# Aparna Baskaran

Degrees

University of Florida, Ph.D.Expertise

Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, theory of soft active materialsProfile

Baskaran is a theorist interested in understanding the dynamics of soft materials far from equilibrium. She is presently focused on understanding active materials such as self-propelled colloids and in vitro cytoskeletal filament systems, field and shear driven colloids and granular materials.Courses Taught

PHYS | 20a | Waves and Oscillations |

PHYS | 40a | Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics |

PHYS | 91g | Introduction to Research Practice |

PHYS | 162b | Quantum Mechanics II |

PHYS | 163a | Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics |

PHYS | 163b | Principles of Soft Materials Theory |

Awards and Honors

Early Career Award for Soft Matter Research (2019)

Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer '69 Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring (2018)

Scholarship

Y. Fily, A. Baskaran and M. F Hagan. "Active Particles on a Curved Surface." __Submitted to PRL__ (2016). (forthcoming)

Guillaume Duclos, Raymond Adkins, Debarghya Banerjee, Matthew SE Peterson, Minu Varghese, Itamar Kolvin, Arvind Baskaran, Robert A Pelcovits, Thomas R Powers, Aparna Baskaran, Federico Toschi, Michael F Hagan, Sebastian J Streichan, Vincenzo Vitelli, Dan. "Topological structure and dynamics of three-dimensional active nematics." __Science__ 367. 6482 (2020): 1120-1124.

M. S. E. Peterson, M. F. Hagan and A. Baskaran. "Statistical properties of a tangentially driven active filament." __Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment__ (2020): 013216.

M. Varghese, A. Baskaran, M. F. Hagan and A. Baskaran. "Confinement-Induced Self-Pumping in 3D Active Fluids." __PRL__ 125. (26) (2020): 268003.

P. Chandrakar, M. Varghese, S. Ali Aghvami, A. Baskaran, Z. Dogic and G. Duclos. "Confinement controlled bend instability of three dimensional active fluids." __PRL__ 125. 25 (2020): 257801.

Z. You, A. Baskaran and M. C. Marchetti,. "Nonreciprocity as a generic route to travelling states." __PNAS__ 117. 33 (2020): 19767-19772.

A. Joshi, E. Putzig, A. Baskaran and M. F. Hagan. "Interplay between activity and filament flexibility determines emergent properties of active nematics." __Soft Matter__ 15. (2019): 94-101.

C. G. Wagner, M. F. Hagan and A. Baskaran. "Response of active Brownian particles to boundary driving." __Phys Rev E__ 100. (2019): 042610.

Joia Miller, Chaitanya Joshi, Prerna Sharma, Aparna Baskaran, Gregory M. Grason,Michael F. Hagan, Zvonimir Dogic. "Conformational switching of chiral colloidal rafts regulates raft-raft attractions and repulsions." __PNAS__ 116. (2019): 15792-15801.

Sujeet Kumar Choudhary, Aparna Baskaran, Prerna Sharma. "Re-enterant efficiency of phototaxis in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii cells." __Biophysical Journal__ 117. (2019): 1508-1513.

M. Norton, A. Baskaran, A. Opathalage, B. Langeslay, S. Fraden, M. F. Hagan and A. Baskaran. "Insensitivity of active nematic dynamics to topological constraints." __Phys. Rev E__ 97. (2018): 012702.

B. Hancock and A. Baskaran. "Statistical Mechanics and Hydrodynamics of Self-Propelled Hard Spheres." __JSTAT__ 033205. (2017).

C. G. Wagner, M. F. Hagan and A. Baskaran. "Steady-state distributions of ideal active Brownian particles under confinement and forcing." __JSTAT__ 043203. (2017).

L. Walsh, C. G. Wagner, S. Scholssberg, C. Olsen, A. Baskaran and N. Menon. "Noise and diffusion of a vibrated self propelled particle." __Soft Matter__ 13. 47 (2017): 8964-8968.

R. Sakhardande,S. Stanojeviea, A. Baskaran, A. Baskaran, M. F. Hagan and B. Chakraborty. "Theory of microphase separation in bidisperse chiral membranes." __PRE__ 96. (2017): 012704.

Y. Fily, A. Baskaran and M. F Hagan. "Equilibrium mappings in polar-isotropic confined active particles." __EPJ E__ 40. (2017): 61.

E. F. Putzig, G. Redner, A. Baskaran and A. Baskaran. "Instabilities, defects and defect ordering in an overdamped active nematic." __Soft Matter__ 12. (2016): 3854-3859.

G. S. Redner, C. G. Wagner, A. Baskaran and M. F Hagan. "A classical nucleation theory description of active colloid assembly." __PRL__ 117. (2016): 148002.

M. F. Hagan and A. Baskaran. "Emergent Self organization in active materials." __Current Opinion in Cell Biology__ 38. (2016): 74-80.

A. P. Solon, Y. Fily, A. Baskaran, M. E. Cates, Y. Kafri, M. Kardar and J. Tailleur. "What is the pressure of an active fluid." __Nature Physics__ 11. (2015): 673-678.

B. Hancock and A. Baskaran. "Effect of reorientation statistics on the torque response of a self propelled particle." __Phys. Rev. E__ 92. 052143 (2015).

E. Bertin, A. Baskaran, H. Chate and M. C Marchetti. "Comparison between Smoluchowski and Boltzmann approaches to self-propelled hard rods." __Phys Rev E__ 92. (2015): 041421.

S. J. DeCamp, G. S. Redner, A. Baskaran, M. F. Hagan and Z. Dogic. "Orientational order of motile defects in active nematics." __Nature Materials__ 14. (2015): 1110-1115.

Y. Fily, A. Baskaran and M. F. Hagan. "Dynamics of strongly confined self-propelled particles in non-convex boundaries." __Phys Rev E__ 91. (2015): 012125.

Arvind Baskaran, Aparna Baskaran, John Lowengrub. "Kinetic Density Functional Theory of Freezing." __J Chem Phys__ 141. (2014): 174506.

Elias Putzig, Aparna Baskaran. "Phase Separation and Emergent Structures in an Active Nematic." __Phys Rev E__ 90. (2014): 042304.

P. Kumar, D. Gold, D. L. Blair, A. Baskaran and J. S. Urbach. "Shear driven aggregation of SU8 Microrods in suspension." __Soft Matter__ 10. (2014): 6514.

Yaouen Fily, Aparna Baskaran, Michael F. Hagan. "Dynamics of Self-Propelled Particles Under Strong Confinement." __Soft Matter__ 10. (2014): 5609.

Baskaran, Aparna and Dufty J. W.. __Kinetic theory of active and granular particles__. Proc. of RGD 28. Zaragosa, Spain: AIP, 2013.

Baskaran, Aparna and Marchetti M. C. "Self-regulation in Self-propelled Nematic Fluids." __Euro. Phys. J E__ 35. (2013): 1-8.

G. S. Redner, A. Baskaran and M. F. Hagan. "Reentrant phase behavior in active colloids with attraction." __Physical Review E__ 88. (2013): 012305.

G. S. Redner, M. F. Hagan and A. Baskaran. "Structure and dynamics of a phase-separating active colloidal fluid." __Physical Review Letters__ 110. (2013): 055701.

Fily, Y., Baskaran, A., Marchetti, M. C.. "Cooperative Self-Propulsion of Active and Passive Rotors." __Soft Matter__ 8. 10 (2012): 3002 - 3009.

Gopinath, A., Hagan, M. F., Marchetti, M. C., Baskaran, A.. "Dynamical self-regulation in self-propelled particle flows." __Physical Review E__ 85. (2012): 061903.

McCandlish, S. R., Baskaran, A., Hagan, M. F.. "Spontaneous Segregation of Self-Propelled Particles with Different Motilities." __Soft Matter__ 8. 8 (2012): 2527 - 2534.

Baskaran, Aparna and Dufty J. W.. "Granular Hydrodynamics from Kinetic Theory – Fundamental Considerations." __Computational Gas Solid Flows – Theory, Methods and Practice__. Ed. Pannala, Syamlal, O’Brien. IGI Global, 2010

Baskaran, Aparna and Marchetti M. C. "Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics of self-propelled rods." __J. Stat. Mech__ (2010): P04019.