Rema Krishnaswamy

Areas of Interest & Expertise

Topology, Dynamics and Rheology of Active Liquid Crystal Emulsions, Developing an undergraduate science curriculum that is both interdisciplinary and centred on experimentation.


Rema Krishnaswamy is a faculty with the School of Arts and Sciences.

Before joining the university, she worked 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 (20102015). 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 (20042005) and subsequently a Centenary Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science (20062009).

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 biomaterials. 

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 we 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.


Publications and Writings

  • 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).