Nicolas Alvarez

Assistant Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering

Nicolas Alvarez

Assistant Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering

Degrees / Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Danish Polymer Center, Technical University of Denmark, September 2011-September 2014
  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Florida

Research Interests

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

Academic Distinctions

  • 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)

Select 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.