-in-Chief of the Korea-Australia Rheology Journal (2008 -2020)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Rheology (2022 - )


Monash teaching commitment

  • CHE3167 - Transport Phenomena and Numerical Methods
  • ENG4701 – Final Year Project A
  • CHE4162 - Particle Technology
  • CHE5112/CHE6112 - Advanced Fluid Dynamics

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Visiting Professor, University of Warwick

1 Jul 2015 → …

Research area keywords

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

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