Doctoral candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Minor in Mathematics
Advisor: Prof. Gareth McKinley
research involves the study of viscoelastic interfaces, their rheology
and their influence on bulk material properties, using
interfacial, bulk as
well as microfluidic rheological techniques. Fractional calculus
constitutive equations are used to model the power-law and anomalous
behavior often exhibited by viscoelastic interfaces and bulk materials
alike. Extensional flow fields are also of interest to me, and I am
involved in the NASA SHERE II
experiement, in which extensional properties of polymeric materials are
investigated in the Microgravity Science Glovebox aboard the
International Space Station.
More recently, I am
exploring the extensional properties of Hyaluronic acid in a
modified cross-slot device, in collaboration with Dr. Simon Haward, a post-doctoral research scientist at MIT. Please go here for more information on the cross-slot device.
1) V. Sharma, A. Jaishankar, Y-C. Wang and G. H. McKinley, Rheology
of globular proteins: apparent yield stress, high shear rate viscosity
and interfacial viscoelasticity of bovine serum albumin solutions, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 5150-5160
2) A. Jaishankar, V. Sharma and G. H. McKinley, Interfacial viscoelasticity, yielding and creep ringing of globular protein–surfactant mixtures, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 7623-7634
3) A. Jaishankar and G. H. McKinley,
Power-law creep and the concept of quasi-properties in describing bulk
and interfacial rheology of complex fluids: a fractional calculus
approach, in preparation
4) N. Holten-Andersen, A.
Jaishankar, M. Harrington, D. Fullerkamp, V. Dimarco, L. He, G. H.
McKinley, P. B. Messersmith and K. Y. C. Lee, Metal-tuned mechanics of bio-inspired polymer networks, in preparation
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