Press Release

NASA Announces Research Grants in Microgravity and Fluid Physics

By SpaceRef Editor
January 5, 2000
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NASA has selected 75 researchers to receive grants totaling
approximately $25 million over four years to conduct microgravity
fluid physics research on Earth and in space. This research is
focused on obtaining beneficial applications in space-based health
and life support systems, and in earth-based systems.

Sponsored by NASA’s Office of Life and Microgravity Science
and Applications, this research offers investigators the
opportunity to utilize a low-gravity environment to enhance the
understanding of fundamental physical and chemical processes
associated with fluid physics.

Researchers will use NASA’s microgravity research facilities
such as drop tubes, drop towers, aircraft flying parabolic
trajectories and sounding rockets, with the flight-definition
investigators working toward experiments on space-flight test beds
such as the International Space Station and Space Shuttle.

Sixty-one of the grants are to conduct ground-based research,
while the remaining 14 are flight-definition efforts. Twenty-nine
of these grants are for continuation of work currently being
funded by NASA, but the majority — 46 — represent new research

NASA received 297 proposals in response to its research
announcement in this area. These proposals were all peer-reviewed
by scientific and technical experts from academia, government and
industry. In addition, those proposals selected for flight
definition were reviewed in terms of engineering feasibility by a
team from NASA’s Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH.

A list of awardees (by state), their institutions, and
research titles can be found on the Internet at:



Dr. Marc L. Pusey
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Huntsville, AL
3The Study and Optimization of Flow Effects in Solution Biological
Crystal Growth2


Professor Chuan F. Chen
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
3Effects of Gravity in Single- and Double-Diffusive Systems Under
Gravity Modulation2


Professor Sanjoy Banerjee
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
3Direct Numerical Simulation of Turbulent Flows with Phase Change
in Microgravity2

Dr. David Cannell
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
“Gradient Driven Fluctuations”

Dr. Vijay K Dhir
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
“Transition from Pool to Flow Boiling — The Effect of Reduced

Dr. Alice P Gast
Stanford University
Stanford, CA
“Anisotropic Collidal Self Assembly”

Professor Joe D. Goddard
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA
3Vibratory Dynamics and Transport of Granular Media at Various G

Professor George M. Homsy
Stanford University
Stanford, CA
3Microgravity Fluid Mechanics: G-Jitter Convection and the
Mechanics of Fluidized Beds2

Professor Melany L. Hunt
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA
3Granular Material Flows with Interstitial Fluid and Electrostatic
Charging Effects2

Dr. Farrokh Issacci
AlliedSignal Aerospace
Torrance, CA
3Two-Phase Flow in Multi-Channels – Liquid Holdup and Capillary

Professor Eckart H. Meiburg
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
3The Dynamics of Particulate Deposition and Resuspension Processes
at Moderate to High Reynolds Numbers2

Professor Peter Taborek
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA
3Superfluid Contact Line Dynamics2


Dr. Noel A. Clark
University of Colorado, Boulder
Boulder, CO
“Structure and Dynamics of Freely Suspended Liquid Crystals”

Dr. Joshua E. Colwell
University of Colorado, Boulder
Boulder, CO
3Physics of Regolith Impacts in Microgravity Experiment (PRIME)2

Dr. Robert H. Davis
University of Colorado, Boulder
Boulder, CO
3Surface Collisions Involving Particles and Moisture (SCIP’M)2

Professor John E. Hart
University of Colorado, Boulder
Boulder, CO
3Stratified Taylor-Couette Flow with Radial Buoyancy2

Dr. Jungho Kim
University of Denver
Denver, CO
“Pooling Boiling Transfer Mechanisms in Microgravity and Partial

Professor William B. Krantz
University of Colorado, Boulder
Boulder, CO
3Microscopic Flow Visualization in Demixing Fluids During
Polymeric Membrane Formation in Low-G2

Dr. Mark Weislogel
TDA Research, Inc.
Wheat Ridge, CO
3Capillary Flow in Interior Corners2


Professor Robert Apfel
Yale University
New Haven, CT
3Studies of the Dynamics, Control, and Evaporation of Three-
Dimensional Droplet Arrays and Clusters2

Dr. Amir Faghri
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT
3Heat Transfer in Rotating Thin Liquid Films Including Nucleate

Professor Marshall L Grant
Yale University
New Haven, CT
3Effect of Structure-Dependent Interactions on the Formation of
Colloidal Aggregates and Nuclei2

Professor Michael Loewenberg
Yale University
New Haven, CT
3Flows of Wet Foams and Concentrated Emulsions2

District of Columbia

Dr. Glenn R. Joyce
Naval Research Laboratory
Washington, DC
3Modeling Dusty Plasmas in Microgravity2


Dr. Ravindran Chella
Florida A&M/Florida State University College of Engineering
Tallahassee, FL
3Lattice-Boltzmann Techniques for Multiphase Flow and Transport in
Microgravity Environment2

Professor Anthony J.C. Ladd
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
3Microgravity Driven Instabilities in Gas-Fluidized Beds2

Dr. Ranga Narayanan
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
3Separation of Species by Oscillatory Flow2


Professor G. Paul Neitzel
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA
3Non-Coalescence in Microgravity: Science and Technology2

Dr. Minami Yoda
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA
3Novel Optical Diagnostic Techniques for Studying Particle Contact
and Deposition Upon a Large Cylinder in a Sheared Suspension2


Professor Amitava Bhattacharjee
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
3Theory and Simulation of Ground-Based and Microgravity Dusty
Plasma Experiments2

Dr. Jeffrey S. Marshall
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
3Rivulet Dynamics with Variable Gravity and Wind Shear2


Professor Stephen H. Davis
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
3Interfacial Dynamics2

Dr. Constantine M. Megaridis
University of Illinois, Chicago
Chicago, IL
3Molten-Metal Droplet Deposition on a Moving Substrate in
Microgravity: Aiding the Development of Novel Technologies for
Microelectronic Assembly2

Dr. Mary Silber
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
3Competing Instabilities and the Spatio-Temporal Dynamics of
Interfacial Wave Patterns2


Professor James A. Glazier
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN
3Diffusive Coarsening of Liquid Foams in Microgravity2

Professor Issam Mudawar
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
3Investigation of Critical Heat Flux in Reduced Gravity Using
Photomicrographic Techniques2

Professor Peter Schiffer
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN
3Experimental and Theoretical Studies of Wet Granular Media2


Dr. Christopher Sorensen
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS
3Gelation in Aerosols: Non-Mean-Field Aggregation Kinetics2


Dr. John J. Hegseth
University of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
“Geophysical Flow Experiment in a Rotating Spherical Capacitor”


Dr. Michael R. Moldover
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Gaithersburg, MD
“Acoustic Study of Critical Phenomena in Microgravity”

Dr. Andrea Prosperetti
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
“Acoustic Bubble Removal from Boiling Surfaces and its

Dr. Kathleen J.Stebe
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
“Using Surfactants to Control Bubble Growth Coalescence in
Nucleate Pool Boiling”


Professor Seth Fraden
Brandeis University
Waltham, MA
3Nucleation of Colloidal and Protein Crystals in the Vicinity of a
Metastable Critical Point2

Dr. James Carl Hermanson
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA
3Stability and Heat Transfer Characteristics of Condensing Films
in Reduced Gravity2

Dr. R. Glynn Holt
Boston University
Boston, MA
3Rheology of Foam Near the Order-Disorder Phase Transition2

Dr. David A. Weitz
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
3Fabrication of Photonic Structure with Colloid Engineering2


Professor Marc Perlin
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
3Using Nonlinearity and Contact Lines to Control Fluid Flow in

Dr. Michael J. Solomon
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
3Aggregation and Gelation in Suspensions of Anisometric Particles:
Studies of Colloidal Platelets and Rods2

Professor Gretar Tryggvason
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
3Computational Modeling of the Effect of Secondary Forces on the
Phase Distribution in Dispersed Multiphase Channel Flows2

New Jersey

Dr. Benjamin J. Glasser
Rutgers University
Piscataway, NJ
3The Effect of gravity on the Mechanics of Fluidized Beds2

Professor Dudley A. Saville
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
3Electrohydrodynamic Flows in Electrochemical Systems2

New York

Dr. James T. Jenkins
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
3Sheet Flows, Avalanches, and Dune Evolution on Earth and Mars2

Professor Donald L. Koch
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
3Turbulence-Induced Coalescence of Aerosol Particles2

Professor Joel Koplik
City College of New York
New York, NY
3Molecular Dynamics of Fluid-Solid Systems2

Professor Peter C. Wayner
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY
3Theoretical and Experimental Investigation of the Stability of an
Evaporating Constrained Vapor Bubble2

North Carolina

Dr. Robert P. Behringer
Duke University
Durham, NC
“Gravity and Granular Materials”


Dr. Ramaswamy Balasubramaniam
NASA Lewis Research Center
Cleveland, OH
3Instability of Miscible Interfaces2

Dr. Walter M.B. Duval
NASA Lewis Research Center
Cleveland, OH
3Stereo Imaging Velocimetry of Mixing Driven by Buoyancy Induced
Flow Fields2

Dr. DeVon W. Griffin
NASA Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, OH
3Phase-Shifting Point-Diffraction Interferometer for Microgravity
Fluid Physics2

Dr. Yasuhiro Kamotani
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH
3Gas-Evolving Effects on Mass Transfer in Rotating Electrochemical
Cells Under Microgravity Conditions2

Dr. John McQuillen
NASA Lewis Research Center
Cleveland, OH
“A Study of Bubble and Slug Gas-Liquid Flow in a Microgravity

Mr. Randall L. Vander Wal
National Center for Microgravity Research
Cleveland, OH
3Splashing Droplets2

Dr. Nengli Zhang
Ohio Aerospace Institute
Cleveland, OH
3Enhanced Boiling on Micro-Configured Composite Surfaces Under
Microgravity Conditions2


Professor Ajay K. Agrawal
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK
3Gravitational Effects on Flow Instability and Transition in Low
Density Jets2

Professor F. C. Lai
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK
3Enhancement of Microgravity Fiber Impregnation Using
Electrohydrodynamic Induction Pumping2

Dr. Ramkumar Parthasarathy
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK
3Instability and Breakup of Gas Jets Injected in Coflowing


Professor Lance R. Collins
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA
3Dynamics of Aerosol Particles in Stationary, Isotropic

Dr. Daniel A. Hammer
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
3Engineering of Novel Biocolloid Suspensions2

Dr. Xiao-Lun Wu
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
“Forced Two-dimensional Turbulence in Freely Suspended Films”

Rhode Island

Professor Mohammad Faghri
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI
3Phase Change in a Low and Jittering Gravity Environment Simulated
via Electromagnetic Field2


Professor M. Douglas LeVan
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
3Separation of Carbon Monoxide and Carbon Dioxide for Mars ISRU2


Dr. Philip L. Marston
Washington State University
Pullman, WA
“Acive and Active Stabilization of Liquid Bridges in Low Gravity”

Dr. Thomas J.Matula
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
“Buoyancy-Driven Instabilities in Single-Bubble Sonoluminescence

Dr. Ward TeGrotenhuis
Battelle Memorial Institute
Richland, WA
3Microchannel Phase Separations for Insitu Resource Utilization2


Dr. Eric E. Rice
Orbital Technologies Corporation
Madison, WI
3Magnetic Fluid Management (MFM)2

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