New Jersey Institute of Technology
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Complex Flows and Soft Matter Group

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Our focus is on systems that are complex due to rheological properties of the considered fluids, complicated flow geometry, complex multiphysics aspects of the forces governing the flows, or a combination of these factors. We carry out modeling and simulations of such problems, as well as developing appropriate computational methods. In some cases, we also carry out physical experiments in our Undergraduate Capstone Laboratory in coordination with the Capstone Course taken by our applied mathematics majors. Our work is carried out in collaboration with mathematicians and scientists from a number of different institutions (listed on our Research pages).

Our research is supported by the Center for Applied Mathematics and Statistics, the Department of Mathematical Sciences, and by grants from a number of federal research agencies.

Recent News

Nov 2021: Congratulations to Lauren Barnes for winning the 8th Annual Student Investigator Space Flight Award at the American Society for Gravitational and Space Science Research (ASGSR) meeting, for her poster presentation entitled "Phase-Field Modeling of Colloid-Polymer Mixtures in Microgravity!

Oct 2021: Congratulations to Prof. Lou Kondic on his recent work on frost, featured in APS Physics Magazine! link

Sep 2021: Congratulations to Prof. Anand Oza on his recent work on loopy fluid dynamics in bird lungs, featured in SIAM news! link

Jun 2021: Photos from the group outing in New Paltz in June 2021! link

Jun 2021: Ryan Allaire has accepted an assistant professor position at the West Point Academy. Congratulations Ryan!

Jun 2021: Congratulations to Ryan Allaire for his successful thesis defense on June 15th.

Apr 2021: Congratulations to Chao Cheng for his successful thesis defense on April 21.

Apr 2021: Congratulations to Prof. Kondic for the recipient of the 2020 Board of Overseers Excellence in Research Prize and Medal! link

Mar 2021: Congratulations to Prof. Oza for Editor's Suggestion by PRL and the subject of a Focus story for his PRL paper!

Mar 2021: Congratulations to Prof. Oza on press release at NJIT, NYU, APS, NSF respectively for his PRL paper! link link link link

Feb 2021: Congratulations to Professor Anand U. Oza on his featured publication in Physics of Fluids. link

Jan 2021: Ivana Seric, our alumni, about data revolution in NBA. link

Nov 2020: Professor Linda Cummings to give invited keynote talk at ANZIAM 2021 in February 2021. link

Nov 2020: Congratulations to Michael Lam, Professor Lou Kondic and Professor Linda Cummings on their featured publication in Soft Matter. link

Nov 2020: Link to Yixuan Sun's virtual talk at APS DFD. link

Nov 2020: Link to Lauren Barnes's virtual talk at APS DFD. link

Nov 2020: Link to Manav Guzraty's, an undergraduate working with Professor Oza, virtual talk at APS DFD. link

Nov 2020: Link to Professor Oza's virtual talk at APS DFD. link

Nov 2020: Link to Lauren Barnes's virtual talk at the ASGSR. link

Oct 2020: Link to Professor Cummings' talk on Mathematical Modeling Seminar at RIT. link

Oct 2020: Link to Professor Oza's talk at Imperial College. link

Apr 2020: Congratulations to Yixuan Sun for Editor's Suggestion for his paper in Phys. Rev. Fluids. link

Mar 2020: Link to Professor Kondic presentation at Granular Matter conference at U. Twente on Quantify particle scale interactions in granular matter. link

Feb 2020: Link to the post describing launch of Space Station colloids experiment. link

Jan 2020: Congratulations to Prof. Oza on press coverage for his PRX paper. link

Jan 2020: Congratulations to Prof. Oza on press coverage for his PRX paper. link

Dec 2019: Link to Professor Cummings presentation at ESI Workshop in Vienna on Modeling and large-scale simulation of the film liquid crystal flows link

Nov 2019: Congratulations to Prof. Oza on press coverage for his PRX paper. link

Oct 2019: Link to a PhD project description: Avalanches in granular matter. link

Oct 2019: Link to a PhD project description: Breakup of multicomponent fluid films. link

Aug 2019: Here is a link to Annu. Rev. Fluid Mech. paper by Prof. Kondic and collaborators. link

Jun 2019: Congratulations to Prof. Kondic for promotion to the rank of Distinguished Professor.

Nov 2018: Congratulations to Prof. Kondic, Prof. Cummings and Dr. Lam on press coverage for their paper on Journal of Fluid Mechanics! link

Sep 2018: Congratulations to Prof. Oza on press coverage for his PRL paper! link

Jul 2018: NJIT reports on a CFSM research project! link

Jul 2018: Congratulations to Profs. Cummings and Prof. Kondic on new NSF research award for study of Liquid Crystals!

May 2018: Photos from the 2018 commencement. link

Apr 2018: Congratulations to Michael Lam for his successful thesis defense on April 24th!

Apr 2018: Congratulations to Valeria Barra for her successful thesis defense on April 24th!

Apr 2018: Congratulations to Ryan Allaire for winning DOE SCGSR Fellowship. Ryan will spend 3 months at ORNL.

Jan 2018: Ivana Seric' paper in Physics of Fluids was elected for Scilight. link

Nov 2017: Lou Kondic has been awarded Luis Federico Leloir award for his contribution to development of Argentine science. link

Oct 2017: Linda Cummings has been awarded funds to run an Isaac Newton Institute 4-month programme on "Complex Analysis: techniques, applications and computations". link

Oct 2017: Lou Kondic has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Aug 2017: Ivana Seric has accepted a position with the Philadelphia 76ers as a Data Scientist in Analytics and Strategy - Congratulations, Ivana!

Aug 2017: Ivana Seric defended her thesis on August 1st in Cullimore 611.

Jul 2017: Michael Lam spoke at the FUNWAVE-TVD workshop in Newark, DE as part of his internship at the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory. link

Jun 2017: Pejman Sanaei defended his thesis on June 16th in Cullimore 611.

Jun 2017: Michael Lam spent summer 2017 as an intern at the Coastal Hydraulics Lab in Mississippi, funded by Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education! link

May 2017: Linda Cummings was an invited speaker at the Applied and Computational Complex Analysis workshop to be held at the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Edinburgh, UK.

Apr 2017: Nanyi Dong defended his thesis on April 26th in Cullimore 611.

Mar 2017: Pejman Sanaei has accepted a position at the Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences, NYU, starting September 2017 - Congratulations, Pejman!

Feb 2017: Pejman Sanaei organized and spoke in minisymposium on Small-scale flows with industrial applications: Modeling and simulations at the SIAM 2017 CSE meeting. link

Feb 2017: Michael Lam spoke in Liquid Crystal minisymposium and Ivana Seric spoke in Computational Fluid Dynamic minisymposium at the SIAM 2017 CSE meeting. link

Dec 2016: Valeria Barra completed an intern at Pixar Studios! link

Nov 2016: Group members William Batson, Michael Lam, Pejman Sanaei, and Ivana Seric present their work at the 2016 APS Division of Fluid Dynamics meeting. link





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J.V. Pohlmeyer, S.L. Waters, and L.J. Cummings, Mathematical model of growth factor driven haptotaxis and proliferation in a tissue engineering scaffold, Bulletin of mathematical biology, 75, 393-427, (2013) [more info]
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Y. Sun, P. Sanaei, L. Kondic, and L. J. Cummings, Modeling and design optimization for pleated membrane filters, Physical Review Fluids, 5, 044306, (2020) [more info]
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C. M. Carlevaro, R. Kozlowski, L. A. Pugnaloni, H. Zheng, J. E. Socolar, and L. Kondic, Intruder in a two-dimensional granular system: Effects of dynamic and static basal friction on stick-slip and clogging dynamics, Physical Review E, 101, 012909, (2020) [more info]
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L. Kondic, X. Fang, W. Losert, C.S. O'Hern, and R.P. Behringer, Microstructure evolution during impact on granular matter, Physical Review E, 85, 011305, (2012) [more info]
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L. Kondic, X. Fang, W. Losert, C.S. O'Hern, and R.P. Behringer, Microstructure evolution during impact on granular matter, Physical Review E, 85, 011305, (2012) [more info]
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M. Kramár, A. Goullet, L. Kondic, and K. Mischaikow, Evolution of force networks in dense particulate media, Physical Review E, 90, 052203, (2014) [more info]
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M. Kramár, A. Goullet, L. Kondic, and K. Mischaikow, Evolution of force networks in dense particulate media, Physical Review E, 90, 052203, (2014) [more info]
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M. Kramár, A. Goullet, L. Kondic, and K. Mischaikow, Quantifying force networks in particulate systems, Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, 283, 37-55, (2014) [more info]
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M. Lam, L.J. Cummings, T.-S. Lin, and L. Kondic, Three-dimensional coating flow of nematic liquid crystal on an inclined substrate, European Journal of Applied Mathematics, 26, 647-669, (2015) [more info]
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M. Lam, L.J. Cummings, T.-S. Lin, and L. Kondic, Three-dimensional coating flow of nematic liquid crystal on an inclined substrate, European Journal of Applied Mathematics, 26, 647-669, (2015) [more info]
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M.-A. Y.-H. Lam, L. J. Cummings, and L. Kondic, Computing dynamics of thin films via large scale GPU-based simulations, J Comp. Phys.: X, 2, 100001, (2019) [more info]
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M.-A. Y.-H. Lam, L. J. Cummings, and L. Kondic, Computing dynamics of thin films via large scale GPU-based simulations, J Comp. Phys.: X, 2, 100001, (2019) [more info]
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M.-A. Y.-H. Lam, L. J. Cummings, and L. Kondic, Computing dynamics of thin films via large scale GPU-based simulations, J Comp. Phys.: X, 2, 100001, (2019) [more info]
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M.-A. Y.-H. Lam, L. J. Cummings, and L. Kondic, Computing dynamics of thin films via large scale GPU-based simulations, J Comp. Phys.: X, 2, 100001, (2019) [more info]
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M.-A. Y.-H. Lam, L. J. Cummings, and L. Kondic, Computing dynamics of thin films via large scale GPU-based simulations, J Comp. Phys.: X, 2, 100001, (2019) [more info]
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A. U. Oza and J. Dunkel, Antipolar ordering of topological defects in active liquid crystals, New Journal of Physics, 18, 093006, (2016) [more info]
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A. U. Oza and J. Dunkel, Antipolar ordering of topological defects in active liquid crystals, New Journal of Physics, 18, 093006, (2016) [more info]
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Anand U. Oza, Sebastian Heidenreich, and Jörn Dunkel, Generalized Swift-Hohenberg models for dense active suspensions, The European Physical Journal E, 39, 97, (2016) [more info]
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Anand U. Oza, Sebastian Heidenreich, and Jörn Dunkel, Generalized Swift-Hohenberg models for dense active suspensions, The European Physical Journal E, 39, 97, (2016) [more info]
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R.H. Allaire, L. Kondic, L. J. Cummings, P. D. Rack, and M. Fuentes-Cabrera, The Role of Phase Separation on Rayleigh-Plateau Type Instabilities in Alloys, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 125, 5723-5731, (2021) [more info]
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R.H. Allaire, L. Kondic, L. J. Cummings, P. D. Rack, and M. Fuentes-Cabrera, The Role of Phase Separation on Rayleigh-Plateau Type Instabilities in Alloys, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 125, 5723-5731, (2021) [more info]
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C.A. Hartnett, I. Seric, K. Mahady, L. Kondic, S. Afkhami, J.D. Fowlkes, and P.D. Rack, Exploiting the Marangoni Effect To Initiate Instabilities and Direct the Assembly of Liquid Metal Filaments, Langmuir, 33, 8123-8128, (2017) [more info]
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T.-S. Lin, L. Kondic, and A. Filippov, Thin films flowing down inverted substrates: Three-dimensional flow, Physics of Fluids, 24, 022105, (2012) [more info]
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T.-S. Lin, L. Kondic, and A. Filippov, Thin films flowing down inverted substrates: Three-dimensional flow, Physics of Fluids, 24, 022105, (2012) [more info]
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T.-S. Lin, L. Kondic, and A. Filippov, Thin films flowing down inverted substrates: Three-dimensional flow, Physics of Fluids, 24, 022105, (2012) [more info]
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T.-S. Lin, L. Kondic, and A. Filippov, Thin films flowing down inverted substrates: Three-dimensional flow, Physics of Fluids, 24, 022105, (2012) [more info]
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K. Mahady, S. Afkhami, and L. Kondic, On the influence of initial geometry on the evolution of fluid filaments, Physics of Fluids, 27, 092104, (2015) [more info]
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K. Mahady, S. Afkhami, and L. Kondic, On the influence of initial geometry on the evolution of fluid filaments, Physics of Fluids, 27, 092104, (2015) [more info]
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K. Mahady, S. Afkhami, and L. Kondic, On the influence of initial geometry on the evolution of fluid filaments, Physics of Fluids, 27, 092104, (2015) [more info]
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K. Mahady, S. Afkhami, and L. Kondic, On the influence of initial geometry on the evolution of fluid filaments, Physics of Fluids, 27, 092104, (2015) [more info]
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Arbelaiz, Juncal; Oza, Anand U.; and Bush, John W. M., Promenading pairs of walking droplets: Dynamics and stability, Phys. Rev. Fluids, 3, 013604, (2018) [more info]
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A. U. Oza, Ø. Wind-Willassen, D. M. Harris, R. R. Rosales, and J. W. M. Bush, Pilot-wave hydrodynamics in a rotating frame: Exotic orbits, Physics of Fluids, 26, 082101, (2014) [more info]
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A. U. Oza, Ø. Wind-Willassen, D. M. Harris, R. R. Rosales, and J. W. M. Bush, Pilot-wave hydrodynamics in a rotating frame: Exotic orbits, Physics of Fluids, 26, 082101, (2014) [more info]
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A. U. Oza, E. Siéfert, D. M. Harris, J. Moláček, and J. W. M. Bush, Orbiting pairs of walking droplets: Dynamics and stability, Physical Review Fluids, 2, 053601, (2017) [more info]
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A. U. Oza, L. Ristroph, and M. J. Shelley, Lattices of Hydrodynamically Interacting Flapping Swimmers, Physical Review X, 9, 041024, (2019) [more info]
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S . Ramananarivo, F. Fang, A. Oza, J. Zhang, and L. Ristroph, Flow interactions lead to orderly formations of flapping wings in forward flight, Physical Review Fluids, 1, 071201, (2016) [more info]