Dr. Fardin Khabaz
Assistant Professor of Polymer Engineering and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Departments of Polymer Engineering and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Dr. Fardin Khabaz will join the Department of Polymer Engineering and Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The University of Akron in January 2020. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University (2016) and has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology (2011). Before joining The University of Akron, Dr. Khabaz used particle simulations and finite element methods to understand the rheological and mechanical properties of different materials ranging from dilute to jammed suspensions and solid networks in his postdoctoral appointment at the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, and as a Visiting Scientist at École supérieure de physique et de chimie industrielles (ESPCI) de la Ville de Paris, he performed experiments to investigate rheology of soft particle glasses. During his Ph.D. studies at Texas Tech University, he employed atomistically-detailed and coarse-grained molecular simulations to model and characterize thermal, structural, and rheological properties of polymeric nanocomposites, gels, and polymer modified bitumen.
We are interested in the structure-property relationships in complex fluids particularly (i) multiphase systems and (ii) advanced materials that are recyclable and biofriendly. Microstructure, dynamics, and flow of complex fluids, such as polymers and suspensions, are dramatically different from the bulk at interphases. One of the challenges in polymer and suspensions processing is to identify the primary mechanism of slip and effect of molecular additives on the dynamics and flow at interfaces. Characterizing the factors that control the flowability of the complex fluids provides detailed insights to optimize their processing. The Khabaz research group focuses on employing various simulation techniques (from atomistically-detailed simulations to particles dynamics) to design predictive tools to control the flow and dynamics in fluid-fluid and fluid-surface in polymers and pastes.
Due to increasing usage of plastics in daily life, the design of polymeric networks that are easy to recycle and biofriendly is of great interest. The efficient design of these materials requires detailed knowledge of the molecular interactions, which influence their microstructure, dynamics, and their response to external stimuli.
We use simulation tools and mathematical modeling to tackle these problems. The current research topics are (1) dynamics of multiphase polymer melts, (2) flow of polymers in confinement, and (3) in silico design of dynamics/biodegradable polymeric networks.
- Kadulkar, S.; Banerjee, D.; Khabaz, F.; Ganesan, V.; Truskett, T. and Bonnecaze, R. T.; “Influence of morphology of colloidal nanoparticle gels on ion transport and rheology”, J. Chem. Phys. 150 (21), 214903, 2019.
- Khabaz, F. and Khare, R.; “Temperature Dependence of Rheological Properties of Asphalt: Application of Time-Temperature-Superposition Principle”, J. Rheol., 62, 941, 2018.
- Khabaz, F.; Liu, T.; Cloitre, M. and Bonnecaze, R. T.; “Shear-Induced Crystallization in Jammed Soft Particle Glasses”, Phys. Rev. Fluids, 2, 93301, 2017.
- Khabaz, F.; Mani, S. and Khare, R., “Molecular Origins of Dynamic Coupling between Water and Hydrated Polyacrylate Gels”, Macromolecules, 49 (19), 7551-7562, 2016.