Podcast: How Complex Fluids Behave in Outer Space

August 2013

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Professor Boris Khusid of NJIT, who is also the editor of the ASME Journal of Nanotechnology in Engineering and Medicine and member of the ASME NanoEngineering Council, was recently selected by NASA for studies that will be conducted aboard the International Space Station to help investigate how complex fluids and macromolecules behave in microgravity. These studies will result in knowledge that provides a foundation upon which other NASA researchers and engineers can build approaches to problems confronting human exploration of space or that translate into new applications on Earth.

The project team includes researches from several U.S. and non-U.S. institutions. Dr. Emily S. Nelson, Senior Research Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center and Mr. Christopher C. Sheehan, ZIN Technologies, Cleveland, OH will work with NJIT researchers on the design and testing of hardware for ISS experiments. Prof. Hartmut Löwen, Universität Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany; Prof. Margarida Maria Telo da Gama, University of Lisbon, Portugal; and Prof. Anand Yethiraj, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, will work with NJIT researchers on the development of a multi-scale theory for modeling colloidal processes in a non-uniform electric field.

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