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Our primary research interests are micro-scale fluid dynamics and transport phenomena, with applications in soft matter, complex fluids, and biophysics. Current research projects include:

  1. Interfacial Rheology: novel strategies to detect, model and engineer fluid interfacial dynamics to manipulate the stability of foams and emulsions
    Published work: Influence of interfacial rheology on viscous fingering, J. Li & H. Manikantan, Phys. Rev. Fluids 6, 074001
  2. Neurovascular Transport: identifying fundamental signatures of cellular degradation via microscale configurational dynamics of neuronal biopolymers
    Published work: Flow-Induced Buckling of Elastic Microfilaments with Non-Uniform Bending Stiffness, T. Nguyen & H. Manikantan, Frontiers in Soft Matter, 2, 977729 (2023).
  3. Membrane Hydrodynamics: exploring fundamental aspects of sorting and assembling motor proteins in vesicular membranes via nontrivial collective dynamics
    Published work: Hydrodynamic aggregation of membrane inclusions due to non-Newtonian surface rheology, Physics of Fluids, 35, 063110 (2023).