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Lou Kondic

NJIT Professor Lou Kondic is involved in the mathematical modeling and simulating of granular materials, as well as in development of numerical methods for highly nonlinear partial differential equations related to the flows of thin liquid films.

Kondic’s research interests have also led him to the supersonic dynamics of gas bubbles in liquids exposed to acoustic radiation.  He has done analytical and computational modeling of convective and radiative energy transfer between fluids.  The work has been applied to the effect of single bubble sonoluminescence.  In the area of granular materials, Kondic has focused on developing analytical models plus molecular dynamics simulations of two- and three-dimensional granular systems.  Carrying out large-scale computational simulations to understand contact line instabilities and resulting pattern formation has been another interest. 

In 2005, Kondic received a Fulbright Foundation grant and traveled to Argentina to study the dynamics of non-Newtonian liquid films involving contact lines.  He currently leads four federally funded projects totaling more than $800,000.  Grants are for:  “Experimental and Computational Study of the Instabilities, Transport, and Self Assembly of Nanoscale Metallic Thin Films and Nanostructures” (National Science Foundation (NSF), $200,000); “CREATIV: Nonlinear Data Reduction applied to Dense Granular Media” (NSF, $140,000); “Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute (PASI) on Frontiers in Particulate Media: From Fundamentals to Applications” (NSF,$100,000); “Microstructure, fluidization, and control of penetrator trajectories in granular media” (Department of Defense, $370,000). 

Kondic is also co-principal investigator with NJIT Associate Professor Linda Cummings as a principal investigator of a $400,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to model and analyze nematic films in order to study flow substrate interactions.  In the prior years he led other projects also funded by NSF as well as NASA.  Kondic received his doctorate from the City University of New York. 

Last update:  Aug. 13, 2013

Topics: mathematical modeling, granular materials, thin liquid films, gas bubbles