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Rheology of Viscoelastic Materials and Liquid Crystals.

Liquid Crystal Deforming Under Electric Field

In the computational front, one of the most interesting and important area is numerical analysis of the flow of complex fluids. The generic name ‘complex fluid’ encompasses a broad class of materials such as polymer solutions and melts, colloidal suspensions, active or passive polymer gels, liquid crystalline materials, surfactant solutions, emulsions, foams and even some granular materials or fine powders. The studies involving complex materials are important because they can lead to interesting applications related to the advanced smart materials. One of our present objectives is to develop computational and experimental methodologies that can explore the characteristics of the mesoscopic systems composed of liquid crystals, polymers, biofluids, and complex active materials.