Interfacial Rheology: Fundamental Overview and Applications
Interfacial rheology dominates the behavior of many complex fluid systems. Whether the system is characterized by a fluid-fluid interface or fluid-air interface, these characteristics influence the behavior of biological systems, oil recovery, personal care products, food and more. Learn the basic forces that drive interfacial dynamics and stability, what we can learn from them about product performance and therapeutic efficacy, and how we can measure them accurately. Specific illustrations will be presented using examples of biofilms, hydrates, asphaltene-stabilized emulsions, and engineered emulsions.
About the Speaker
Gerald Fuller is the Fletcher Jones II Professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University where he has carried out research and taught since graduating from Caltech in 1980. Professor Fuller’s research has centered on three areas of rheology: optical rheometry, extensional rheology, and interfacial rheology. This experimental effort has been aimed at a wide range of soft materials that includes polymer solutions and melts, liquid crystals, suspensions, and surfactants. Recent applications are especially focused on biophysics and a wide range of interfacial phenomenon. Professor Fuller received the Bingham Award from The Society of Rheology and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.