Professor Matteo Pasquali is the A.J. Hartsook Professor and a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, and Materials Science and NanoEngineering. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Professor Pasquali directs the laboratory of cf2 (complex flows of complex fluids). The laboratory studies the interaction of flow and liquid micro- and nano-structure in complex fluids, with a focus on the processing of multi-functional materials and the manufacturing of soft conductors, particularly based on Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene. The laboratory targets applications in energy transmission and harvesting, biomedicine, petroleum, aerospace, and defense. The cf2 group has made fundamental and applied advances on the manufacturing of CNT and graphene fibers, thin films, coatings, and foams, the behavior of liquid crystalline phases of CNTs and graphene, the dynamics of individual CNTs in fluids and confined environments, the interaction of CNTs with electromagnetic fields, the effect of flow on flexible and semi-flexible molecules, the mechanics of blood cells in blood pumps, the rheology of attractive emulsions, and the application of finite elements, large-scale parallel computing, and thermodynamics projections in modeling flows of complex fluids occurring in microfluidics, coating, ink-jet printing, medical devices, and material processing.
Current research focuses on the manufacturing and performance of CNT fibers and films, the liquid phase behavior and flow of CNTs, graphene, and graphene oxide solutions, the formation of 3D solid structures (foams and sponges) of CNTs and graphene, the dynamics and detection of CNTs in porous media (with application to oil sensing, oil recovery, and nanomedicine), the dynamics of viscoelastic filaments in the presence of wetting forces, and various applications of CNT fibers to field emission, data cables, power transmission, thermal management, and medicine. Professor Pasquali and his students have started companies focused on medical applications of CNT fibers and smart CNT materials.