Welcome Dr.Ravi Kumar Pujala, University of Utrecht to be TPC!

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Dr.Ravi Kumar Pujala, University of Utrecht, Netherlands

 Dr. Ravi Kumar Pujala received his PhD degree in physics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India in the field of soft condensed matter. Afterwards he joined as postdoctoral researcher with Prof. George Petekidis, Greece, following that he did another postdoc at Utrecht University with Prof. Alfons van Blaaderen on the active colloids. He is the recipient of numerous awards both nationally and internationally. His PhD thesis was recognized as best of the best by Springer publishers. He was awarded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Seal of Excellence for “A HIGH-QUALITY PROJECT PROPOSAL” by European Comission. He has received DST INSPIRE Faculty Award (tenure track assistant prof. at University of Hyderabad) and the research grant by Govt. of India.  

 

Self-assembly is a fundamental mechanism by which structures form in materials. The properties of a self-assembled material are ultimately controlled by the interactions among its building blocks and by the conditions in which they are prepared. It is by tuning these two properties that different structures can be obtained. I have worked on the self-assembly different kinds of systems from nano-granular. He found the equilibrium gels formed by naturally occurring nanoplatelets with inhomogeneous charge distribution and it’s phase behavior. Another work was studying the phase behavior of binary mixture nanoplatelets. His focus of research is also on the synthesis and self-assembly of micron sized particles consists of spheres, rod-like, janus rods and cubes under external fields such as electric, magnetic, light and shear and in spherical confinement. Order-disorder transition of such systems was studied using rheology, light scattering and confocal microscopy. Recently he has started working on the self-propelled colloids, observing the dynamics at single particle level and the collective behavior of micromotors activated by light that mimic the living systems.