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Nicolas Alvarez

Primary Investigator

Nicolas J. Alvarez earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida in 2006 and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2011. After three years of postdoctoral work at the Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby, he joined the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Drexel as an Assistant Professor in 2014. 

His lab develops experimental tools to characterize the behavior of polymers and surfactants in nonlinear flows, at interfaces, and in bulk. These tools are used to understand how certain processing windows lead to advantageous material properties. One such tool, used for the characterization of extensional rheology, has been commercialized by Alvarez and colleagues. 

To support research goals, Alvarez is developing a consortium of companies to develop analytical tools to better understand the relationship between chemical structure, processing, and material performance. To prepare Drexel students for real-world engineering problems, Alvarez teaches an elective course on non-Newtonian fluid mechanics to introduce students to materials encountered in modern-day chemical plants.

Staff

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Thamires Lima

Assistant Research Professor
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Heedong Yoon

Postdoctoral Researcher

Students

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Mohanad Idrees

Ph.D. Candidate

Co-advisor
Dr. Palmese

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Amir Azimi

Ph.D. Candidate
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Ahmed Ibrahim

Ph.D. Candidate

Co-advisor
Dr. Palmese

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Ann Aisling

Ph.D. Candidate
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Nichole O'Neill

Ph.D. Candidate

Co-advisor
Dr. Schweitzer-Stenner

Jesse Starger

Jesse Starger

Ph.D. Candidate

Co-advisor
Dr. Cairncross

Yao Zhou

Yao Zhou

Ph.D. Candidate
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Emre Baburoglu

Ph.D. Candidate

Co-advisor
Dr. Tang

Shihao Pan

Shihao Pan

Ph.D. Candidate

Co-advisor
Dr. Tang

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Rachel Coler

Ph.D. Candidate

Alumni

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Aamir Shabbir

Ph.D.
Samantha Morelly

Samantha Morelly

Ph.D.
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Christopher Henry

Ph.D.
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Lavenia Thursch

Ph.D.
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Zachary Hinton

Ph.D.

Masters Students

Matthew Cordia

MS

Moein Taghvaei

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Thamer Rawah

MS

Renee Saraka

MS

Undergraduate Students

Thu Tran

BS

Livia Cilleruelo Fernández del Moral

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Hannah Downey

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Shayaan Husain

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Simon Vo

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Joshua Baboff

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Adil Zeinullayev

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Seamus Kelly

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Clayton Francis

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Anna Gargano

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Simon Vo

BS

Yen La

BS

James Heinzman

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Julian Adams

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Andrew McBride

BS

Marc Hidalgo-Rubio

BS

Mohamed Ahmed

BS

Glen Neiman

BS

Tavian Cooks

BS

Todd Lewis

BS

Emma Saloky

BS

Former Staff

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Rondes Torrin

Postdoctoral Researcher
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Saisy Esthappan

Postdoctoral Researcher
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Joy Baxter

Postdoctoral Researcher
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Ganesh Narayanan

Postdoctoral Researcher
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Kamran Makarian

Postdoctoral Researcher