Joel Koplik
Professor of Physics

Levich Institute, Steinman Hall, #1M-19
City College of CUNY
140th Street and Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
Phone: (212) 650-8162
Fax: (212) 650-6835
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  • (B.S., 1969, Physics) The Cooper Union
  • (Ph.D., 1974, Physics) University of California at Berkeley

Research Interests:

  • Molecular fluid mechanics – dynamics of surfactants in solution – interfacial boundary conditions – nanoscale flows on patterned substrates – drop coalescence and splashing – colloidal particles
  • Fluid and particulate flow in geological fractures and random porous media
  • Vortex dynamics in superfluid turbulence

Research Sponsors:

  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)

Current Postdoctoral Research Associates:
Current Graduate Students:

Latest Publications:


  • Molecular dynamics simulation of the motion of colloidal nanoparticles in a solute concentration gradient and a comparison to the continuum limit, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 184501 (2013), with N. Sharifi-Mood and C. Maldarelli
  • Crossover from fast relaxation to physical aging in colloidal adsorption at fluid interfaces, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 028302 (2013), with C. Colosqui and J. F. Morris
  • Attenuation of shock waves propagating through nano-structured porous materials, Phys. Fluids 25, 076102 (2013), with A. Al-Qananwah and Y. Andreopoulos
  • Nanodrop impact on solid surfaces, Phys. Fluids 25, 022003 (2013), with R. Zhang
  • Diffusiophoretic self-propulsion of colloids driven by a surface reaction, Phys. Fluids 25, 012001 (2013), with N. Sharifi-Mood and C. Maldarelli
  • Effect of capillary bridging on Janus particle stability at the interface of two immiscible liquids, Soft Matter 9, 4585 (2013), with S. Razavi and I. Kretzschmar
  • Suspension flow and sedimentation in self-affine fractures, Phys. Fluids 24, 053303 (2012), with T.-S. Lo
  • Micro- and nanoscale fluid flow on chemical channels, Soft Matter 8, 9221 (2012), with F. Dörfler, M. Rauscher, J. Harting and S. Dietrich
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