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Vivek Sharma, Ph. D.

Associate Professor

Department of Chemical Engineering


Building & Room:

252 EIB


929 W. Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60608

Office Phone:



FOOD & HEALTH: “Low Salt, Sugar, Fat & Plant-based” Lipids, Proteins, & Polysaccharides. Plant-based Meat & Dairy Alternatives.

AESTHETICS & BEAUTY: “Low or no VOCs & Plant-based” Surfactants, Pigments, & Polymers. Inks, Paints & Coatings. Cosmetics.

ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY: “Reduce non-biodegradable ingredients” Molecular & Macromolecular Engineering of Formulations.

Teaching interests & course offerings

Courses Offered in Spring 2024:

  • CHE 454 Molecular and Macromolecular Engineering
  • CHE 512 Microhydrodynamics
Transport Phenomena II ( Heat & Mass Transfer, UG, Juniors, Spring 2013-2019 & Fall 2019)CHE 301
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (UG, Juniors, Fall 2014)CHE 311
Transport Phenomena I (Fluid Mechanics, UG, Juniors, Spring 2020)CHE 494
Fizzics and Interfacial Phenomena (UG/ G (New Elective), Fall 2013, Spring 2016, Spring 2018)CHE 494 Molecular & Macromolecular Engineering (UG/G (New Elective) Spring 2019)CHE 410
Advanced Transport Phenomena (Momentum, Energy & Mass (inc. Charge) Transfer, G-core, Fall 2015- 2018)
Microhydrodynamics (G-core, Spring 2020)
Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering(G-core, Fall 2021)
Graduate Seminar Course (Fall 2015-2019 & Spring 2016-2019)
CHE 392 Undergraduate research (Every semester)

Selected Publications

  1. Merchiers, C. D. V. Martínez Narváez, C. Slykas, N.K. Reddy and V. Sharma*, Evaporation and rheology chart a processability map for centrifugal force spinning, Macromolecules,in press, 2021.
  2. C. Martinez Narvaez, X. Yu, C. Wang, R. Rock, H. Sun, and V. Sharma, “Rheology and pinching dynamics of Associative Polysaccharide Solutions”, Macromolecules,54, 6372-6288, 2021.
  3. S. Yilixiati, C. U. Ortiz^, and V. Sharma*, “Surface forces and stratification in foam films of bile salts”, Molecular Systems Design & Engineering, 6, 520-533, 2021.
  4. Macromolecular Relaxation, Strain and Extensibility Determine Elastocapillary Thinning and Extensional Viscosity of Polymer Solutions, J. Dinic and V. Sharma*, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(18), 8766-8774 (2019).

2. Spinodal Stratification in Ultrathin Micellar Foam Films, S. Yilixiati, E. Wojcik, Y. Zhang and V. Sharma*,  Molecular Systems Design & Engineering, 4, 626-638 (2019).
3. Extensional Relaxation Time, Pinch-off Dynamics and Printability of Semi-Dilute Polyelectrolyte Solutions, L. N. Jimenez, J. Dinic, N. Parsi and V. Sharma*, Macromolecules, 51, 5191-5208 (2018).
4. “Nanoscopic Terraces, Mesas, and Ridges in Freely Standing Thin Films Sculpted by Supramolecular Oscillatory Surface Forces ”, Y. Zhang, S. Yilixiati, C. Pearsall and V. Sharma*, ACS Nano, 10, 4678-4683 (2016).
5. Extensional Relaxation Times of Dilute Polymer Solutions, J. Dinic, Y. Zhang, L. N. Jimenez and V. Sharma*, ACS MacroLetters, 4, 804-808 (2015).

Link to the complete list

Service to Community

Chair, Membership Committee, APS GSOFT (2016-2020); Helped in GSOFT-DSOFT transition!

Membership Committee & Social Media Chair, Society of Rheology (2017-)

Programming Committee, Area 1J: Fluids, AIChE (2017-)

Education Committee, APS: DPOLY (2018-)

Notable Honors

2015, Distinguished Young Rheologist Award, TA Instruments

2017, COE Teaching Award, University of Illinois at Chicago

2017, HOPE (Honoring Our Professor’s Excellence) Award, University of Illinois at Chicago

2019, 3M Nontenured Faculty Award (3M NFTA), 3M

2023, John H. Dillon Medal, American Physics Society


Post-doctoral Research, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. 2008-2012

Ph. D., Polymer Science &Engineering with Minor in Physics, Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), Georgia Institute of Technology, 2003-2008

M. S. in Chemical Engineering with Minor in Nonlinear Dynamics & Chaos, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA. 2004-2006

M.S. in Polymer Science, University of Akron, Akron, OH. 2001-2003

B.Tech. in Textile Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India. 1997-2001

Professional Memberships

Member: American Physical Society (DPOLY, DFD & GSOFT), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), American Chemical Society (ACS), Society of Rheology (SOR), Adhesion Society, Society of Plastic Engineers.

Selected Presentations


  1. “Stretched Polymer Physics, Extensional Rheology and Free Surface Flows”, APS March Meeting, 2022 .
  2. “Molecular and Macromolecular Engineering of Cosmetics”, ECI Advances in Cosmetics Formulation Design II, Durham, NC. July 2022.
  3. “Micellar Size, Shape and Interactions Determine Thermodynamics of Stratification in Foam Films”, Midwest Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Madison, WI. June 2021.
  4. “Stratification in Micellar Foam Films”, PPSM seminar series, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. 2021.
  5. “Stretched Polymer Physics, Extensional Rheology and Free Surface Flows”, Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, CA. January 2020.
  6. [GRC} “Stickiness, Elasticity and Extensional Rheology”, Gordon Research Conference on Adhesion. July 2019.
  7. [Plenary] “Molecular and Macromolecular Engineering of Foams: Drainage Kinetics and Rheology”, International Symposium on Food Rheology and Structure, Zurich, June 2019

Research Currently in Progress

Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits