Hi, I'm Sid
I love to explore, dance, meet new people. I did my growing up in Dubai, my undergraduate studies in chemical engineering in UDCT, Mumbai and my integrated Phd., here in CCNY, New York City. My favorite subject of study growing up was physics. Its aspects of breaking down complex phenomena into simple theory and models fascinated me; and I became good at it. In hindsight, it is the reason why I chose to do a doctoral degree with a thesis focus of suspension rheology. I am currently in my fifth and final year of my Phd. at the Levich institute (City College of New York); an institute which housed several greats of my field (Benjamin Levich, Andreas Acrivos, Morton Denn and currently my research advisor, Jeffery Morris).
My research topic focuses on size effects in complex matter flows (emulsions, suspensions etc.). Using simulation tools (Discreet Element Modelling, Lattice Boltzmann Method among others), modelling (emperical, constitutive and some fundamental based) and experiments (using the state of the art- ARES G2 rheometer) we studied the effect of polydispersity on concentrated slurry flows. The applications of this work are diverse, ranging from flow assurance to food texture and processing. Our particular motivation however was to understand the rheology of the nuclear waste at the Hanford sites which had much more intricacies than just being polydisperse. Working in close collaboration with the Dr. Jaehun Chun at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory which involved bi-weekly Skype meetings, conferences, academic papers and the occasional visits we were able to make significant breakthroughs in understanding systematically the rheology and process-ability of such a diverse systems exhibiting a wide range of physics. With Dr. Jaehun Chuns expertise in DLVO and non-DLVO forces and Prof. Jeffrey Morris expertise in fundamental rheology, we made attempts to bridge the gap between short range colloidal forces to macroscopic flow behavior and in doing so taught me greatly about both worlds.
During the course of my PhD. I took upon several other projects such as shear induced migration/segregation, sedimentation, shear thickening etc (click on the research tab for a more detailed list). Not only did it help gain a more holistic understanding of the field it honed my problem solving skill and the ability to tackle problems using different approaches.
As a soon to be graduating PhD, I look forward to contribute productively using the simulation, modeling and experimental skills I've gained over these years to whatever comes next!