Rema Krishnaswamy worked jointly at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific
Research, Bangalore and at the Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore as
a DST Ramanujan Fellow (2010-2015). She obtained her Ph.D (2004) in Physics from Raman
Research Institute, Bangalore in the area of Experimental Soft Condensed Matter Physics. she was
also a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Universite Paris-Sud,
Orsay (2004-2005) and subsequently a Centenary Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Physics,
Indian Institute of Science (2006-2009).
Her research interests are interdisciplinary and deal with understanding the structure, phase
behaviour and non-equilibrium phenomena under flow of different “Soft Matter” systems that
touches every aspect of our daily life whether as cosmetics, food, medicines, technology or
At SLS, She is presently developing a platform that combine microfluidics with optical imaging,
as part of the undergraduate research program. One of the undergraduate projects that they are
currently working on is to develop a portable and low cost opto-microfluidic device to prepare,
characterize and study the flow of emulsions. Such a device will have potential applications in
teaching, laboratory analysis and medical diagnostics. Another project that is of her interest is to
integrate soft matter with optics for developing hands on demonstrations and exhibits that can be
employed in i) classroom lectures at the undergraduate or high school level ii) workshops for
science teachers iii) education outreach in public spaces.
Areas of Interest and Expertise
- Experimental Soft Condensed Matter Physics
Systems of interest: Bio-inspired materials, surfactants, colloids and emulsions
Techniques: Light Microscopy, Light scattering, Microfluidics, X-ray scattering
- Developing an undergraduate science curriculum that is both interdisciplinary and
centred on experimentation.
- A reversible shear-induced crystallization above the equilibrium freezing temperature in a
lyotropic surfactant system, Vikram Rathee, Rema Krishnaswamy, Antara Pal, Marianne
Imperor-Clerc, Brigitte Pansu, V. A. Raghunathan, and A. K. Sood, Proc. Natl. Acad.
Sci. USA 110, 14849 (2013).
- Yield stress, shear banding and thixotropy in a very dilute suspension of few layer
graphene oxide platelets, K. S. Vasu, Rema Krishnaswamy, S. Sampath, and A. K. Sood
Soft Matter 9, 5874 (2013).
- Shear banding in yield stress bearing Langmuir monolayer
Sayantan Majumdar, Rema Krishnaswamy and A. K. Sood Soft Matter 7, 7805 (2011).
- Discontinuous shear-thickening in dilute carbon nanotube suspensions
Sayantan Majumdar, Rema Krishnaswamy, and A. K. Sood Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA
108, 8996 (2011).
- One-step synthesis of single-crystalline Platinum nanorods within a ‘soft’ crystalline
surfactant-Pt (II) complex,
Rema Krishnaswamy, Hynd Remita, Marianne Imperor, Catherine Even, Patrick
Davidson, and Brigitte Pansu, Chem Phys Chem 7, 1510 (2006).
- Structure of DNA-CTAB- hexanol complexes, Rema Krishnaswamy, Georg Pabst,
Michael Rappolt, V. A. Raghunathan, and A. K. Sood, Phys. Rev. E 73, 031904 (2006).