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Gordon Christopher

Research Interests: 
  • Developing microfluidic techniques to examine complex fluids in confined flow, and then extracting relevant rheological parameters to understand the structure and behavior of these fluids at both the micro and macro scale.
  • Characterizing and modeling two phase flow in microfluidic channels with the goal of furthering the ability of microfluidic devices to replicate multiple step lab processes, commonly referred to as “lab on a chip.”

Honors and Awards:
  • NIST-NRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2008)
  • Dowd-ICES Fellow (2005)

Thesis Publications: 
  • Christopher, G F and Anna, S L“ Passive breakup of viscoelastic droplets and filament self-thinning at a microfluidic T-junction.” J. Rheol. accepted.
  • Christopher, G F, Bergstein, J,  et al. “Coalescence and splitting of confined droplets at microfluidic junctions.” Lab on a Chip, accepted.
  • Christopher, G F, Noharuddin N, et al. “Experimental observations of the squeezing-to-dripping transition in T-shaped microfluidic junctions.” Phys. Rev. E, 2008.78(2).
  • Christopher, G F and Anna, S L  “Microfluidic methods for generating continuous droplet streams.” J.Phys. D: Appl. Phys, 2007.40 (19):p R319-R336.
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NRC Postdoctoral Associate
Polymers Division
Complex Fluids Group

Employment History:

2009-present: Polymers Division, NIST

2003-2008: Ph.D. Student, Carnegie Mellon University

2002-2003: Undergraduate research, Micro Electrical Mechanical Systems Lab, Columbia University

2001 and 2003: Summer Intern, Xerox Wilson Center for Research and Technology


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2008

M.C.P.S., Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2008

M.S.,Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2008

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, 2002

B.A., Film, Columbia University, 2002


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