Safa Jamali

Assistant Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering



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  • 617.373.5782

Research Focus

microstructure-macroscopic properties relationship in complex fluids; rheology and physics of complex and structured fluids; colloidal suspensions; mesoscale computational science; computational fluid dynamics; physics of living systems; hemorheology and hemodynamics


  • PhD, Case Western Reserve University, 2015

Research Overview

microstructure-macroscopic properties relationship in complex fluids; rheology and physics of complex and structured fluids; colloidal suspensions; mesoscale computational science; computational fluid dynamics; physics of living systems; hemorheology and hemodynamics

Selected Research Projects


Selected Publications

  • Mahmoudabadbozchelou, Mohammadamin, Caggioni, Marco, Shahsavari, Setareh, Hartt, William H., Em Karniadakis, George, Jamali, Safa (2021). Data-driven physics-informed constitutive metamodeling of complex fluids: A multifidelity neural network (MFNN) framework. Journal of Rheology, 65(2),179-198. 10.1122/8.0000138
  • Yazdani, Alireza, Deng, Yixiang, Li, He, Javadi, Elahe, Li, Zhen, Jamali, Safa, Lin, Chensen, Humphrey, Jay D., Mantzoros, Christos S., Em Karniadakis, George (2021). Integrating blood cell mechanics, platelet adhesive dynamics and coagulation cascade for modelling thrombus formation in normal and diabetic blood. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 18(175). 10.1098/RSIF.2020.0834
  • Jamali, Safa, Armstrong, Robert C., McKinley, Gareth H. (2020). Time-rate-transformation framework for targeted assembly of short-range attractive colloidal suspensions. Materials Today Advances, 5,100026. 10.1016/J.MTADV.2019.100026
  • Jamali, Safa, Del Gado, Emanuela, Morris, Jeffrey F. (2020). Rheology discussions: The physics of dense suspensions. Journal of Rheology, 64(6),1501-1524. 10.1122/8.0000174
  • Mahmoudabadbozchelou, Mohammadamin, Eghtesad, Amirsaman, Jamali, Safa, Afshin, Hossein (2020). Entropy analysis and thermal optimization of nanofluid impinging jet using artificial neural network and genetic algorithm. International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer, 119,104978. 10.1016/J.ICHEATMASSTRANSFER.2020.104978
  • Wang, Mu, Jamali, Safa, Brady, John F. (2020). A hydrodynamic model for discontinuous shear-thickening in dense suspensions. Journal of Rheology, 64(2),379-394. 10.1122/1.5134036
  • Jamali, Safa, Brady, John F. (2019). Alternative Frictional Model for Discontinuous Shear Thickening of Dense Suspensions: Hydrodynamics. Physical Review Letters, 123(13). 10.1103/PHYSREVLETT.123.138002
  • Jamali, Safa, Armstrong, Robert C., McKinley, Gareth H. (2019). Multiscale Nature of Thixotropy and Rheological Hysteresis in Attractive Colloidal Suspensions under Shear. Physical Review Letters, 123(24). 10.1103/PHYSREVLETT.123.248003
  • S. Jamali, G.H. McKinley, R.C. Armstrong Rheology, Microstructure and Heterogeneity in Thixotropic Elasto-Visco-Plastic Fluids, Physical Review Letters, 118, 2017, 048003
  • A. Boromand, S. Jamali, J. Maia, Structural Fingerprints of Yielding in Short-Ranged Attractive Colloidal Gels, Soft Matter, 13(2), 2017, 458-473
  • S. Liu, S. Jamali, J.-B. Baek, J. Maria, L. Dai Solvent Induced Conformational Switching of Polymer Brush Functionalized Graphene Transistors, Macromolecules, 49(19), 2016, 7434-7441
  • S. Jamali, et al., A Gaussian-Inspired Auxiliary Thermostat for Non- Equilibrium Dissipative Particle Dynamics Simulations, Computer Physics Communications, 197, 2015, 27-34
  • S. Jamali, et al., Generalized Mapping of the Many-Body Dissipative Particle Dynamics Simulation Parameters onto Fluid Compressibility and the Flory-Huggins Theory, Journal of Chemical Physics, 142(16), 2015, 1-11
  • S. Jamali, et al., Microstructure and Rheology of Soft to Rigid Shear- Thickening Colloidal Suspensions, Journal of Rheology, 59(6), 2015, 1377-1395
  • S. Khani, S. Jamali, A. Boromand, M. Hore, J. Maia Polymer-Mediated Nanorod Self-Assembly Predicted by Dissipative Particle Dynamics Simulations, Soft Matter, 11(34), 2015, 6881-6892
  • S. Jamali, A. Boromand, J. Maia, Viscosity Measurement Techniques in Dissipative Particle Dynamics, Computer Physics Communications, 196, 2015, 149-160
  • S. Jamali, M. Yamanoi, J. Maia, Bridging the Gap Between Microstructure and Macroscopic Behavior of Monodisperse and Bimodal Colloidal Suspensions, Soft Matter, 9(5), 2013, 1506-1515
Safa Jamali


Aug 12, 2021

Understanding of the Physics of Dense Suspensions

MIE Assistant Professor Safa Jamali, in collaboration with Lilian Hsiao from North Carolina State University, received a $794K NSF grant for “Visualizing statistical force networks in colloidal materials far-from-equilibrium.”

Safa Jamali


Jul 30, 2021

$1.8M NSF Grant for Designing and Controlling Geopolymers Structures

MIE Assistant Professor Safa Jamali is leading a $1.8 million NSF DMREF (Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future) grant, in collaboration with Norman Wagner from the University of Delaware, Emanuela Del Gado from Georgetown University, and the Air Force Research Laboratory, to create “Rheostructurally-Informed Neural Networks for Geopolymer Material Design.”

Safa Jamali


Jul 28, 2020

Researching How Gravity Impacts Gel Materials Including Tests in Space

MIE Assistant Professor Safa Jamali is leading a $500K NSF grant, in collaboration with Ali Mohraz from University of California, Irvine, for studying “Bimodal Colloidal Assembly, Coarsening and Failure: Decoupling Sedimentation and Particle Size Effects”.

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Jan 30, 2020

Eight COE Projects Selected for GapFund360

Northeastern’s GapFund360 program helps Northeastern’s researchers bridge the gap between promising lab results and demonstrating a commercially viable prototype. Awards range from $50K -$100K. Nine projects were selected from a pool of 39 applications from across the university; COE contributed 25 of the applications and seven projects were selected for funding. Congratulations to the following COE researchers whose projects were selected for Phase I or Phase II GapFund360 funding: ChE Assistant Professor Sidi Bencherif, MIE Assistant Professor Safa Jamali, ECE Assistant Professor Sarah Ostadabbas, ChE/COS Associate Professor Carolyn Lee-Parsons, ECE Professor Tommaso Melodia, ECE Associate Research Scientist Salvatore D’Oro, ECE Associate Professor Kaushik Chowdhury, ECE Principal Research Scientist Yousof Naderi, ECE Postdoc Ufuk Muncuk, ECE Professor Vincent Harris, ECE Associate Research Scientist Parisa Andalib, ECE Associate Professor Matteo Rinaldi, and ECE Research Assistant Professor Zhenyun Qian.

Safa Jamali


Dec 17, 2019

Jamali Receives ACS Petroleum Research Grant

MIE Assistant Professor Safa Jamali was awarded a $110K American Chemical Society Petroleum Research grant for his project on “Flow Assurance Rheology of Multi-Phasic Crude Oil”


Sep 01, 2017

New Faculty Spotlight: Safa Jamali

Safa Jamali joins the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department in September 2017 as an Assistant Professor.

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