The Complex Fluids Group advances the usage and understanding of complex fluids (such as nanotube suspensions, polymers and polyelectrolytes) through the use and development of new measurement techniques. My current research 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.
Dr. Kalman Migler is the Leader of the Complex Fluids Group of the Polymers Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He became a 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
2001 - Present
1994 - 2000
Ph. D., Physics (Professor Robert B. Meyer), Brandeis University, 1992
B.A., Physics, University of Pennsylvania, 1984