Dr. Prabhakar Ranganathan

Dr. Prabhakar Ranganathan

Senior Lecturer
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Room 349, 20 Research Way (New Horizons), Clayton Campus

Prabhakar leads the Complex Fluid Systems research group in the Dept. of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.

He is interested in understanding through modeling, simulations and analysis how micro-scale interactions determine the complex and emergent macroscale behaviour of complex fluid systems.

Systems of interest include active systems consisting of self-propelled particles, as exemplified by cilia and flagella driven collectively by protein motors, and suspensions, swarms and tissues of motile microbes, and also passive systems, such as solutions of flexible polymers.

The group also works on analytical tools and techniques for designing experiments to test theoretical models and for developing innovative applications of complex fluid systems.



  • B Tech, Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras.
  • MS, Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras.
  • Ph.D, Chemical Engineering, Monash University.


Complex fluids
Polymer solutions
Non-Newtonian fluids
Particle-based simulation methods
Computational Fluid Dynamics

Supervision interests

  • Modeling and simulations of solutions of active polymers
  • Modeling and simulations of suspensions of self-propelled particles
  • Modeling and simulations of flagellar propulsion
  • Modeling and simulations of mechanical stigmergy
  • Particle-based mesoscale simulations of complex fluids

Professional Association

  • Treasurer, Australian Society of Rheology
  • Member, Society of Rheology
  • Member, Americal Physical Society
Last modified: 11/05/2020