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Dr. Suvendu Mandal

Universität InnsbruckMandal_1
Institut für Theoretische Physik
Office: 2S06 ITP
Technikerstr. 21A
A-6020 Innsbruck
Mail: smandal86[a]gmail.com
Tel.: +43 512 507 52271

Research interests:

  • strongly confined liquids
  • micro-rheology of dilute colloidal suspensions
  • active colloidal glasses
  • heterogeneous dynamics of colloidal binary-mixture

Recent work:

Strongly confined liquids:

Transport of liquids in nano-sized pores or narrow  channels is crucial for most natural and industrial processes. It can exhibit a series of fascinating behaviors when the confinement length scale is comparable to the molecular size. We explore this regime of confinement by simulating hard-spheres confined in a slit or wedge geometry. Our study suggests that the confinement length scale appears as another control parameter to the non-equilibrium phase diagram. In particular, we find that a wedge-like confinement with very very small tilt angle can promote a liquid-glass coexistence. Since there is a growing interest for smaller system in modern applications, these new findings can be utilized for future technological advancements.


Fig. Hard-sphere liquids confined in a wedge geometry.


  1. S. Mandal and T. Franosch, Diverging time scale in the dimensional crossover for liquids in strong confinement, Physical Review Letters, APS, 118, 065901. Journal
  2. S. Mandal, S. Lang, M. Gross, M. Oettel, D. Raabe, T. Franosch, F. Varnik, Multiple reentrant glass transitions in confined hard-sphere glasses, Nature Communications, 5, 4435. Journal
  3. F. Varnik, S. Mandal, V. Chikkadi, D. Denisov, P. Olsson, D. Vagberg, D. Raabe, P. Schall, Correlations of plasticity in sheared glasses, Physical Review E, 89, 1 – 6. Journal
  4. S. Mandal, V. Chikkadi, B. Nienhuis, D. Raabe, P. Schall, F. Varnik, Single-particle fluctuations and directional correlations in driven hard-sphere glasses, Physical Review E, 88, 022129. Journal
  5. S. Mandal, M. Gross, D. Raabe, F. Varnik, Flow heterogeneity and correlations in a sheared hard sphere glass: insight from computer simulations,  AIP Conference Proceedings, AIP Publisher, New York, 1518, 266-271. Journal
  6. V. Chikkadi, S. Mandal, B. Nienhuis, D. Raabe, F. Varnik, P. Schall, Shear-induced anisotropic decay of correlations in hard-sphere colloidal glasses, EPL Journal, 100, 56001. Journal
  7. S. Mandal, M. Gross, D. Raabe, F. Varnik, Heterogeneous shear in hard sphere glasses, Physical Review Letters, APS, 108, 098301. Journal


2014: Doctoral degree from Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Düsseldorf, Germany

2008: M. Sc. in Physics, IIT Madras, Chennai, India

2006: B. Sc. in Physics, Calcutta University, Calcutta, India