Bavand Keshavarz

Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Assistant Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Bavand  Keshavarz Profile Photo
Bavand Keshavarz Profile Photo

Research Interests

Mechanics of Soft Materials, 

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Bioinspired Hydrogels, 

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Metal-Coordination Networks, 

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Fluid Dynamics of Complex Fluids in Fragmentation and Capillary Phenomena, 

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Mechanical Spectroscopy of Soft Materials During Gelation, 

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Linear and Nonlinear Rheology of Supramolecular Networks, 

Bio

Research interests of Keshavarz’s group are at the intersection of fluid dynamics and soft matter mechanics. We are particularly interested in dynamics of complex fluids in complex flows. Inspired by the biofabrication process of natural hydrogels, we aim to harness hydrodynamic instabilities to fabricate responsive soft apparatuses that exhibit dynamic functionality over a wide range of deformation timescales. Our approach incorporates a number of interdisciplinary studies on properties of complex fluids with functional biomolecules, capillary phenomena of viscoelastic solutions, gelation of supramolecular networks and mechanical spectroscopy or rheology of gelling systems during linear and nonlinear deformations. These will enable us to both understand and mimic the hierarchical organization of dynamic properties that is often observed in elaborate biological soft structures.

Education

  • B.S. Sharif University of Technology (Iran), 2008
  • M.S. University of British Columbia (Canada), 2011
  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017

Positions

  • Assistant Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Courses Taught

  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering