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Kalman Migler

Research Interests

My current research in the Micro-Rheology project focuses on the measurement of fluidic properties at ultra-small volumes. Over the past 15 years, I have developed new methods to elucidate important phenomena in polymeric materials including slippage, the sharkskin defect, new structures in confined blends, coating processes in fluoropolymers and the coupling of shear and electrical conductivity in nanotube composites.

Brief Biography

Dr. Kalman Migler is a staff scientist in the Polymers and Complex Fluids Group of the Materials Science and Engineering Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Previously, he was the Complex Fluids Group Leader following eight years as a Physicist in the Polymer Blends and Processing Group. Before joining NIST, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Exxon’s Corporate Research Laboratory and at the Collège de France. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Brandeis University.

Awards, Honors and Activities

Slichter Award, 1997 For developing novel optical probes of polymer properties and effectively transferring these measurement methods to industry to control processing.

Bronze Medal, 2003 For the development and application of flow visualization metrologies to polymeric materials

Best Paper Award, Society of Plastics Engineers, 2003 For the presentation of the paper “Flow Induced Coating of Polymer Processing Additives: Development of Frustrated Total Internal Reflection Imaging"

Expert on ISO’s TC 229 for Nanotechnology Standards

Society of Rheology representative to AIP’s Committee on Public Policy

Society of Rheology Bingham Award Committee

Research Opportunities

Opportunities for post-doctoral research fellowships are available through the NRC postdoctoral program. I am interested in applicants in the areas of microfluidics and rheology

Kalman Migler


Materials Science and Engineering
Polymers and Complex Fluids

Employment History:

2013 - present
Staff Member, Polymers and Complex Fluids Group, MSED, NIST

2001 - 2012
Group Leader, Polymers Division, NIST

1994 - 2000
Staff Member, Polymer Blends and Processing, Polymers Division National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD

Post Doctoral Associate with Dr. David J. Pine , Exxon Research and Engineering Co., Corporate Research, Annandale, NJ 

Post Doctoral Associate with Profs. P.G. de Gennes and L. Leger, Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Condensée at the Collège de France

1985 -1986
Research Associate, Physics Department, University of Pennsylvania


Ph. D., Physics (Professor Robert B. Meyer), Brandeis University, 1992 

B.A., Physics, University of Pennsylvania, 1984


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