Dr.   Ali     Dhinojwala

Dr. Ali Dhinojwala

Director; H.A. Morton Professor
Department of Polymer Science
Phone: 330-972-6246
Email: ali4@uakron.edu

Dr. Dhinojwala's Research Group Website



  • 1994 Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University
  • 1986 B.Tech., Chemical Eng., Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India

Research Interests

Spectroscopic techniques to study structure and dynamics at surfaces and interfaces; relationship between adhesion, adhesion hysterisis, and friction; structure and dynamics of molecules in confined geometry; surface melting and surface freezing; developing synthetic adhesives using aligned carbon nanotubes inspired by Gecko foothairs; electrical and optical applications of aligned carbon nanotubes.

Contact Information

Dr. Ali Dhinojwala
The University of Akron
Department of Polymer Science
Akron, Ohio 44325-3909

Email: ali4@uakron.edu
Voice: (330) 972-6246
Fax: (330) 972-5290

Recent Publications

  • Ocko, B.; Dhinojwala, A.; Dalliant, J. "Comment on How Water Meets an Hydrophobic Surface" Phys. Rev. Lett. 2008, 101, 039601.
  • Niewiarowski, P.; Lopez, S.; Ge, L.; Hagan, E.; Dhinojwala, A. "Sticky Gecko Feet-The Role of Temperature and Humidity" 2008, PLoS One, 3, e2192.
  • Prasad, S.; Jiang, Z.; Sinha, S.; Dhinojwala, A. "Partial Crystallinity in Alkyl Side Chain Polymers Dictates Surface Freezing" accepted for publication in Phys. Rev. Lett.
  • Sethi, S.; Ge, L.; Ci, L. Ajayan, P. M. ; Dhinojwala, A. "Gecko-Inspired Carbon Nanotube-Based Self-Cleaning Adhesives" Nano letters 2008, 8, 822-825.
  • Li, G; Prasad, S.; Dhinojwala, A. "Dynamic Interfacial Tension at the Oil/Surfactant-water Interface" Langmuir, 2007, 23, 9929-9932.
  • Ge, L.; Sethi, S.; Ci, L.; Ajayan, P.M.; Dhinojwala, A. "Carbon Nanotube-Based Synthetic Gecko Tapes" Proc Natl Acad Sci 2007, 104, 10792-10795.
  • Yurdumakan, B.; Nanjundiah, K.; Harp, G. P.; Dhinojwala, A. "Origin of Higher Friction for Elastomers Sliding on Glassy Polymers" J. Phys. Chem. C 2007, 111, 960-965.
  • Harp, G.P.; Rangwalla, H.; Yeganeh, M. S.; Dhinojwala, A. "Coupling of Interfacial Motion at Polystyrene-Alkane Interface" Macromolecules 2006, 39, 7464-7466.
  • Prasad, S, Hanne, L.; Dhinojwala, A. "Surface Segregation Induced by Surface Freezing" Macromolecules 2006, 39, 7467-7470.