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Nicolas J. Alvarez

Nicolas Alvarez
Office: CAT 380-B
Phone: 215-571-4120
Website: Research Group Website
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Postdoctoral Fellow, Danish Polymer Center, Technical University of Denmark, September 2011-September 2014; PhD, Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA; BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Selected Awards

AIChE Fluid Dynamics (01J) First Place Postdoctoral Poster Award (2012)
The Ken Meyer Award for Excellence in Graduate Research (2011)
AIChE Fluid Dynamics (01J) First Place Graduate Student Poster Award (2010)
Geoffrey D. Parfitt Memorial Award (2010)
Mark Dennis Karl Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award (2010)
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2006)

Research Interests

Photonic Crystal Defect Chromatography
Extensional rheology of polymer/polymer composites
Surfactant/polymer transport to fluid and solid interfaces
Aqueous lubrication
Interfacial Instabilities

Selected Publications

Alvarez, N. J.; Marin, J. M. R.; Huang, Q.; Hassager, O. Creep Measurements Confirm Existence of Steady State after Maximum in Extension of Branched Polymers. PRL 2013, 110(16), 168301.

Huang, Q.; Alvarez, N. J.; Matsumiya, Y.; Rasmussen, H. K.; Watanabe, H.; Hassager, O. Extensional Rheology of Entangled Polystyrene Solutions Suggests Importance of Nematic Interactions. ACS Macro Letters 2013, 2(8), 741-744.

Alvarez, N. J.; Anna, S. L.; Saigal, T.; Tilton, R. D.; Walker, L. M. Interfacial dynamics and rheology of polymer-grafted nanoparticles at air-water and xylene-water interfaces. Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids 2012, vol. 28, no. 21, pp. 8052.

Alvarez, N. J.; Vogus, D. R.; Walker, L. M.; Anna, S. L. Using bulk convection in a microtensiometer to approach kinetic-limited surfactant dynamics at fluid-fluid interfaces. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 2012, vol. 372, no. 1, pp. 183.

Alvarez, N. J.; Walker, L. M.; Anna, S. L. The Effect of Alkane Tail Length of CiE8 Surfactants on Transport to the Silicone Oil-Water Interface. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 2011, 355, 231-236.

Alvarez, N. J.; Walker, L. M.; Anna, S. L. Diffusion-limited Adsorption to a Spherical Geometry: The Impact of Curvature and Competitive Timescales. Physical Review E 2010, 82, (1). Highlighted: Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology, August 2, 2010

Alvarez, N. J.; Walker, L. M.; Anna, S. L. A non-gradient based algorithm for the determination of surface tension from a pendant drop: Application to low Bond number drop shapes. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 2009, 333, 557-562.