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Joel Koplik

Joel Koplik

Professor of Physics

Levich Institute
Steinman T-1M19

Office Phone: (212) 650-8162


  1. (B.S., 1969, Physics) The Cooper Union;
  2. (Ph.D., 1974, Physics) University of California at Berkeley.


Research Interests:

  • Molecular dynamics of wetting phenomena, non-Newtonian fluids, and nanoscale flows
  • Fluid flow and transport phenomena in geological porous media
  • Vortex dynamics in superfluidity
Research Sponsors:

  Department of Energy (DOE) and National Science Foundation (NSF)

Current Postdoctoral Associates and Subjects of Research:

  • Tak Shing Lo

Current Graduate Students under Supervision and Subjects of Research:

  • Weikang Chen
  • Nima Sharifi Mood
  • Rui Zhang
Recent Publications: 
  • Multiscale molecular simulation of Argon vapor condensation onto a cooled substrate with bulk flow, Phys. Fluids 22, 112002 (2010), with K. Gu and C. B. Watkins.
  • Nanoscale simulations of directional locking, Phys. Fluids 22, 052005 (2010), with G. Drazer.
  • Transport and sedimentation of suspended particles in inertial pressure-driven flow, Phys. Fluids 21, 013301 (2009), with Y. Yan.
  • Molecular dynamics study of the motion of a nanodroplet of pure liquid on a wetting gradient, J. Chem. Phys. 129, 164708 (2008), with J. Halverson, A. Couzis and C. Maldarelli.
  • Vortex locking in direct numerical simulations of superfluid turbulence, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 015301 (2008), with K. Morris and D. Rouson.
  • Dynamical clustering of counterions on flexible polyelectrolytes, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 128301 (2008), with T.-S. Lo and B. Khusid.
  • Shear flow pumping in open microfluidic systems, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 224504 (2007), with M. Rauscher and S. Dietrich.
  • Interaction of two particles in confined linear shear flow at finite Reynolds number, Phys. Fluids 19, 11330 (2007), with Y. Yan and J. F. Morris.