Dr. Saad Khan has been named the INVISTA Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University.
Khan joined the NC State faculty in 1993.
He is an internationally renowned scholar in the areas of soft solids, gels, colloids and associative networks. From his seminal work in foam rheology, Khan’s research has expanded to include rheology and processing behavior of novel and complex materials, and more recently to engineered and functional electrospun nanofibers.
His research focuses on the rheology of structured polymeric systems, particularly the relationship between material microstructure, chemistry, and macroscopic properties. The use of rheology with other techniques provides a powerful and unique combination to understand and describe the macroscopic behavior of structured systems in terms of their underlying chemistry and/or microstructure. His goals have been to use such an approach to obtain physical insights and new information on systems that are technologically or environmentally relevant.
Khan has amassed more than 140 peer-reviewed publications with more than 2,800 citations and an h-index of 34. He has been issued 16 patents in areas ranging from polymer gel electrolytes to hydraulic fracturing fluid and super critical facilitated process and materials, a testament to the breadth and depth of his research.
He received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University in 1980 and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985.