We are interested in fundamental aspects of microscale fluid mechanics and transport phenomena in multiphase systems.
Much of the group’s research focuses on topics at the interface between classical fluid mechanics and materials science. These include the mechanisms of formation of solid-stabilised emulsions, liquid transport in oil repellent textiles, and the liquid processing of nanostructured materials.
Our work is based primarily on computer simulation and theory. We carry out experiments when the systems are too complex, the modelling assumptions are not clear or we just need data.
The Fluids, Particles and Interfaces research group is embedded into the wider QMUL’s Fluid Group.
Current research areas are:
- fundamentals of dispersed multiphase flows, including drops, particulate suspensions, and powders;
- modelling of particle-laden drops, bubbles and emulsions, for applications to materials science (e.g. nanoparticle stabilised polyner blends) and chemical engineering;
- micromechanics of and solute transport in biological and bioengineered materials, including cell mechanics and transport in gels for regenerative medicine;
- capillary deformation of drops on deformable substrates (“soft wetting”);
- modelling of deagglomeration/dispersion of nanoparticles in sheared liquids;
- fluidisation of pharmaceutical drug powders in inhaler devices;
- liquid transport in textiles via X-ray microscopy.