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Raghavan, Srinivasa R.

Srinivasa R. Raghavan
Patrick and Marquerite Sung Professor of Chemical Engineering
Distinguished Scholar Teacher
1227C Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building

News About This Professor


Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University–Raleigh, 1998

Research Interests 

Nature-inspired materials; smart fluids activated by light; nanocontainers for drug delivery; dispersants for oil-spill cleanup; biomaterials to stop bleeding; self-propelling microrobots.

Books and Chapters 

S. R. Raghavan and B. H. Cipriano Gel formation: Phase diagrams using tabletop rheology and calorimetry. In Molecular Gels, edited by R. G. Weiss and P. Terech, Springer, Amsterdam, p.233 (2005)

S. A. Khan, J. R. Royer and S. R. Raghavan Rheology: Tools and Methods. In Aviation Fuels with Improved Fire Safety, Nat. Acad Press, Washington DC, p.31 (1997)

Selected Publications 

H-Y. Lee, H. Oh, J. H. Lee and S. R. Raghavan. Shedding light on helical tubules: Real-time observations of tubule self-assembly by light microscopy. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 134, 14375 (2012)

S. J. Banik, N. J. Fernandes, P. C. Thomas and S. R. Raghavan. Creating polymer hydrogels with regions of distinct chemical, mechanical, and optical properties.Macromolecules, 45, 5712 (2012)

K. Sun, H. Oh, J. F. Emerson and S. R. Raghavan. A new method for centrifugal separation of blood components using a UV-curable gel. (Cover) Journal of Materials Chemistry, 22, 2378 (2012)

S. R. Raghavan and J. F. Douglas. The conundrum of gel formation by nanofibers, micelles, and proteins: Gelation without cross-links? Soft Matter, 8, 8539 (2012)

M. B. Dowling, R. Kumar, M. A. Keibler, J. R. Hess, G. V. Bochicchio and S. R. Raghavan. A self-assembling hydrophobically modified chitosan capable of reversible hemostatic action. Biomaterials, 32, 3351 (2011)

K. Q. Jiang, C. Xue, C. Arya, C. Shao, E. O. George, D. L. DeVoe and S. R. Raghavan. A new approach to micro-manufacturing: Microfluidic magnetic/fluorescent chains. (Frontispiece) Small, 7, 2470 (2011)

For a complete list and to download papers in PDF format, please visit Profesor Raghavan's web site.

Selected Presentations 

Meetings/Conferences  (Selected)

Light-activated self-assembly of surfactants, polymers, and nanoparticles. International Symposium on Stimuli-Responsive Materials, Santa Rosa, CA (2012)

From reverse micelles to reverse vesicles: Principles for modulating self-assembly in oil. World Congress on Oleo Science, Sasebo, Japan (2012)

Gelling biological cells using associating biopolymers. International Congress on Rheology, Lisbon, Portugal (2012)

Reversible gelation of vesicles, colloidal particles, and biological cells. ECI Associations in Solution Meeting, Bifrost, Iceland (2012)

Gelling and ungelling blood via self-assembly.Materials Research Society Meeting, Boston, MA (2011)

Crystalline vs. amorphous molecular gels: Two structures with unique biological connections. XXII Congress of the International Union of Crystallography, Madrid, Spain (2011)

Invited Talks: Universities (Selected)

Self- and directed assembly of soft matter. Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL (2012)

Self- and directed assembly of soft matter. Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (2011)

Self- and directed assembly of soft matter. Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Houston, Houston, TX (2011)

Advancing the field of self-assembly using “old” molecules and nanoparticles. Department of Chemical Engineering, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (2009)

Adventures with soft matter: From photorheological fluids to blood-gelling biopolymers. Program in Polymer Science & Technology, MIT, Boston, MA (2009)

Smart fluids and soft materials assembled the “easy” way. Department of Chemical Engineering, Yale University, New Haven, CT (2009)


Invited Talks: National Labs (Selected)

Colloid science as the foundation for nanotechnology. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Silver Spring, MD (2011)

Self- and directed assembly of soft matter. Polymers Division, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD (2011)

Exploiting self- and directed assembly for materials design. Edgewood Chemical & Biological Center (ECBC), Edgewood, MD (2011)

The central role of self-assembly in bionanotechnology. National Cancer Institute (NCI), Frederick, MD (2010)


Invited Talks: Corporate Research Labs (Selected)

Self- and directed assembly of soft matter. SC Johnson Inc., Racine, WI (2012)

Stimuli-responsive fluids, gels and capsules by self- and directed assembly. Lion Corporation R&D Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan (2012)

The “easy” approach to self-assembly: Teaching new tricks to old molecules and particles. Dow AgroSciences LLC, Indianapolis, IN (2010)

Using light to control fluid rheology and create patternable coatings. Sherwin Williams Co., Breen Technology Center, Cleveland, OH (2008)

Related News 

Biomimetic Multi-compartment Capsule Invention May Help Scientists Understand the Origins of Life
Invention of the Year nominee may be the perfect testing ground to study nature of life. April 3, 2018

Clark School Researchers Recognized for Exceptional Inventions
Among the nine 2017 Invention of the Year award nominees, six are led by or include Clark School researchers. March 7, 2018

Srinivasa Raghavan Receives Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award
Dr. Raghavan will give his corresponding presentation Thursday, Nov. 2. October 30, 2017

ChBE Researchers Develop ‘Inside-out’ Technique for Creating Polymer Capsules with Multiple Concentric Layers
Raghavan and Zarket indicate research was inspired by an onion. August 27, 2017

gel-e Announces $3.1 Million in Private Financing
Biotech company with University of Maryland roots celebrates milestone achievement. August 9, 2017

ChBE Professor Receives 2017-2018 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award
Srinivasa Raghavan selected for his dedication to teaching and mentoring. April 12, 2017

Nguyen Wins NOAA Hollings Scholarship
Program supports students interested in environmental research. May 6, 2015

Grip Boost Hopes Its Idea Sticks at Cupid’s Cup Business Competition
Startup to pitch its football glove-restoring gel at Under Armour HQ. February 27, 2015

Non-Toxic, Edible Materials Could Help Break Up Oil Slicks
Raghavan group’s efforts part of Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. February 25, 2015

UMD Engineers and Tight End Team Up on “Catchy” New Football Product
Grip Boost gel restores gloves to like-new condition for a fraction of the cost of new ones. January 29, 2015

Hydrophobically Modified Polymers Create “Cell Gels”
New technique could be used in tissue engineering, 3D cell culture. August 11, 2014

2014 Dean's Student Research Awards Announced
Graduate students recognized for high quality engineering research July 1, 2014

Raghavan’s Sung Professorship Renewed; Zachariah Named 1st Sung Distinguished Professor
Endowed professorships in chemical engineering supported by alumni gift. April 14, 2014

Boger, Kreeger and Saez Win 2013 Undergraduate Research Awards
Students recognized for work in red blood cell flow, metabolic pathways, and chitosan microparticles. April 7, 2014

Announcing a Tacky UMD Invention of the Year Finalist
Quick-Drying Adhesive Coating for Athletic Gloves April 4, 2014

"Gentle Delivery" Kits Could Help Bring Gene Therapies to Market
Clark School startup receives funding to support production, testing of new research tool. August 7, 2013

Company Founded in Clark School Awarded $500K to Test Hemorrhage-Halting Foam
Remedium Technologies Inc. receives small business grant from National Science Foundation. April 25, 2013

2012-2013 ChBE Undergraduate Awards
Exceptional students recognized at annual ceremony. April 10, 2013

ChBE Announces Teaching Assistant Awards
Arya, Emdadi and Gibbons honored by department. March 9, 2013

The Gel with the Secret Center
Single "smart material" with multiple properties could have applications in bioengineering, consumer products. September 25, 2012

Clark School Wins Major Research Instrumentation Awards
NSF funding for research to improve spray technology, creation of x-ray center for nano research. September 10, 2012

Maryland Hosts Mid-Atlantic Soft Matter Workshop
Interdisciplinary scientists find a "soft and squishy" common ground. July 24, 2012

Raghavan Promoted
Faculty member elevated to rank of full professor. May 31, 2012

2011-2012 ChBE Undergraduate Awards
Exceptional students recognized by the Department, Clark School, and professional societies. April 20, 2012

ResearchFest 2012
Marquardt receives top prize; Chiang, Fernandes and Hsu also selected for honors. April 12, 2012

ChBE Undergrads Win 5 of 29 Prestigious Industrial Internships
"Exceptional sophomores and juniors" chosen from nationwide field of applicants for $6K-$10K internships. April 10, 2012

New Barrier Gel Will Improve Analysis of Blood Samples
Ragahavan, colleagues create UV-curable polymer that more effectively separates cells from serum. April 4, 2012

New Technique Turns Alginate Solution Into Micron-Scale Gel Patterns Using Light
Javvaji, Raghavan on cover of Langmuir. November 17, 2011

Raghavan, DeVoe Introduce New Micromanufacturing Approach in Small
Lab-on-a-chip produces, assembles microparticles in customized order; could be used for drug discovery. November 3, 2011

Raghavan Selected for Engineering Education Symposium
NAE invites nation's exceptional young faculty members to share innovative ideas and approaches. October 10, 2011

Blood-Clotting "Nano-Velcro" Featured in C&EN
Journal highlights wound-healing technology by Raghavan, Remedium Technologies. August 30, 2011

Clark School ENGAGED Faculty Announced
The first class of Clark School ENGAGED Faculty are announced. May 9, 2011

Raghavan Wins Clark School Faculty Teaching Award
Professor recognized at December 2010 Commencement. December 20, 2010

Raghavan Group Aids Development of Non-Toxic Oil Recovery Agent
Organogelator could help Gulf of Mexico spill. July 29, 2010

Hong, Collaborators Create Liposome-Hydrogel Hybrids for Drug Delivery
No toil, No trouble for stronger bubbles. July 22, 2010

Goldberg, Thomas Win SBEC Paper Awards
Graduate students recognized for work presented at 26th Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference. July 14, 2010

Mtech, Alumna-Run Companies Vie for State Awards
Five Clark School-affiliated companies named finalists for Incubator Company of the Year. June 3, 2010

2009-2010 ChBE Undergraduate Awards
Students recognized at annual Clark School event. April 26, 2010

Dowling Named A Maryland Innovator of the Year
Fischell Fellow garners new award for blood-clotting technology. October 19, 2009

"Nano-Velcro" Wins Outstanding Invention of the Year
Hemostatic wound-care product takes top U-Md. prize. April 8, 2009

ResearchFest 2009 Winners Announced
Nargund, Thomas, and Dowling presentations come out on top. February 11, 2009

Raghavan Awarded Sung Professorship
Endowed professorship in chemical engineering supported by alumni gift. January 15, 2009

Blood-Clotting Invention Featured on CBS News
Dowling, Raghavan demonstrate "nano-velcro." December 12, 2008

Raghavan, Dowling's "Nano-Velcro" Wins at Bioscience Day
New biomaterial designed to stop bleeding. November 14, 2008

ChBE Alumnus Appointed to National Taiwan University Faculty
Shih-Huang Tung (Ph.D. '07) to focus on soft materials. September 18, 2008

WJZ Covers New Chitosan Blood Clotting Product
Dowling, Raghavan, Payne featured in TV segment. May 21, 2008

AIChE Picks Top Profs
Student chapter recognizes outstanding teaching, advising. May 29, 2007

UM $50K Business Plan Competition Winners Announced
Three winners chosen among nine finalists. April 30, 2007

ChBE Undergraduates Honored
Clark School Honors and Awards Ceremony 2006-2007 April 19, 2007

"Smart" Fluid Controlled with Light
Raghavan group develops new type of light-based viscosity switch. March 16, 2007

Faculty Promotions Announced
Five Clark School faculty members receive tenure effective summer 2007. February 23, 2007

Polymer Symposium Showcases Student Research
Event promotes interaction between research groups. July 7, 2006