Alan Jeffrey Giacomin

Alan Jeffrey Giacomin (born April 1, 1959 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada) is a professor of Chemical Engineering at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and cross-appointed in the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering.[1] He has been Editor-In-Chief of Physics of Fluids since 2016.[2] He holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Rheology from the Canadian government's Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.[3] Since 2017, Giacomin has been President of the Canadian Society of Rheology.

Alan Jeffrey Giacomin
Born1 April 1959 (1959-04) (age 60)
NationalityCanadian and American
Alma materMcGill University (Ph.D., 1987)
Queen's University (M.Sc., 1983), (B.Sc. Honours, 1981)
Scientific career
FieldsChemical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Non-Newtonian fluids
Polymer engineering
Plastics extrusion
Nonlinear Viscoelasticity
InstitutionsQueen's University
Doctoral advisorJohn Michael Dealy


Giacomin graduated from St. Thomas High School (Quebec) in Pointe-Claire, Quebec. He later went to Queen's University and completed a B.Sc. Honours in chemical engineering in 1981. He then completed a M.Sc. in chemical engineering in 1983 at Queen's University. Following this, Giacomin joined Professor John Dealy's group at McGill University and completed a Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1987.[4][1]


He has been a faculty member in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.[2] At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he directed the Rheology Research Center for 20 years. He has held visiting professorships in North America, Europe, and Asia at: Université de Sherbrooke, McGill University, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, École des Mines de Paris, the National University of Singapore, Chung Yuan University, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, University of Crete, Shandong University, Shanghai University, Peking University and King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok.[1]

He has served The Society of Rheology as Associate Editor for Business for the Journal of Rheology.[2] In October 2016 he gave the keynote lecture for Rheology of Complex Fluids at the 66th Annual Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference.[4] Giacomin holds Professional Engineer status in Wisconsin and Ontario.[4]


Professor Giacomin and his group have published on the rheology of polymeric liquids, and especially on their behaviours in large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow (LAOS) (see Self-assembly of nanoparticles).[5] Specifically, Giacomin has explored the role of polymer orientation in LAOS.[6] Giacomin developed the conversions from standardized polymer durometer hardness to Young's modulus using linear elastic indentation mechanics.[7]

Honours and awards


  1. "Jeffrey Giacomin". Queen's University. Retrieved 2017-06-24.
  2. "Alan Jeffrey Giacomin Appointed New Editor-In-Chief of AIP Publishing's Physics of Fluids". American Institute of Physics. Retrieved 2017-06-24.
  3. "Alan Giacomin". Government of Canada. Retrieved 2017-06-24.
  4. "Keynote Lectures". 66th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference. Retrieved 2017-06-24.
  5. "Alan Jeffrey Giacomin, PhD, PE, PEng". Google Scholar. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  6. Bird, R.B.; Giacomin, A. J.; Schmalzer, A. M.; Aumnate, C. (2014). "Dilute rigid dumbbell suspensions in large-amplitude oscillatory shear flow: Shear stress response". Journal of Chemical Physics. 140. doi:10.1063/1.4862899.
  7. Mix, A.; Giacomin, A. J. (2011). "Standardized Polymer Durometry". Journal of Testing and Evaluation. 39: 696–705. doi:10.1520/JTE103205.
  8. "Associate Members". Institute of Non-Newtonian Fluid Dynamics. Retrieved 2017-06-24.
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