Welcome to the website of the Complex Fluids Laboratory (CFL)
The common theme of the research group, Complex Fluids Laboratory, is to understand the complex flow behavior
of fluids. We are particularly interested in foams, emulsions, biological fluids, and fluids containing nanoparticles.
The ultimate goal is to develop novel, scalable techniques for processing complex fluids into multifunctional,
high performance articles.
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- 6/12/2017 - Congratulate Sahil on successfully defending his PhD thesis.
- 9/4/2016 - Congratulate Erik on publishing in Biophysical Journal - "Direct Tracking of Particles and Quantification of Margination in Blood Flow".
- 7/28/2016 - Congratulate Alan and Sahil on being named inaugural Anton Paar Fellows. Link 1 & Link 2.
- 7/28/2016 - Prof. Anson Ma and group partners with Anton Paar on developing the next-generation rheometers. Link 1 & Link2.
- 7/13/2016 - Prof. Anson Ma and colleagues receive UConn Academic Plan Grant ($300,000) to develop a custom-built inkjet printing platform for electronics manufacturing. Link .
- 6/24/2016 - Congratulate Yang on publishing in Rapid Prototyping Journal - "Inkjet and Inkjet-based 3D Printing: Connecting Fluid Properties and Printing Performance".
- 3/2/2016 - Prof. Anson Ma receives Non-tenured Faculty Award from 3M. Link
- 2/11/2016 - Prof. Anson Ma represents UConn to serve on the Technical Council of NextFlex - national flexible electronics manufacturing institute. Link
- 2/11/2016 - Prof. Anson Ma and Sahil Vora publish a book chapter on "Understanding the phase behavior, rheology and processing of carbon nanotube suspensions" in Carbon Nanotechnology by One Central Press. Link
- 1/13/2016 - Congratulate Sahil on winning a GE fellowship.
- 1/6/2016 - Prof. Anson Ma and colleagues publish in Macromolecules - "Relationship of extensional viscosity and liquid crystalline transition to length distribution in carbon nanotube solutions.". Link
- 1/5/2016 - Prof. Anson Ma and team publish in Review of Scientific Instruments - "Controlling system components with a sound card: A versatile inkjet fluid testing platform". Link
Funding Support (Since Fall 2011)
as PI, co-PI, or named investigator with major participation. Research: $1.21M; Instrument: $818,398; Education: $1.26M
- 2016 – 2018: Developing Next-Generatoon Rheometers Anton Paar
- 2016 – 2017: Pushing the Envelope of Inkjet and 3D Printing 3M Corporation
- 2016 – 2017: GE Fellowship: Interfacial rheology of carbon nanotubes (Sahil Vora)
- 2015 - 2017: Selective Laser Sintering Test Bed for Additive Manufacuring: UConn Academic Proposal Grant PI: Xu Chen; Co-PI: Rainer Hebert
- 2015 - 2016: Printing Flexible Electronics: United Technologies Research Center
- 2015 - 2016: 3D Printing Polymers: TE Connectivity
- 2015 - 2017: 3D Printing Human Intestine Models: CT Regenerative Medicine Grant
- 2015 - 2016: Composites Manufacturing: Pratt and Whitney (PI: Accorsi)
- 2014 – 2015: Resin characterization Phase I (co-PI: Suib, Sun and Parnas) & Phase II (PI): GKN Aerospace
- 2014 – 2015: UConn Internal Faculty Large Grant: Developing a High-Resolution Inkjet Printer for Additive Manufacturing.
- 2014 – 2015: GE Fellowship: 3-D Printing of High-performance Polymer Composites (Huseini Patanwala).
- 2013 – 2018: NSF CAREER Award: Understanding the Interfacial Rheology of Carbon Nanotubes at the Fluid-Fluid Interfaces for Creating Ultra-stable Emulsions and Microcapsules (CBET Fluid Dynamics). $400,000
- 2013 – 2016: NSF MRI: Acquisition of a State-of-the-Art Small Angle X-Ray Scattering (SAXS) Instrument for Research and Education (DMR). (PI-Nieh, Cole, Adamson) $568,398
- 2013 - 2014: Manufacturing Technical Assistance Program, Office of Economic Development, University of Connecticut (2 grants with Jonal Laboratories and Foster Corporation).
- 2012: TA Instruments: Distinguished Young Rheologist Instrument Grant.
- 2012 – 2014: NSF EAGER Award: Understanding the Flow Dynamics and Transport of Nanoparticles in Simulated Tumor Blood Flows for Improved Cancer Treatment.$150,000
- 2012 – 2015: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (Erik Carboni).
- 2012 – 2013: UConn Provost’s General Education Course Enhancement Grant (co-PI: Mustain and Burkey).
- 2011 – 2012: UConn Internal Faculty Large Grant.