Kranthi K. Mandadapu is an associate professor and a theorist in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (College of Chemistry) at UC Berkeley. His lab is broadly interested in understanding the physical behaviors of systems at multiple length and time scales. His research is at the intersection of statistical mechanics, continuum mechanics (fluid and solid mechanics), and applied mathematics.
Materials behave differently at different length and time scales. The combination of properties at one length scale leads to interesting emergent behaviors at larger length scales. Mandadapu's interests broadly lie in discovering the underlying physical principles of behavior of materials at different length and time scales. He and his co-workers are usually interested in connecting the behaviors at smaller length scales to understand, predict and control the behaviors at coarser length and time scales.
Currently, he works with problems in the field of physics of soft and living systems related to three main topics :
- Principles of organization in biological membranes
- Physics of active matter and applications to biological systems
- Physical principles governing amorphous systems and glassy dynamics