Anson W. K. Ma

Associate Professor


Ph.D., University of Cambridge (2009)

Current Research

  • Structure, rheology, and processing of complex fluids
  • Inkjet and 3D printing
  • Nanotechnology

Professional Activities

Visiting Professor on Sabbatical, Unilever and Yale University (2017 – 2018)

Site Director, National Science Foundation (NSF) Additive Manufacturing Center (SHAP3D)

Technical Council Member, America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Institute (NextFlex)

Area Chair, 22A Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting (2013 – Present)
Member: American Chemical Society, AIChE, Materials Research Society, Society of Rheology, British Society of Rheology, Institute of Physics

Current Research Group

Postdoctoral Fellow/Technician  Graduate Students Undergraduate Students
Dr. Michelle Li

Paul Chen

Erik Carboni

Shing-Yun Chang

Alan Shen

Zack Bauman

Hailey Ross

Dhruvit Patel

Research Statement

The common theme of Dr. Ma’s research group, Complex Fluids Laboratory (CFL), at UConn is to understand the microstructure and rheology (flow behavior) of complex fluids, thereby developing novel, scalable techniques for processing these fluids into useful articles. Of particular interest are fundamental rheology problems with technological importance. Four main lines of research include:

  • Developing Next-Generation Inkjet and 3D Printing for Additive Manufacturing
  • The Rheology and Microstructure of Nanoparticles at Fluid-Fluid Interfaces
  • Flow Dynamics and Transport of Nanoparticles in Biological Fluids
  • Phase Behavior and Rheology of Fluids Containing Nanoparticles

Previous Positions

2009 – 2011 J. Evans Attwell-Welch fellowship, Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Rice University (USA)
2008 – 2009 Technical Consultant, Paramata Ltd. (UK), Nanoholdings LLC (USA)
2003 Summer Intern, CLP Research Institute (Hong Kong)
2001 Summer Assistant, Air Products Asia Inc. (Hong Kong)

Awards & Honors

2015  Excellence in Research and Creativity: Early Career Award, American Association of University Professors (AAUP)-UConn Chapter
2016  3M Non-tenured Faculty Award, 3M Corporation
2015  Arthur B. Metzner Early Career Award, Society of Rheology,
2013 NSF CAREER award
2012 Distinguished Young Rheologist, TA Instruments
2009 J. Evans Attwell-Welch fellowship, Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Rice University (USA)
2007 Messel Travel Bursary, The Society of Chemical Industry (UK)
2006 Fellow, Cambridge Philosophical Society (UK)
2005 Croucher Foundation Scholarship (Hong Kong)
2005 Honorary Scholar, Cambridge Overseas Trust (UK)
2005 Fellow, Cambridge Overseas Society (UK)
2005 Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme (ORSAS) Scholarship (UK)

Recent Publications

Book Chapter: Ma, A. W. K., F. Chinesta, Chapter 8 – Carbon nanotube composite reinforcements, in P. Boisse (ed.) Composite reinforcements for optimum performance: fundamentals, properties and modelling, Woodhead publishing, Cambridge, UK (2011). ISBN 1 84569 965 3; ISBN-13: 978 1 84569 965 9.

  1. Guo, H. Patanwala, B. H. Bognet, A. W. K. Ma. The physics of inkjet and inkjet-based 3D printing. Rapid Prototyping, 23(3), 562-576 (2017).
  2. J. Carboni, B. H. Bognet, G. M. Bouchillon, A. L. Kadilak, L. M. Shor, M. D. Ward, A. W. K. Ma. Direct tracking of particles and quantification of margination in blood flow. Biophysical Journal, 111(7), 1487-1495 (2016).
  3. Chen, X. Ma, Q. Dong, D. Song, D. Hargrove, S. Vora, A. W. K. Ma, X. Lu, Y. Lei. Self-healing of thermal-induced, biocompatible and biodegradable protein hydrogel. RSC Advances, 6, 56183-56192 (2016).
  4. E. Tsentalovich, A. W. K. Ma, J. A. Lee, N. Behabtu, E. A. Bengio, A. Choi, J. Hao, Y. Luo, R. J. Headrick, M. J. Green, Y. Talmon, M. Pasquali. Relationship of extensional viscosity and liquid crystalline transition to length distribution in carbon nanotube solutions. Macromolecules, 49(2), 681-689 (2016).
  5. Bognet, Y. Guo, A. W. K. Ma. Controlling system components with a sound card: A versatile inkjet fluid testing platform. Rev. Sci. Int., 87, 015101 (2016).
  6. R. Vora, B. Bognet, H. S. Patanwala, F. Chinesta, A. W. K. Ma. Surface pressure and microstructure of carbon nanotubes at an air–water interface. Langmuir, 31(16), 4663 – 4672 (2015)

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Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-4630
Mailing Address97 North Eagleville Road, Unit 3136, Storrs, CT 06269-3136
Office LocationIMS-210