Joel Koplik


Main Affiliation


Additional Departments/Affiliated Programs

Levich Institute

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Marshak Science Building



Joel Koplik

Joel Koplik


Research Associate, Columbia University, 1974-76
Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1976-77 and 1978-79
Charge de la Recherche, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, 1977-78
Member of the Professional Staff, Schlumberger-Doll Research, 1979-88
Professor of Physics, City College of the City University of New York, 1989 –  present


    (B.S., 1969, Physics) The Cooper Union
    (Ph.D., 1974, Physics) University of California at Berkeley

Research Interests

Molecular fluid mechanics:  wetting phenomena - surfactants - interfacial boundary conditions and slip - drop impacts and ccollisions

Dynamics of colloidal and active particles in liquids

Fluid and particulate flow in geological fractures and random porous media

Vortex dynamics in superfluid turbulence

Recent Publications

Nanoparticles at liquid interfaces: rotational dynamics and angular locking, J. Chem. Phys. 140, 014904 (2014), with S. Razavi, I. Kretzschmar and C. Colosqui.

Velocity slip on curved surfaces, Phys. Rev. E, 89, 023005 (2014), with W. Chen and R. Zhang.

Channeling and stress during fluid and suspension flow in self-affine fractures, Phys. Rev. E 89, 023010 (2014), with T. S. Lo.

Multiscale liquid drop impact on wettable and textured surfaces, Phys. Fluids 26, 082003 (2014), with R. Zhang, S. Farokhirad and T. Lee.

Molecular Dynamics Simulations: Insight into Molecular Phenomena at Interfaces, Langmuir 30, 11272 (2014), with S. Razavi and I. Kretzschmar.

Surface impacts and coalescence of particle-laden nanodrops, Phys. Fluids 27, 082001 (2015).

Self-diffusiophoretic colliodal propulsion near a solid boundary, Phys. Fluids 28, 053107 (2016), with A. Mozaffari and C. Maldarelli.

Extracting the lattice gas equation of state from RSA simulations using the Gibbs adsorption isotherm, Phys. Rev. E 96, 052803 (2017) with S. Darjani and V. Pauchard.

Diffusivity and hydrodynamic drag of nanoparticles at a vapor-liquid interface, Phys. Rev. Fluids 2, 024303 (2017), with C. Maldarelli.

Self-propelled colloidal particle near a planar wall: a Brownian dynamics study, Phys. Rev. Fluids 3, 014104 (2018), with A. Mozaffari, N. Sharifi-Mood and C. Maldarelli.

The translational and rotational dynamics of a colloid moving along the air-liquid Interface of a thin film, Sci. Reports 8, 8910 (2018), with S. Das, R. Farinato, D. R. Nagaraj, C. Maldarelli and P. Somasundaran.

The frictional force on sliding drops, Phys. Rev. Fluids 4, 014001 (2019).

Molecular dynamics study of the translation and rotation of amphiphilic Janus nanopar-ticles at a vapor-liquid surface, Phys. Rev. Fluids 4, 044201 (2019), with C. Maldarelli.