Levich Institute Seminar Announcement, 04/24/2012
Tuesday, 04/24/2012
2:00 PM
Steinman Hall, Room #312
(Chemical Engineering Conference Room)

Professor Satish Kumar
University of Minnesota
Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

"Transferring Liquid From One Surface to Another: The Interfacial Engineering of Printing Processes "


High-speed printing processes are a leading technology for the large-scale manufacture of a new generation of nanoscale and microscale devices. Central to all printing processes is the transfer of liquid from one surface to another, a seemingly simple unit operation that is still not well-understood. We will discuss how theory and experiment can be successfully employed to shed light on the mechanics of liquid transfer. The insights gained suggest strategies for engineering the interfacial behavior that lies at the heart of the liquid transfer operation.

  • 1998: PhD, ChE, Stanford University (Advisor: Prof. G. M. Homsy)
  • 1998 - 1999: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Laboratoire de Physique Statistique, Ecole Normale Superieure (Paris, France) Advisor: Prof. S. Fauve
  • 1999 - 2000: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan Advisor: Prof. R. G. Larson
  • 2001 - Present: Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota Current positions: -Professor -Co-leader, Coating Process Fundamentals Program, Industrial Partnership for Research in Interfacial and Materials Engineering -Director of Undergraduate Studies for Chemical Engineering


Transport and interfacial phenomena, Complex fluids, Printing and coating, Nanofluidics and microfluidics