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.
The effect of resin-rich layers on mechanical properties of 3D printed woven fiber-reinforced composites
Fundamental Studies and Engineering of Supersaturation Gradients for Solution-Phase Crystallization of Perovskite Photovoltaics
Investigation of Dynamic Colloidal Thin Film Microstructure Using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS)
Correlating the particle connectivity of different thickness electrodes on its electrode performance using 1-dimension pair distribution function
Nonlinear Shear and Uniaxial Extensional Rheology of Polyether-ester-sulfonate Copolymer Ionomer Melts
Linear Viscoelastic and Dielectric Relaxation Response of Unentangled UPy-Based Supramolecular Networks
Co-advised by Dr. Maureen Tang
Correlating Processing Conditions to Short- and Long-Range Order in Coating and Drying Lithium-Ion Batteries
Characterizing Long-chain Branching in Commercial HDPE Samples via Linear Viscoelasticity and Extensional Rheology
Three-Dimensional Visualization of Conductive Domains in Battery Electrodes with Contrast-Enhancing Nanoparticles
The Evolution of Crystalline Structures During Gel Spinning of Ultra-high Molecular Weight Polyethylene Fibers
Novel Processing Apparatus to Control Multiscale Morphology in Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene Fibers
Exploring the gel phase of cationic glycylalanylglycine in ethanol/water. II. Spectroscopic, kinetic and thermodynamic studies
Exploring the gel phase of cationic glycylalanylglycine in ethanol/water. I. Rheology and microscopy studies
Concentration Dependence of a Hydrogel Phase Formed by the Deprotonation of the Imidazole Side Chain of Glycylhistidylglycine
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