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Bamin Khomami

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UTK


Bamin Khomami graduated from the Ohio State University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and minor in Mathematics in 1983 (Summa Cum Laude) and obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1985 and 1987, respectively. He joined Washington University-St. Louis in 1987 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor and Francis F. Ahmann Professor of Chemical Engineering in 1992 and 1997 respectively. In fall of 2006 he joined the University of Tennessee in Knoxville as the Armour T. Granger and Alvin & Sally Beaman Distinguished University Professor and Head of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department. In January of 2008, he also became the founding director of the Sustainable Energy Education and Research (SEERC) at University of Tennessee. In addition, between 1992 to 2006, he has served as visiting and adjunct Professor of Chemical and Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, Universidad Nacional De Education A Distancia and the Technical University of Denmark.

Through development of rigorous and novel multi-scale simulations strategies and detailed experimental studies, Khomami's research group has been able to elucidate important physiochemical phenomena and predict system/process level features that have proven essential in successful design, development, and processing of a wide range of nano-and-micro structured materials. His current research interests are mainly focused on rational design and engineering of micro- and- nano-structured materials with applications to sustainable energy, biology, chemistry and medicine. To date, Khomami's research has resulted in more than 120 refereed Journal publications and more than 90 invited presentations at universities in the US and abroad as well as national and international conferences including many keynotes and plenary lectures.

Khomami is a member of number of professional societies as well as a number steering and award committees. He also serves on the editorial board of Journals of Rheology, Applied Rheology and Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics.

Khomami's research accomplishments have been acknowledged by a number of awards and recognitions including: The National Science Foundation, Presidential Young Investigator (PYI) award, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar National Award, and Fellowship of the American Physical Society (APS).


Dynamics of complex fluids: Polymers, biological fluids, colloidal and fiber suspensions

Hybrid and biomimetic materials for sustainable energy applications

Development of nano-and micro-structured fluids for drug delivery applications

Processing science of nano-structured particles and films

Interfacial transport and separation with applications to nuclear fuel reprocessing



J.M. Kim, B.J. Edwards, D.J. Keffer, and B. Khomami (2009) “Single-chain dynamics of linear polyethylene liquids under shear flow,” Phys. Lett. A, 373,769.

S. Y. Dhumal, T. L. Daulton , J. Jiang, B. Khomami, and P. Biswas (2009) "Synthesis of Visible-Light-Active Nanostructured TiOx (x < 2) Photocatalysts in a Flame Aerosol Reactor,” S. Y. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 86, 145.

D. G. Thomas, R. J. DePuit, and B. Khomami (2009) "Simulations of Single DNA Molecules in Oscillatory Shear Flow," J. Rheology, 53, 275. Also appeared on March 1, 2009 issue of Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research.

D. G. Thomas, B. Khomami, and R. Sureshkumar (2009), "Nonlinear Dynamics of Viscoelastic Taylor-Couette Flow: Effect of Elasticity on Pattern Selection, Molecular Conformation and Drag," J. Fluid Mech. 620, 353.

V. Venkataramani, R. Sureshkumar, and B. Khomami (2008), “Coarse-Grained Modeling of Dynamics of Dilute Macromolecular Solutions Using a Configurational Based Approach,” J. Rheology, 52, 1143. Also appeared in September 1, 2008 issue of Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research.

M. Vasudevan, A. Shen, B. Khomami, and R. Sureshkumar (2008), “Self-Similar Shear Thickening Behavior in CTAB/NaSal Surfactant Solutions,” J. Rheology, 52, 527.

H. Sim, B. Khomami, and R. Sureshkumar (2007), “Flow-Induced Chain Scission in Dilute Polymer Solutions: Algorithm Development and Results for Scission Dynamics in Elongational Flow,” J. Rheology, 51, 1223.

C. F. Li, R. Sureshkumar, and B. Khomami (2006), “Influence of Rheological Parameters on Polymer Induced Turbulent Drag Reduction,” J. Non-Newt. Fluid Mech., 140, 23.

D.G. Thomas, R. Sureshkumar, and B. Khomami (2006), “Pattern Formation in Taylor-Couette Flow of Dilute Polymeric Solutions: Dynamical Simulations and Mechanism,” Phys. Rev. Lett., 97,054501.

G. Bhatara, E. S. G. Shaqfeh, and B. Khomami (2005), “The Influence of Polymer Concentration and Chain Architecture on Free Surface Displacement Flows of Polymeric Liquids,” J. Rheology, 49, 929.

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