Join our (virtual) workshop on Complex Fluids in Manufacturing organised in collaboration with the British Society of Rheology, as part of the dissemination plan for our EPSRC Formulation grant CORAL ( Complex ORAL health products: Characterisation, modelling and manufacturing challenges). We are brining together researchers and practitioners from academia and industry to discuss challenges and applications of complex fluids. Details on the workshop and how to book can be found in:
Our new JFM paper on Shear-thinning mediation of elasto-inertial Taylor–Couette flow is now out. Well done Tom!
This month we are joined by Drs James Sweeney and Amin Deyranlou as well as Menqui Li. James will continue our work on the complex formulation project CORAL, applying AFM techniques to probe interparticle intercations. Amin will work on the Virtuoso project developing in silico tools for Aortic Dissection. Menqui is a visiting researcher from Beijing Institute of Technology who will be with us for a year to work on microdroplets and encapsulation. Welcome to the group!
It is the end of 2020 and this month we are saying goodbye to Mirko and Gaia who are both moving to R&D and consultancy positions in Oxford Heartbeat and Executive Insights respectivly. Best of luck to both. You will be missed!
Congratulations to Andrea and Anastasia for succesfully defending their theses this autumn. Andreas thesis was entitled ‘The effect of red blood cell deformability on
microscale blood flows’ (25 September 2020) and Anastasia’s ‘Particle suspensions in complex formulations‘ (16 November 2020). Two more Drs from the group this year. Also congratulations to Anastasia for joining GSK and good luck to both!
We are joined by three new PhD students this academic year: Theofilos Boulafentis, funded by the DTP programme on Fundamental Engineering and researching into Elastoinertia Turbulence; Louis Giraldin, working on our Virtuoso project modelling Aortic dissection and Federica Ninno, who joined the i 4Health CDT to work on peripheral arteriar disease and machine learning. Welcome to the group!
Congratulations to Gaia for succesfully defending her thesis entitled ‘In vitro Tools for the Personalised Haemodynamic Assessment of Aortic Dissection‘ today (8 July 2020). Another research superstar! Well done Dr Franzetti!
Good luck to Andrea in his new Postdoc poistion in the Biorheology Lab, CUT Cyprus, starting this month.
Congratulations to Shigang for passing his viva for his PhD on ‘High-speed Microscale Flows Across Obstacles For Enhanced Mixing‘ without corrections! Well done Dr Zhang!
Our paper ‘Surface tension driven flow of blood in a rectangular microfluidic channel: Effect of erythrocyte aggregation‘ with our collaborators in CUT (Kaliviotis, Cyprus University of Technology) selected as Editors pick in Physics of Fluids.
Congratulations to Tom for securing an academic position in IMT Lille Douai. Not that far from UCL after all…
Our collaborating work on ‘Suspension rheology of adhesive particles at high shear-rates‘ with Dr Jurriaan Gillisen and Prof Helen Wilson (UCL Maths) appears in Physical Review Fluids. Well done Anastasia and Jurriaan!
Congratulations to Mirko Bonfanti for been a runner up for the European Society of Biomechanics Best Doctoral Thesis award. Well done Mirko! https://esbiomech.org/blog/newsletters/esb-newsletter/?lang=en
See Mirko’s and Gaia’s work featuring on the Simpleware website here.
Congratulations to Anastasia for getting her first paper ‘ On the shear thinning of non-Brownian particle suspensions: friction or adhesion?’ published in the Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics. Well done!
Stavroula gives plenary talk in the World Forum for Women in Science… and reunited with collaborators and friends Carolina and Renato Cotta!
Very pleased to be hosting Yiannis Dimakopoulos from University of Patras for a seminar on Rheological Modelling of Blood.
Great APS conference this year in Seattle with the UCL CORAL team.
Congratulations to Mirko for succesfully passing his viva without corrections and becoming Dr Bonfanti. Excellent work!
Flume goes to Atlanta and Toulouse!
Strong group presence at the MNF2018 in Georgia Tech, Atlanta. Well done to Andrea and Shigang on delivering excellent talks and Stavroula on her plenary talk.
Also well done to Neil in representing us at the Mixing16 presenting his work on non-Newtonian Taylor Couette flow.
So delighted with Prof Mike Yianneskis receiving the EFCE Lifetime Recognition award for his contribution to mixing research in the same meeting.
Our students shine at the STEM4 Britain event, 12 March 2008.
Congratulations to Neil for making news with his latest co-authored publication in the Physics of Fluids.
‘New research reports advances in measuring blood flow velocity in deep tissue’ –Thore’s work features in a news release!.
Thore’s paper on Photoacoustic flowmetry using a medical ultrasound scanner is out!
Our new paper (with Dr Song form Division of Surgery) on Semi-interpenetrating network hyaluronic acid microgel delivery systems in micro-flow is now online in the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. Well done to Andrea and Qiqing for the microfluidic work.
Jennika Vadera, our summer intern, has been shortlisted by the faculty for best summer project. Jennika worked in our lab over the summer developing a microfluidic flow cytometer for red blood cells. Good luck with the presentation Jennika.
Our new Physics of Fluids paper on local viscosity distribution in bifurcating blood flows is now online.The paper applies a viscosity model developed by Dr Stathis Kaliviotis to our blood flow data in a T junction channel to obtain distribution of viscosity by taking into account the aggregate structures that Stathis has detected!
Congratulations to Thore for having his first journal paper accepted in the Journal of Biomedical Optics.
STEM for Britain for Mirko and Thore. Congratulations to Mirko and Thore who were selected to present their work in the Pariament!
This month we welcome Professors Renato Machado Cotta and Carolina Naveira Cotta from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Renato is funded by a prestigious Leverhulme visiting professorship and Carolina by a scholarship from CAPES/Brasil. Renato and Carolina will be working on novel experimental and theoretical aspects of microscale heat and mass transfer.
What a fantastic Christmas lunch and bouldering experience to end the year! Thank you Gaia and Thore for organising!.
Congratulations to Mirko whose aortic dissection paper just appeared in J. Royal Society Interface.
Andreas attends the Blood flow meeting in Paris.
Congratulations to Andrea for passing his transfer viva on 13 September.
We welcome back Thore who just completed a 3 month internship in Sagentia and went hiking in the Alps. We also say goodbye to our summer projects students Kamal and Jennika who completed their MSc project and internship respectively.
FLUME and MUSE go to Spain. Mirko and Gaia, joined by Francesca, present their work at ESB2017 in Seville, Spain.They also chair a session.
Welcome to Jennika Vadera who joins us as a summer intern. Jennika, a MEng student, has been awarded an EPSRC vacation bursary to conduct research on microfluidic characterisation of cell biomechanics properties.
Stavroula presents RBC work at the 9th World Conference on Experimental Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics – ExHFT-9, held in Iguazu Falls, Brazil, from June 11 – 15, 2017.
Congratulations to Gaia for winning best poster award at the MechEng PhD Conference 2017.
Congratulations to Thore for publishing his first journal paper ‘From medical imaging data to 3D printed anatomical models’ in PLOS One.
Our new paper entitled ‘Red blood cell aggregate flux in a bifurcating micro channel’ is now online. Medical Engineering and Physics, doi.org/10.1016/j.medengphy.2017.04.007.
Congratulations to Mirko Bonfanti who successfully passed his upgrade viva on 31 May.
Welcome back to Dr Neil Cagney who joins us again after a brief period in UCL Earth Science to work on the CORAL project.
Well done to Gaia and Mirko having had their abstract accepted for Oral presentation at the ESB 2017 in Seville.
New paper on Partitioning of RBC aggregates in bifurcating microscale flows is published in Scientific Reports. https://www.nature.com/articles/srep44563.
Congratulations to Thore for successfully defending his MPhil/PhD transfer.
Thore presents his paper entitled ‘Acoustic resolution photoacoustic Doppler flowmetry using a transducer array: optimising processing for velocity contrast ‘ in SPIE Photonics West Conference, San Francisco 2017.
Christmas dinner 2016
Andreas presents his first paper entitled ‘The effect of RBC stiffness on micro
haemodynamics‘ in MNF 2016 in Milan.