Subas Dhakal

Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics

Science Center 116
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214


(315) 445-4663


Professor Subas Dhakal received his Ph.D. in theoretical Physics from Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University, OH. Following postdoctoral fellowships at Northwestern University and Syracuse University, he joined the Department of Physics at Le Moyne College in 2018 as a visiting assistant professor. His research utilizes computer simulations and analytical calculations to understand the structure, dynamics, and flow properties of a wide range of soft materials. In particular, his current research interest is on liquid crystals, colloids, molecular self-assembly, surfactants, polymers, and membranes.


Current Courses
  • Non-Calculus General Physics I (PHY-101)
  • Gen Phys Scientist/Engineer I (PHY-105)
  • General Physics Laboratory (PHY-103-05)
  • General Physics Laboratory (PHY-103-07)
Previous Courses
  • Non-Calculus General Physics II
  • Gen Phys Scientist/Engineer II
  • Modern Physics
  • Fundamentals of Thermodynamics
  • Electromagnetism
  • Mathematical Physics

Research Interests

  • Multiscale simulations of soft materials/complex fluid
  • High performance computing
  • Interplay between curvature and topological defects in liquid crystals
  • Chirality and biaxiality in liquid crystals
  • Flexoelectricity in liquid crystals
  • Mechanical properties of membranes
  • Stress relaxation in viscoelastic materials

Recent Publications

  1. S. Dhakal and J. V. Selinger “Statistical mechanics of splay flexoelectricity in nematic liquid crystals” Phys. Rev. E 81, 031704 (2010)
  2. S. Dhakal and J. V. Selinger “Chirality and biaxiality in cholesteric liquid crystals” Phys. Rev. E 83, 020702(R) (2011)
  3. S. Dhakal, F. J. Solis, and M. Olvera de la Cruz “Nematic liquid crystals on spherical surfaces: control of defect configurations by temperature, density, and rod shape” Phys. Rev. E 86, 011709 (2012)
  4. S. M. Shamid, S. Dhakal and J. V. Selinger “Statistical mechanics of bend flexoelectricity and the twist-bend phase in bent-core liquid crystals” Phys. Rev. E 87, 052503 (2013)
  5. S. Dhakal, K. L. Kohlstedt, G. C. Schatz, C. A. Mirkin, and M. Olvera de la Cruz “Growth dynamics for DNA-guided nanoparticle crystallization” ACS Nano, 2013, 7 (12), pp 10948
  6. S. Dhakal and R. Sureshkumar “Topology, length scales and energetics of surfactant micelles” J. Chem. Phys. 143, 024905 (2015)
  7. S. Dhakal and R. Sureshkumar “Uniaxial extension of surfactant micelles: counter ion mediated chain stiffening and a mechanism of rupture by flow-induced energy redistribution” ACS Macro Lett., 2016, 5, pp 108–111
  8. S. Dhakal and R. Sureshkumar “Anomalous diffusion and stress relaxation in surfactant micelles” Phys. Rev. E 96, 012605 (2017)
  9. A. Sambasivam, S. Dhakal and R. Sureshkumar “Structure and rheology of self-assembled aqueous suspensions of nanoparticles and wormlike micelles” Molecular Simulation, 44:6, 485-493, DOI: 10.1080/08927022.2017.1387658


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