Photo of Sharma, Vivek

Vivek Sharma, Ph. D.

Associate Professor

Department of Chemical Engineering


Building & Room:

252 EIB


945 W. Taylor St, MC 110, Chicago, IL 60607

Office Phone:

(312) 996-5711


Research Interests

Rheology & Processability, DoS rheometry, Polymer Physics

Fizzics (Bubbles, drops, jets, emulsions & foams), Biophysics

Structural Color, Adhesion, Food Science, Molecular Engineering.


Courses Offered

CHE 312 Transport phenomena II (Juniors, Spring 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & Fall 2019)

CHE 301 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (Juniors, Fall 2014)

CHE 494 Fizzics and Interfacial Phenomena (Fall 2013, Spring 2016, Spring 2018)

CHE 494 Molecular and Macromolecular Engineering (Fall 2013, Spring 2016, Spring 2018)

CHE 410 Advanced Transport Phenomena (Fall 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

CHE 392 Undergraduate research (every semester)

Detailed course outlines

Selected Publications

  1. 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 Sciences116(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

Notable Honors

2015, Distinguished Young Rheologist Award, TA Instruments

2017, COE Teaching Award, University of Illinois at Chicago

2019, 3M Nontenured Faculty Award, 3M


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

Ph. D., Polymer Science & Eng. with Minor in Physics, Materials Science and Eng., Georgia Tech. 2003-2008

M. S. in Chemical Engineering with Minor in Nonlinear Dynamics & Chaos, Georgia Tech. 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