Lou Kondic has worked in a number of fields in fluid mechanics, soft matter physics, and materials science. These include compressible fluid mechanics with applications to sonoluminescence, thin fluid films on micro and nano scale, and dense granular matter. The projects that he has worked on have led to undergraduate research projects carried out in the Capstone Laboratory in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, with some of the projects resulting in research papers published in peer reviewed journals.
Lou Kondic has a supervised a number of graduate students and postdoctoral associates, and collaborates extensively with the researchers from a number of different countries. He has published more than 100 papers in leading research journals, and his research has been funded extensively by the NSF, NASA, DOD, and DARPA, among other funding agencies. He is a Fulbright Fellow and as of the Fall 2015, he holds the position of a Director of the Center for Applied Mathematics and Statistics at NJIT.
- PhD, Physics, The City College of The City University of New York
- BS, Physics, University of Zagreb, Croatia
The research of Lou Kondic has concentrated on modeling, numerical simulations, and asymptotic analysis of a variety of fluids and more generally soft matter physical systems. In the field of fluid dynamics he has focused on free-surface problems involving Newtonian as well as liquid crystals and other complex fluids. His recent work has involved extensive modeling of interfacial problems involving thermal effects, and exploring self and directed assembly of liquefied metal films on nanoscale. In the field of granular matter, he has been involved for years in developing molecular dynamics simulations as well as effective models for repulsive and cohesive granular systems. Recently, he has been working with experimental researchers as well as algebraic topologists on applying novel topology-based techniques for quantifying so-called force networks, mesoscale features that spontaneously form in granular systems. His other recent research interests involve modeling of the flow in porous media, as well as developing new models describing phase transitions of colloidal systems in microgravity.
- Fluid Mechanics
- Materials Science
- Asymptotic Methods
- Numerical Methods for Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations
- Molecular Dynamics Simulations
- K. Mahady, S. Afkhami, and L. Kondic, A numerical approach for the direct computation of flows including fluid-solid interaction: Modeling contact angle, film rupture, and dewetting. Phys. Fluids, 28:062002, 2016.
- N. Dong and L. Kondic, Instability of nanometric fluid films on a thermally conductive substrate. PhysRevFluids.1.063901, 2016.
- V. Barra, S. Afkhami, and L. Kondic, Interfacial Dynamics of Thin Viscoelastic Films and Drops. J. Non-Newtonian Fluid. Mech., 237:26, 2016.
- L. A. Pugnaloni, M. C. Carlevaro, M. Kramar, K. Mischaikow, and L. Kondic, Structure of force networks in tapped particulate systems of disks and pentagons. I. Clusters and loops. Phys. Rev. E, 93:062902, 2016.
- L. Kondic, M. Kramar, L. A. Pugnaloni, M. C. Carlevaro, and K. Mischaikow, Structure of force networks in tapped particulate systems of disks and pentagons. II. Persistence analysis. Phys. Rev. E, 93:062903, 2016.
- A. Clark, L. Kondic, and R. P. Behringer, Steady flow dynamics during granular impact. Phys. Rev. E, 93:050901(R),2016.
- L. Kovalcinova, A. Goulet, and L. Kondic, Scaling properties of force networks for compressed particulate systems. Phys. Rev. E, 93:042903, 2016
- E. Mema abd L. Kondic and L. Cummings, Substrate induced gliding in a nematic liquid crystal layer. Phys. Rev. E, 92:062513, 2016.