It has been a few years since I have written anything on this blog. There are reasons… But this year I am on sabbatical leave, so perhaps I will get back to posting regularly. I’m spending the first two months of my leave working with Simon Rogers in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Simon has lots of good ideas about things rheological which I would like to understand better. So far, I’m getting involved in a couple of projects with Simon’s grad students relating to thixotropic suspensions and gelation. I’m also pursuing an idea of my own, which ties in nicely with some of Simon’s work. Time will tell if it’s a good idea, or not, but it is so nice to have the time to work on it!
Our new MCR 302 rheometer was installed this week, and we were all trained in how to use it by Jean-Francois and Melina. Here’s Nirosh having a close look at the instrument.
Fourth-year students Rob Cianfarani and Adam Fortais give talks on their honors thesis projects this week. Adam talked about his work on developing a non-Newtonian blood mimicking fluid, which was co-supervised by John de Bruyn ad Tammy Poepping. Rob talked about his analysis of neutron scattering data on hydrogels made from polymer blends. His project was co-supervised by John and Jeff Hutter. Congratulations to both on finishing your theses and on your nice talks!
We had a visit from Santa at the Department’s Christmas lunch last month. This made Yang very happy! Photo by Henry.
Grace Ge successfully defended her Master’s thesis this afternoon.Her thesis was entitled “Rheology of solutions of polyisoprene and polyisoprene-carbon nanotube composites.”
John has been appointed to the Editorial Board of Physical Review Letters, the premier journal for rapid publication of important new research results in all areas of physics. John will serve a three-year term as Divisional Associate Editor for Fluid Dynamics, starting Nov. 1.
John has an asteroid named after him! The International Astronomical Union has named asteroids after the Chairs of the
Departments of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Western Ontario dating back to 1989, John included. Paul Wiegert, a faculty member in our department who discovers asteroids for a living, proposed this, so thanks a lot, Paul! If you want to know everything there is to know about my asteroid, go to http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi and search for de Bruyn.