•  Lorenzo Botto (group leader)

  • Research interests: fluid mechanics, transport phenomena, interfacial mechanics, applied mathematics, scientific computing
  • Short bio:
    • 20013-current Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Fluid Mechanics, Division of Engineering Science, School of Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary University of London
    • 2012-2013 Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, Imperial College (supervisor: Prof. Y. Xu)
    • 2009-2012 Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Pennsylvania (supervisor: Prof. K. Stebe)
    • 2009 Ph.D. in Fluid Mechanics, Johns Hopkins University (supervisor: A. Prosperetti)
    • 2006 M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
    • 2003 Master in Applied Mathematics, U. of Milan
    • 2002 Laurea in Industrial Engineering, U. of Udine


  • Catherine Kamal (Postdoctoral Research Assistant)


  • Project: ERC Project FlexNanoFlow: graphene hydrodynamics, boundary element methods, flexible sheets in Stokes flow

  • Chuan Gu (Postdoctoral Research Assistant)20141119_201718
  • Current project: fluid dynamics of environmental flocs, in collaboration with QMUL’s School of Geography (Prof. K. Spencer) and HR Wallingford Ltd.
  • Past project:  colloidal particles at fluid interface, computational multiphase flows; developer of the FIPI code (click here for more details)

  • Gannian Zhang (PhD student)


  • Project: wetting of fibrous materials, surface engineering,  super-oleophobic surfaces; second supervisor: Asa Barber.

  •  Giulia Salussolia (PhD student)


  • Project: flow-induced fracture nano mechanics; fluid-structure interactions at the nanoscale; hydrodynamic flow rupture and dispersion of graphene and carbon nanotubes; second supervisor: Nicola Pugno.

  •  David Stratford Devalba ( PhD student, co-advised)


  • Project: jamming of rubbery particles for soft robotics; primary supervisor: James Busfield

  •  Sania Sarfraz (Master level student, Internship)


  • Project: modelling of mass transport  across cell membranes, cell buckling,  osmotic shocks in micropipette experiments; collaboration with Martin Knight

  • Arturo Jose Mendoza Meinhardt ( PhD student, co-advised, collaboration with Mata Group)


  • Project: Peptide-based self-assembled membranes – interfacial mechanics, wetting properties, and formation kinetics; primary supervisor: Alvaro Mata


  •  Crescenzo Pezone (visiting student from U. of Naples, Federico II)
  • Face%20picturesProject: shear-induced phase separation and encapsulation in immiscible polymer blends  (in collaboration with James Busfield and Artis Rubber Ltd)

  • Pui Duen Leung “Merry” (undergraduate research student)
  • picMerryProject: flow and transport phenomena in the blood brain barrier (in collaboration with Alvaro Mata and Helena Azevedo)

  •  Kathrin Preuss (visiting student from Germany, now PhD student in Magda Titirici’s group at QMUL)
  • Project: rheology of concentrated biomass suspensions (in collaboration with Yun Xu, Imperial College)

  • Thales Augusto Damasceno Machado (visiting student from Instituto Federal do Espirito Santo, Brazil)


Project: computer evaluation of percolation probability in nanocomposites from image processing


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