Patrick T Underhill
Office: RCKTTS 132
B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2001, Washington University
B.S. Physics, 2001, Washington University
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 2006, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Postdoctoral: 2006-2008, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Complex fluids, Coarse-grained simulations, Microfluidics, Biopolymers, Swimming microorganisms
In our lab, we study materials called complex fluids, encompassing things as diverse as polymer solutions, colloidal suspensions, biomaterials and active materials. The term complex fluid includes everyday materials like paints, food, and plastics as well as biological systems like DNA, the interior of cells, and the extracellular matrix. A unifying theme among these systems is that microstructure influences the macroscopic behavior. We understand these materials and develop new applications through use of experimental, theoretical, and computational methods.