Dr. Mohan Srinivasarao

Dr. Mohan Srinivasarao is a Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering and the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Srinivasarao received his B.Sc. (Applied Sciences) from the University of Madurai in 1979, and M.Sc. (Applied Chemistry) from the University of Madras in 1981.  He received his M.S. (Polymer Science) in 1985 and Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1990, both from Carnegie Mellon University. He worked on flow and magnetic field induced instabilities of a rodlike polymer forming a nematic phase in solution under the supervision of Professor Guy Berry. He spent a few years as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Richard S. Stein at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst before moving to AT&T Bell Labs where he worked on polymer-dispersed liquid crystals for display device applications. He spent four years as an Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University before moving to Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999.  Presently he is a full professor at Tech and works on a number of different problems related to physical chemistry of polymers, physics of nematic liquid crystals, optics of liquid crystals, rheology/rheo-optics of polymeric fluids and liquid crystals, polymer/liquid crystal dispersions, stereospecific interactions of polymers and their use in fibrous composites, free meniscus coating of fibers, various forms of light microscopy including confocal microscopy and photon tunneling microscopy, color science, and nano-optics in the biological world (color of butterfly wings, beetles, moths, and bird feathers). He is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS).