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University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Complex Fluids and Multiphase Flows

Complex fluids are fluidic mixtures featuring multiple phases and mesoscopic length scales, and include atmospheric aerosols, polymeric solutions and colloidal suspensions. An exciting feature of many complex fluids is their unusual response to external stimulus, such as thermal, chemical, mechanical, electrical or inertial forcing. The intricate dynamics observed in complex fluids, if well understood, can be engineered for numerous applications.

Our group's research interests are in fundamental studies of the dynamics, bifurcations and patterning of complex fluids and multiphase flows, with a specific focus on environmental remediation. Using laboratory experimental techniques and analytic mathematical modeling, we explore such areas as the thermodynamics of electrolyte-containing atmospheric aerosols, fluid dynamics and rheology of polymeric solutions, and electrohydrodynamics of colloidal suspensions.


Feb 2017: Professor Dutcher was awarded the University of Minnesota's McKnight Land-Grant Professorship. The award highlights the outstanding work on Atmospheric Aerosol Thermodynamics by Dutcher lab members Andrew Metcalf, Hallie Boyer, Lucy Nandy, Shweta Narayan and Peter Ohm. Congrats to all!

Jan 2017: Professor Dutcher and graduate students Hallie Boyer, Athena Metaxas, and Nikolas Wilkinson had a blast volunteering at the Energy and U! 3rd - 6th grade outreach shows at the University of Minnesota. Segments of Prof. Dutcher's performances were featured our local Channel 5 News.

Jan 2017: Dr. Archit Dani joined our group as a new Postdoc. Archit earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering from City University of New York. Welcome Archit!

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Contact Information:

Prof. Cari S. Dutcher
University of Minnesota
Mechanical Engineering Department
111 Church St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Office: 111 Mechanical Engineering
e-mail: cdutcher at umn dot edu
Phone: 612-624-0428