Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Staff Scientist, Education Research Center, 1971-73 and Department of Physics, 1973-76.
Electro- and magneto-rheology.
Materials of current interest involve nanocomposites, polysaccharide solutions, and food rheology related to dysphagia..
Prior funding sources included NSF, ARL, CMU and several industrial partners.
N. Almeida, A. Mueller, S. Hirschi and L. Rakesh, "Rheological studies of polysaccharides for skin scaffolds," J. Biomed. Mater. Res. Part A, 102A (2014), 1510-1517. Online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jbm.a.34805.
N. Almeida, S. Hirschi, A. Mueller and L. Rakesh, "Viscoelastic Properties of κ-Carrageenan in Saline Solution," J. Therm. Anal. Cal., 102 (2010) 647-652. Online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10973-010-0944-0.
M. Lalko, L. Rakesh, S. Hirschi, "Rheology of Polycarbonate Reinforced With and Without Functionalized Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes" J. Therm. Anal. Cal., 95 (2009) 203-206. Online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10973-008-8984-4.
E. Don Almeida, S. Hirschi, A. Mueller, L. Rakesh, “Computer Simulation and Rheological Study of Xanthan Gum” SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering, Costa Mesa, CA (2007)
M. Kujawski, L. Rakesh, S. Hirschi, B. Fahlman, E. Don Almeida, N. Bullard, J Hiller, “Steady Shear and Linear Viscoelastic Properties of Melt Mixed and Injection Molded Samples of Polypropylene, Polystyrene, and Polyethylene Nanocomposites with Carbon Black, Vapor Grown Carbon Fibers, and Carbon Nanotubes” Proc. IMECE2006-15814, ASME, Chicago, (2006)
Source: Miller, J; Hirschi, S.; Rakesh, L., "The Development of Magnetorheological Capabilities, SRCEE-2007.