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Scholarly Interest Report
Sibani Lisa Biswal
Associate Professor
Associate Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering (1999) California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
  • M.S. Chemical Engineering (2001) Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering (2004) Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Primary Department
   Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Department Affiliations
  • Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering
  • Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering
  • Rice Quantum Institute
  • Shell Center for Sustainability
  • Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology
     Soft Matter Engineering
     Biswal - Department Page
     Biswal Soft Matter Laboratory
    Research Areas
     Soft Matter Systems: this includes microscale transport, Interfacial phenomena, and directed-assembly of colloidal, polymer, and biological systems.
    Engineering Soft Matter

    My research program focuses on using chemical, biological, and engineering approaches to design novel microstructures that address problems where conventional techniques are lacking. My main research area has been in developing new materials using magnetic particles. These synthetic materials will be 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. Active exploration of diverse chemistries and connectivities in these bioinspired colloidal assemblies will offer the potential for self-organized materials with greater chemical diversity and stability than their natural counterparts. A key obstacle to assembling these and other materials is understanding the fundamental chemistry and physics of the assembly processes. I have focused our research on the influence of variable flexibility on the shape and morphology of linked colloidal chains. These multilink chains, colloidal analogs of block copolymers or polypeptide chains, are comprised of magnetic nanoparticles which have been “glued” together with different linker molecule. Our main research accomplishment has been the development of novel microstructures that are formed when colloidal chains are chemically patterned using microfluidics and magnetic fields. This technique offers a way for intermolecular interactions to be designed along the backbone of a chain by manipulating the electrostatic forces along the length of the chain. The conjugate of colloids and patterned linkers produces a new, hybrid type of molecule that can synergistically combine the individual properties of the two components to yield new and unusual properties. This research brings together methods from surface science and microfluidics to probe fundamental questions of self-assembly. 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.

    Teaching Areas
     transport phenomena, colloidal and interfacial phenomena
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles

    Byrom, J., Han, P., Savory, M., and Biswal, S. L. "Directing Assembly of DNA-Coated Colloids with Magnetic Fields To Generate Rigid, Semiflexible, and Flexible Chains," Langmuir 30, 9045-9052 (2014) DOI: 10.1021/la5009939


    Chen, Y., Elhag, A. S., Poon, B. M., Cui, L., Ma, K., Liao, S. Y., Reddy, P.P., Worthen, A. J., Hirasaki, G.H., Nguyen, Q.P., Biswal, S.L., Johnston,  K. P*.  “Switchable Nonionic to Cationic Ethoxylated Amine Surfactants for CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery in High-Temperature, High-Salinity Carbonate Reservoirs.” Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal, 19(2), 249-259, (2014) DOI:10.2118/154222-PA



    Conn, C., Ma, K., Hirasaki, G. J., and Biswal, S. L. "Visualizing oil displacement with foam in a microfluidic device with permeability contrasts," Lab on a Chip. DOI:10.1039/C4LC00620H (2014).

    Listed as Lab On A Chip 2014 HOT article


    Cui, L., Ma, K., Abdala, A. A., Lu, J., Tanakov, I. M., Biswal, S. L., & Hirasaki, G. J. (2014, September 1). Adsorption of a Switchable Cationic Surfactant on Natural Carbonate Minerals. Society of Petroleum Engineers. doi:10.2118/169040-PA


    Leyu Cui, Maura Puerto, José L. López-Salinas, Sibani L. Biswal, and George J. Hirasaki, "Improved Methylene Blue Two-Phase Titration Method for Determining Cationic Surfactant Concentration in High-Salinity Brine," Analytical Chemistry 2014 86 (22), 11055-11061


    Du, D., Toffoletto, F., and Biswal, S.L. "Numerical calculation of interaction forces between paramagnetic colloids in two-dimensional systems." Physical Review E 89.4 (2014): 043306. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.89.043306


    Du, D. and Biswal, S.L. "Micro-mutual-dipolar model for rapid calculation of forces between paramagnetic colloids" Physical Review E 90.3 (2014): 033310. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.90.033310


    Wang, J., Morton, M.J., Elliott, C.T., Karoonuthaisiri, N., Segatori, L. and Biswal, S.L. "

    Rapid Detection of Pathogenic Bacteria and Screening of Phage-Derived Peptides Using Microcantilevers"

     Analytical Chemistry (2014) 86 (3), 1671-1678. DOI:10.1021/ac403437x


    Kini, G., Yu, J., Wang, L., Kan, A., Biswal, S.L., Tour, J.M., Tomson, M., Wong, M.S. “Salt- and Temperature-stable Quantum Dot Nanoparticles for Porous Media Flow”, Colloids and Surfaces A, 443, 492-500 (2014), DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2013.11.042


    Chao, K., and Biswal S.L. "Evaporative assembly of MEH-PPV Rings Using Mixed Solvents at the Air/Water Interface." Langmuir , 30(15), pp 4236-4242 (2014).


    Ma, K., Farajzadeh, R., Lopez-Salinas, J. L., Miller, C. A., Biswal, S. L., & Hirasaki, G. J. (2014). Non-uniqueness, Numerical Artifacts, and Parameter Sensitivity in Simulating Steady-State and Transient Foam Flow Through Porous Media. Transport in porous media102(3), 325-348.


    Wang, J., Liu, K., Biswal, S.L., "Characterizing a-Helical Peptide Aggregation on Supported Lipid Membranes Using Microcantilevers," Analytical Chemistry (2014) DOI: 10.1021/ac501343b


    Wang, J., Liu, K., Segatori, L., Biswal, S.L., "Probing the association of triblock copolymers with supported lipid membranes using microcantilevers," Soft Matter 10, 6417-6424 (2014) DOI: 10.1039/C4SM00928B


    Wang, J., Liu, K., Segatori, L., Biswal, S.L., "Lipid Bilayer Phase Transformations Detected Using Microcantilevers," J. Phys. Chem. B 118, 171-178, (2014) DOI: 10.1021/jp4095112


    Byrom J. and Biswal, S.L., “Magnetic field directed assembly of two-dimensional fractal colloidal aggregates,” Soft Matter, 9, 9167-9173 (2013), DOI: 10.1039/c3sm50306b.


    Du, D., Li, D., Thakur, M., Biswal, S.L., “Generating an in-situ interactional potential for probing 2-D colloidal phase behavior,” Soft Matter, 9, 6867-6875 (2013), DOI: 10.1039/c3sm27620a


    Ma, K., Farajzadeh, R., Lopez-Salinas, J. L., Miller, C. A., Biswal, S. L., & Hirasaki, G. J. "Non-uniqueness, Numerical Artifacts, and Parameter Sensitivity in Simulating Steady-State and Transient Foam Flow Through Porous Media." Transport in Porous Media, 1-24, (2014) DOI: 10.1007/s11242-014-0276-9


    Liontas, R., Ma, K., Hiraski, G., Biswal, S.L. “Neighbor-induced bubble pinch-off: novel mechanisms of in situ foam generation in microfluidic channels,” Soft Matter, 9, 10971-10984 (2013), DOI:10.1039/C3SM51605A. 

    *Cover Article

    *Highlighted in Materials Today Vol 16, Num 12, Dec 2013


    Ma, K., Cui, L., Dong, Y., Wang, T., Da, C., Hirasaki, G., Biswal, S.L. “Adsorption of cationic and anionic surfactants on natural and synthetic carbonate materials,” Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 408, 164-172 (2013), DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2013.07.006


    Ma, K., Lopez-Salinas, J.L., Puerto, M.C., Miller, C., Biswal, S.L., Hirasaki, G. “Estimation of Parameters for the Simulation of Foam Flow through Porous Media Part I: The Dry-Out Effect,” Energy and Fuels (2013), DOI: 10.1021/ef302036s.


    Wang, J., Morton, M. J., Elliott, C. T., Karoonuthaisiri, N., Segatori, L., and Biswal, S. L. (2014). Rapid detection of pathogenic bacteria and screening of phage-derived peptides using microcantilevers. Analytical Chemistry86 (3), pp 1671–1678 (2014) DOI: 10.1021/ac403437x


    Agrawal, A., Luchette, P., Palffy-Muhoray, P., Biswal, S.L., Chapman, W.G., & Verduzco, R. “Suface wrinkling in liquid crystal elastomers,” Soft Matter, 8, 3138-3142, (2012), DOI: 10.1039/c2sm25734c

    DOI: 10.1039/c2sm25734c

    Chao, K., Bagaria, H., Wong, M.S., & Biswal, S.L., “Templating CdSe Tetrapods at the Air/Water Interface with POPC Lipids,” Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 378 (1), 58-63 (2012). DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2012.04.028.

    DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2012.04.028

    Kini, K., Biswal, S.L., Wong, M.S., Miller, C.A., “Characteristics of Spontaneously Formed Nanoemulsions in Octant/AOT/Brine Systems,” Journal of Colloid and Interface Science (2012). DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2012.07.041.

    DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2012.07.041.

    Li, X., Prukop, S., Yager, K., Biswal, S.L., Verduzco, R., “Surface Properties of Bottlebrush Polymer Thin Films,” Macromolecules (2012). DOI: 10.1021/ma301046n.

    DOI: 10.1021/ma301046n.

    Ma, K., Liontas, R., Conn, C., Hirasaki, G., Biswal, S.L., “Visualization of improved sweep with foam in heterogeneous porous media using microfluidics,” Soft Matter, (2012), DOI: 10.1039/c2sm25833a

    DOI: 10.1039/c2sm25833a

    Thakur, M., Isaacson, M., Sinsabaugh, S., Wong, M.S., & Biswal, S.L., “Gold-Coated porous silicon films as anodes for lithium ion batteries,” Journal of Power Sources 205, 426-432 (2012). DOI: 10.1016/j/jpowsour.2012.01.058

    DOI: 10.1016/j/jpowsour.2012.01.058

    Thakur, M., Isaacson, M., Sinsabaugh, S., Wong, M.S., Biswal, S.L., " Inexpensive method for producing macroporous silicon particulates (MPSPs) with pyrolyzed polyacrylonitrile for lithium ion batteries," Scientific Reports, 2:795 (2012).  DOI:10.1038/srep00795


    Thakur, M., Pernites, R., Nitta, N., Isaacson, M., Sinsabaugh, S., Wong, M.S., and Biswal, S.L., "Freestanding macroporous silicon and pyrolyzed polyacrylonitrile as a composite anode for lithium ion batteries," Chemistry of Materials, (2012), DOI: 10.1021/cm301376t.

    DOI: 10.1021/cm301376t

    Wang, J., AlMakhaita, M., Biswal, S.L., Segatori, L., “Sensitive Detection of TNT using Competition Assay on Quartz Crystal Microbalance. Journal of Biosensors and Bioelectronics 3:115. (2012). DOI: 10.4172/2155-6210.10000115.

    DOI: 10.4172/2155-6210.10000115

    Li, D., Fakhri, Nikta, Pasquali, M. & Biswal, S.L.*, “Axial Thermal Rotation of Slender Rods,” Physical Review Letters 106, 188302 (2011). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.18830

    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.18830

    Liu, K.W. & Biswal, S.L.*, “Probing Insertion and Solubilization Effects of Lyso-lipids on Supported Lipid Bilayers Using Microcantilever,” Analytical Chemistry 83:4794-4801, (2011). DOI: 10.1021/ac200401n.

    DOI: 10.1021/ac200401n

    Ma, K., Rivera, J., Hirasaki, G. & Biswal, S.L, “Wettability control and patterning of PDMS using UV ozone and water immersion,” 363(1), 371-8, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, (2011). DOI:10.1016/j.jcis.2011.07.036.


    Xu, J., Liu, K.W., Matthews, K. & Biswal, S.L.*, “Monitoring DNA Binding to Escherichia coli Lactose Repressor Using Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation,” Langmuir. 27 (8) pp 4900-4905 (2011). DOI: 10.1021/la200056h


    Choi Y., Yuen, C., Maiti, S., Olivares, S., Gibbons, H., Huls, H., Raphael, R., Killian, T.C., Stark, D. J., Lee, D. A., Hiroki, T., Monitcello, D., Kelly, S., Kebriaei, P., Champlin, R. E., Biswal, S.L., Cooper, L.J.N. A high throughput microelectroporation device to introduce a chimeric antigen receptor to redirect the specificity of human T cells. Biomedical Microdevices. (2010). DOI: 10.1007/s10544-010-94440-3



    Li, D., Bannon, S. & Biswal, S.L. “Bending Dynamics of DNA-linked colloidal particle chains”. Soft Matter. 6 (17), pp 4197-4204 (2010). DOI: 10.1039/c0sm00159g.



    Liu, K.W. & Biswal, S.L. “Using Microcantilevers to Study the Interactions of Lipid Bilayers with Solid Surfaces,” Analytical Chemistry. 82 (18) pp 7527-7532, (2010). DOI: 10.1021/ac100083v



    Kini, G., Lai, J., Wong, M., Biswal, S.L., “Microfluidic Formation of Ionically Crosslinked Polyamine Gels,” Langmuir (2010). DOI: 10.1021/la903983y


    Li, D., Lam, C. & Biswal, S.L. Measuring short-range repulsive forces by imaging directed magnetic-particle assembly. Soft Matter 6, pp 239-242 (2010). DOI: 10.1039/b917675f


    Li, D., Rogers, J. & Biswal, S.L. Probing the Stability of Magnetically Assembled DNA-Linked Colloidal Chains. Langmuir (2009). DOI: 10.1021/la900370g


    Biswal, S.L.; Gast, A.P. "Magnetically Actuated Micromixers." Analytical Chemistry, 76 (2004) : 6448-6455.


    Biswal, S.L.; Gast, A.P. "Mechanics of Poly(Ethylene Glycol) Linked Paramagnetic Particles." Physics Review E, 68 (2003) : 021402.


    Biswal, S.L.; Gast, A.P. "Rotational Mechanics of Semiflexible Paramagnetic Particle Chains." Physics Review E, 69(4) (2004) : 041406.


    Biswal, S.L.; Roarane, D., Chaiken, A., Majumdar, A. "Nanomechanical Detection of DNA Melting on Microcantilever Surfaces." Analytical Chemistry, 78 (20): 7104-7109.


    Biswal, S.L.; Roarane, D., Chaiken, A., Majumdar, A., "Using a Microcantilever Array for Detecting Phase Transitions and Stability of DNA." Clinics in Laboratory Medicine, 1 (2007) : 36-38.


    Biswal, S.L.; Roarane, D., Chaiken, A., Majumdar, A., "Using a Microcantilever Array for Detecting Phase Transitions and Stability of DNA." Journal of the Association for Laboratory Automation, 11 (2006) : 222-226.

     Book chapters

    Thankur, M., Pernites, R., Sinsabaugh, S.L., Wong, M.S., Biswal, S.L., "Porous silicon as an anode for lithium ion batteries" Silicon-based Nanomaterials. Ed. Li, H., Wu, J., & Wang, Z. M. Springer Series in Materials Science Vol 187 2013


    Kini, G., Biswal, S.L., Wong, M., “Non-LBL Assembly and Encapsulation Uses of Nanoparticle-Shelled Hollow Spheres”. Advances in Polymer Science 2010, DOI:10.1007/12_2010_53



    Biswal, S.L. “Micro- and nano-cantilever systems for molecular analysis”. Nano and Microsensors for Chemical and Biological Terrorism Surveillance, ed Jeffrey B-H Tok 2008

     Conference papers

    Leyu Cui, Kun Ma, Ahmed Abdala, Jiayu Lu, Ivan Mikhailovich Tanakov, Sibani Lisa Biswal, and George J. Hirasaki . "Adsorption of a Switchable Cationic Surfactant on Natural Carbonate Minerals." In SPE Improved Oil Recovery Symposium. Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2014.


    Choi, Y., Maiti, S., Yuen, C., Huls, H., Biswal, S. L., Raphael, R., Killian, T. C., Stark, D. J., Lee, D. A., Shpall, L. J., Kebriaei, P., Champlin, R. E., Cooper, L. J. N., “High throughput non-viral gene transfer of t cells by micro-electroporators to generate CD19-specific cells for immediate infusion,” Biology Of Blood And Marrow Transplantation 15 (2), pp 24 (2009).

     Conference abstracts

    Dynamic Microscale Paramagnetic Swimmers

    Sibani Lisa Biswal

    XXXIV Dynamics Days Conference

    January 9, 2015

    Houston, TX


    Probing foam stability in porous media with micromodels

    Sibani Lisa Biswal

    2014 Society of Rheology Annual Meeting

    October 8, 2014

    Philadelphia, PA


    Visualizing and Predicting the Buckling of Semiflexible Chains

    Jingjing Zhao and Sibani Lisa Biswal

    2014 AICHE Annual Meeting

    Nov 19, 2014

    Atlanta, GA


    Driving Paramagnetic Colloidal Assemblies with Magnetic Fields

    Daniel Du and Sibani Lisa Biswal

    2014 AICHE Annual Meeting

    Nov 18, 2014

    Atlanta, GA


    Probing Pluronic Insertion into Supported Lipid Membranes

    Jinghui Wang and Sibani Lisa Biswal

    2014 AICHE Annual Meeting

    Nov 20, 2014

    Atlanta, GA


    Analysis of foam stability in porous media

    Sibani Lisa Biswal

    88th ACS Colloids and Surface Science Symposium

    June 23, 2014

    Philadelphia, PA


    Buckling of semiflexible filaments

    Jingjing Zhao and Sibani Lisa Biswal

    88th ACS Colloids and Surface Science Symposium

    June 25, 2014

    Philadelphia, PA


    Numerical Calculation of Interactions Forces in 2-D Paramagnetic Particle Systems

    Daniel Du and Sibani Lisa Biswal

    88th ACS Colloids and Surface Science Symposium

    June 25, 2014

    Philadelphia, PA


    Visualizing 2-D phase behavior with paramagnetic colloids

    Sibani Lisa Biswal

    Society of Rheology 84th Annual Meeting, Pasadena CA

    Feb 12, 2013

    Pasadena, CA


    Controlling the Assembly of Semiconducting Nanoparticles With Conjugated Polymers for Solar Cell Applications

    Kung-Po Chao and Sibani Lisa Biswal

    2013 AIChE Annual Meeting

    Nov 7, 2013

    San Francisco, CA


    Foam Stability Observed Using Microfluidic Channels

    Sibani Lisa Biswal

    Rice University Consortium on Porous Media Processes

    April 29, 2013

    Houston, TX


    Phase Diagram for a 2-D Colloidal System with an Isotropic Potential

    Daniel Du, Manolis Doxastakis and Sibani L. Biswal

    2013 AICHE Annual Meeting

    Nov 6, 2013

    San Francisco, CA


    Understanding the Solubility of Triblock Copolymers with Supported Lipid Bilayers

    Jinghui Wang, Laura Segatori and Sibani Lisa Biswal

    2013 AICHE Annual Meeting

    Nov 7, 2013

    San Francisco, CA

     Invited Talks

    Directing Colloidal Systems with Magnetic Fields and DNA

    Sibani Lisa Biswal

    Levich Institute at The City College of New York

    February 3, 2015

    New York, NY


    Using microfluidic systems for the visualizing and manipulation of multiphase fluids for oil recovery processes

    Sibani Lisa Biswal

    Department of Chemical, Biological, and Materials Engineering, University of Oklahoma

    September 4, 2014

    Norman, OK



    Interactions of pluonics with supported lipid membranes

    Sibani Lisa Biswal

    247th ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    March 19, 2014

    Dallas, TX


    The application of porous silicon particulates for lithium ion batteries

    Sibani Lisa Biswal

    247th ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    March 19, 2014

    Dallas, TX


    Complex Colloidal Assemblies Using Rotating Magnetic Fields

    Sibani Lisa Biswal

    Department of Chemical, Biological, and Materials Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

    October 22, 2014

    Philadelphia, PA



    Porous Silicon as Anode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries

    Sibani Lisa Biswal

    Ford Motor Company

    June 16th, 2014

    Deerborn, MI


    The use of micromodels to visualize oil processes

    Sibani Lisa Biswal

    Shell Projects and Technology (US)
    Westhollow Technology Center

    July 24, 2014

    Houston, TX


    Visualizing Foam Flow in Porous Media for Enhanced Oil Recovery

    Sibani Lisa Biswal

    105th AOCS Annual Meeting

    May 7, 2014

    San Antonio, TX


    Dynamics of DNA-linked paramagnetic chains – connecting the nanoscale linkers to microscale chain properties

    Sibani Lisa Biswal

    246th ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    Sept 12, 2013

    Indianapolis, IN


    Analysis of Foam Stability Using Microfluidic Channels

    Sibani Lisa Biswal

    245th ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    April 9th, 2013

    New Orleans, LA


    Observation of small molecule insertion in supported lipid bilayers

    Sibani Lisa Biswal

    245th ACS National Meeting & Exposition

    April 8, 2013

    New Orleans, LA


    Probing Supported Membrane Properties Using Microcantilever Sensors

    Sibani Lisa Biswal

    Indo-US Symposium on Structure, Dynamics and Mechanics of Biological Membranes 

    Dec 30, 2012

    Bangalore, India



    The use of micromodels to visualize foam EOR processes

    Sibani Lisa Biswal

    ADNOC R&D OSC Meeting

    Feb 26, 2103

    Abu Dhabi, UAE


    "Lateral pressure of supported lipid bilayers measured using microcantilevers." (April 10, 2010)


    "Nanomechanical detection of thermally induced protein changes." American Chemical Society 62nd Southwest Regional Meeting, Houston, TX. (October 19, 2006.)


    "To align or not to align." Proctor and Gamble Complex Fluids, Cincinatti, OH. (September 6, 2007)

     Keynote Speaker

    Directed Paramagnetic Colloidal Swimmers

    Sibani Lisa Biswal

    17th U.S. National Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

    June 19th, 2014

    Lansing, MI


    "Lateral Pressure Changes of Supported Lipid Bilayers Measured Using Microcantilevers

    ." (November 10, 2010)

     Seminar Speaker

    Squishy Bubble Dynamics for Oil Recovery Applications

    Sibani Lisa Biswal

    Northwestern Departmental Seminar

    January 15, 2014

    Evanston, IL


    "Colloidal Origami: Manipulating the Interactions and Dynamics between Magnetic Particles." (Oct 21, 2010)


    “To align or not to align: Colloidal Origami with Magnetic Particles,” presented at University of Houston departmental seminar February 19, 2010.

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Sandip Agarwal, Ph.D. Use of Magnetic Nanoparticles for Mixing in Microarrays and Microsystems. (2007) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Kelly Horn, MS Engineering Magnetic Viral Nanoheaters for Targeted Hyperthermia Treatment of Cancer. (2008) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Weijia Xie, M.S. Assembling Magnetic Colloidal Particles in Microfluidic Devices. (2008) (Thesis Director)

     Oscar Coronado, PhD Finite Element Methods for Viscoelastic Fluid Flow Simulations: Formulations and Applications. (2008) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Shekhar Jain, PhD Molecular modeling of microstructure and thermodynamics of bulk and inhomogeneous polymer systems. (2009) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Michail Stamatakis, PhD Stochasticity and Cell Population Heterogeneity in an Artificial lac Operon Genetic Network. (2009) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Francisco Manuel Vargas Arreola, PhD Modeling of Asphaltene Precipitation and Arterial Deposition. (2009) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Betty Catalina Rostro-Kohanloo, PhD Manipulation and Biological Applications of Gold Nanorods. (2010) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Gautam Kini, PhD Bilayer approaches for nanoparticle phase transfer. (2011) (Thesis Co-Director)

     Shyam Kadali, Ph.D. Engineering the Structural Properties of Self-assembled Polymer/Nanoparticle Capsules. (2011) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Dichuan Li, PhD Paramagnetic particle assemblies as colloidal models for atomic and molecular systems. (2011) (Thesis Director)

     Jonathan Lo, MS Thermodynamics of Confined Colloids and Polymers. (2011) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Michael Cuchiara, PhD Microfabricated Poly (ethylene glycol) Based Hydrogels for Microvascular Tissue Engineering Applications. (2011) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Chris Emborski, PhD Molecular modeling the microstructure and thermodynamic properties of complex fluids. (2011) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Robert Li, Ph.D. Study of foam mobility control in surfactant enhanced oil recovery processes in 1-D, heterogeneous 2-D, and micro model systems. (2011) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Kai-Wei Liu, PhD Studying the Interactions of Biomolecular Assemblies with Surfaces Using the Microcantilever Sensor and Quartz Crystal Microbalance. (2011) (Thesis Director)

     Chang-Chun Lee, PhD Interactions of Amyloid-Forming Peptides with Lipid Bilayer Membranes. (2012) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Zheng Zheng Feng, PhD Multi-Scale Thermodynamic Modeling of Phase Behavior and Microstructure of Mixtures of Macro/Micro Molecules. (2012) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Jose Luis Lopez-Salinas, PhD Transport of Components and Phases in a Surfactant/Foam EOR Process for a Giant Carbonate Reservoir. (2012) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Jie Chou, PhD Optimization of Microfluidic, Point of Care, Flow-Through, Bead-Based Microarrays: Towards Affordable Healthcare. (2012) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Laura Strong, MS Poly(NIPAAm-co-AAm)-gold nanoshell composites for optically-triggered cancer therapeutic delivery. (2012) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Joseph Hoffmann, PhD Three-Dimensional Biomimetic Patterning to Guide Cellular Migration and Organization. (2012) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Charlisa Daniels, PhD Monitoring Transport at Interfaces of Tunable Soft Surfaces. (2012) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Natnael Nehabtu, PhD Dissolution, processing and fluid structure of graphene and carbon nanotube in superacids: The route toward high performance multifunctional materials. (2012) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Kun Ma, Ph.D. Transport of Surfactant and Foam in Porous Media for Enhanced Oil Recovery Processes. (2013) (Thesis Director)

     Nan Du, Ph.D. Microfluidic bio-nano-chip platforms for optimized immunoassay using 3D agarose bead-based biosensors. (2013) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Jinghui Wang, Ph.D. Characterization and Application of Immobilized Biomacromolecules using Microcantilever and QCM Sensors. (2014) (Thesis Director)

     Julie Byrom, Ph.D. Investigating the use of directed magnetic assembly to create tunable colloidal fractal aggregates and DNA-linked bead-spring chains. (2014) (Thesis Director)

     Kung-Po Chao, Ph.D. Interfacial Assembly of Nanoparticles with Soft Templates for Photovoltaic Applications. (2014) (Thesis Director)

     Hemtej Gullapalli, PhD Engineered Nanomaterials for Energy Harvesting and Storage Applications. (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Charles Conn, Ph.D. The characterization and visualization of multi-phase systems using microfluidic devices. (2014) (Thesis Director)

     Neelam Singh, Ph.D. New Designs and Architecture of Electrochemical Energy Storage Devices. (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Leyu Cui, Ph.D. Application of Foam for Mobility Control in Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Process. (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Christopher Dempsey, Ph.D. Adeno-associated virus capsid as a scaffold for metal binding and nanoparticle synthesis. (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Aditya Agrawal, Ph.D. Liquid Crystal Elastomer Based Novel Functional Materials. (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Francesca Mirri, Ph.D. Fluid phase processing of two and three dimensional structures from solutions of carbon nanotubes in chlorosulfonic acid. (2015) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Daniel Du, Ph.D. Colloidal Assemblies in Rotating Magnetic Fields. (2015) (Thesis Director)

     Colin Young, Ph.D. Flow of Carbon Nanotubes. (2015) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Yen-Tien Lu, Ph.D. Novel Anti-Reflective Coatings. (2015) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Brittany Rohrman, Ph.D. Isothermal Nucleic Acid Assays Based on Nucleic Acid Sequence Based Amplification (NASBA) and Recombinase Polymerase Amplification (RPA) for HIV-1 Diagnosis and Management in Low Resource Settings. (2015) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Aarthi Muthuswamy, Ph.D. Micellar Surfactant Solutions. (2015) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Yongchao Zeng, Ph.D. Foam for Enhanced Oil Recovery. (2016) (Thesis Director)

     Vida Jamali , Ph.D. Phase Behavior and Dynamics of Carbon Nanotube Liquid Crystals. (2016) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Monica Fahrenholtz, PhD Tissue Engineering Heart Valves. (2016) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Jingjing Zhao, Ph.D. Buckling of Colloidal Strings. (2016) (Thesis Director)

     Yu-Jiun Lin, Ph.D. Monitoring Asphaltene Deposition Using Microfluidic Channels. (2016) (Thesis Director)

     Yu Jun Leong, PhD Experiments To Characterize Atmospheric Nitrogen Chemistry And The Formation/ Evolution Of Particulate Matter In Houston, TX. (2017) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Luqing Qi, PhD Branched Polymer Additives for Improved EOR Processes. (2017) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Robert Pinnick, PhD Investigation into the Solidification State of Solution Processing Carbon Nanotubes into Fibers. (2017) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Amin Haghmoradi, PhD Molecular Modeling of Homogeneous and Inhomgeneous Systems. (2017) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Botao Farren Song , Ph.D. Novel Battery Materials. (2018) (Thesis Director)

     Chien Hsu, Ph.D. Paramagnetic Colloidal Swimmers. (2018) (Thesis Director)

     Daniel Vecchiolla, Ph.D. Bubble Dynamics. (2018) (Thesis Director)

     Zhao Tang, PhD Viscoelasticity measurement on carbon nanotube suspension by passive micro-rheology. (2018) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Ziyi Zhu, Ph.D. Confined Chain Dynamics. (2018) (Thesis Director)

     Steve Kuei, Ph.D. Coiling Dynamics of Flexible Filaments. (2018) (Thesis Director)

     Tao Deng, Ph.D. Nanoscale Wettability. (2018) (Thesis Director)

     Guoqing Michael Jian, Ph.D. CO2 Foam Recovery. (2018) (Thesis Director)

     Leilei Zhang, Ph.D. High Temperature EOR. (2018) (Thesis Director)

     Pengfei Patrick Dong, Ph.D. Mobility in Fractured Systems. (2018) (Thesis Director)

     Elaa Hilou , Ph.D. Colloidal Crystals. (2018) (Thesis Director)

     William Hardy, PhD Nanostructure Investigations of Nonlinear Differential Conductance in NdNiO3 Thin Films. (Thesis Committee Member)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Best Fundamental paper, South Texas Section AICHE (Oct 2014)

     ADNOC R&D Award, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Feb 2013)

     Best Applied Paper, South Texas Section AICHE (Oct 2013)

     Donald J. Nash Award, AAAS SWARM Annual Meeting (April 10, 2010)

     NSF Career Award, National Science Foundation (Dec 2009)

     ONR Young Investigator Award, Office of Naval Research (2007)