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Vivek Sharma, Ph. D.

Associate Professor

Department of Chemical Engineering


Building & Room:

252 EIB


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

Office Phone:

(312) 996-5711


Fall 2020 Courses:

  • CHE 311 Transport Phenomena

Research Interests

Rheology & Processability, DoS rheometry, Polymer Physics,

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

Structural Color, Adhesion & Wetting, Food Science, Molecular Engineering.


Courses Offered

CHE 312 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)
CHE 512 Microhydrodynamics (G-core, Spring 2020)
CHE 595 Graduate Seminar Course (Fall 2015-2019 & Spring 2016-2019)
CHE 392 Undergraduate research (Every semester)

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 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


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. [GRC]: “Stretched Polymer Physics, Extensional Rheology and Free Surface Flows”, Gordon Research Conference on Polymer Physics. July 2020.
  2. “Molecular and Macromolecular Engineering of Cosmetics”, ECI Advances in Cosmetics Formulation Design II, Durham, NC. July 2020.
  3. “Micellar Size, Shape and Interactions Determine Thermodynamics of Stratification in Foam Films”, Midwest Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Madison, WI. June 2020.
  4. “Stratification in Micellar Foam Films”, PPSM seminar series, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. March 2020.
  5. “Stretched Polymer Physics, Extensional Rheology and Free Surface Flows”, Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, CA. January 2020.
  6. “Stretched Polymer Physics, Extensional Rheology and Free Surface Flows”, Compflu-2019, Bhopal, India. December 2020.
  7. “Pinch-off Dynamics, Rheology and Printability of Polyelectrolyte Solutions”, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, November 2019.
  8. [GRC} “Stickiness, Elasticity and Extensional Rheology”, Gordon Research Conference on Adhesion. July 2019.
  9. “Stretched Polymer Physics, Pinch-off Dynamics, and Printability of Polymeric Complex Fluids”, 2019 Materials Science Lecture Series, University of Hasselt, Belgium, July 2019.
  10. [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