MIT Unit Affiliation:
Lab Affiliation(s):
Parsons
Post Doc Sponsor / Advisor:
Roman Stocker
Areas of Expertise:
  • Biophysics, Biofluids
  • Microfluidics
  • Soft Condensed Matter
Date PhD Completed:
May, 2007
Expected End Date of Post Doctoral Position:
June 30, 2015

Roberto Rusconi

  • Post Doctoral

MIT Unit Affiliation: 

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering

Lab Affiliation(s): 

Parsons

Post Doc Sponsor / Advisor: 

Roman Stocker

Date PhD Completed: 

May, 2007

Top 3 Areas of Expertise: 

Biophysics, Biofluids
Microfluidics
Soft Condensed Matter

Expected End Date of Post Doctoral Position: 

June 30, 2015

CV: 

Research Projects: 

  • Fluid mechanics and transport of microbes
  • Physical aspects of bacterial suspensions and biofilm formation
  • Separation processes of colloidal and nanoparticle dispersions

Thesis Title: 

Optical Investigation of Nonequilibrium Effects in Nanoparticle Dispersions

Thesis Abstract: 

The purpose of the work described in this thesis is to investigate nonequilib- rium effects arising in nanoparticle dispersions by means of optical methods. The research done has been mainly experimental, sometimes associated with a numerical simulation study when the development of an apparatus or to better understand the investigating phenomena demand it. The applica- tion field is that one of soft condensed matter physics, more specifically nanometer-size colloidal suspensions in presence of external forces or out-of- equilibrium conditions such as in presence of thermal gradients.

Top 5 Awards and honors (name of award, date received): 

Fondazione Angelo Della Riccia scholarship for post-graduate research at Harvard University, 2007
Fondazione Roberto Rocca scholarship for graduate research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006
Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research scholarship for graduate research at Politecnico di Milano, 2004
2nd Prize at the SUCCESS Student Contest 2002 - a competition organized by the European Space Agency for European university students from all disciplines to propose an experiment that could fly on board the International Space Station, 2002

5 Recent Papers: 

Rusconi R, Guasto JS, Stocker R. 2014. Bacterial transport suppressed by fluid shear. Nature Physics 10:212–217.

Rusconi R, Garren M, Stocker R. 2014. Microfluidics Expanding the Frontiers of Microbial Ecology. Annual Review of Biophysics 43:65–91.

Rusconi R, Lecuyer S, Autrusson N, Guglielmini L, Stone HA. 2011. Secondary flow as a mechanism for the formation of biofilm streamers.
 Biophysical Journal 100:1392–1399.

Rusconi R, Lecuyer S, Guglielmini L, Stone HA. 2010. Laminar flow around corners triggers the formation of biofilm streamers.
 Journal of the Royal Society Interface 7:1293–1299.

Rusconi R, Stone HA. 2008. Shear-Induced Diffusion of Platelike Particles in Microchannels. Physical Review Letters 101:254502.

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