April 2021

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:

March 2021

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!

December  2020

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!

September-November 2020

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!

July 2020

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.

June 2020

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…

May 2020

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!

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!

February 2020

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.

November 2019

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!

September 2018

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.


March 2018

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.

February 2018

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.

January 2018

STEM for Britain for Mirko and Thore. Congratulations to Mirko and Thore who were selected to present their work in the Pariament!

December 2017

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!.

November 2017

FLUME goes to APS!. Neil presents his VIV and non-Newtonian Taylor-Couette flow work at the APS DFD2017 meeting in Denver Colorado.

Congratulations to Mirko whose aortic dissection paper just appeared in J. Royal Society Interface.

October 2017

Andreas attends the Blood flow meeting in Paris.

September 2017

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.

July 2017

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.

June 2017

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,

May 2017

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.

April 2017
Well done to Gaia and Mirko having had their abstract accepted for Oral presentation at the ESB 2017 in Seville.

March 2017

New paper on Partitioning of RBC aggregates in bifurcating microscale flows is published in Scientific Reports.

March 2017

Congratulations to Thore for  successfully defending his MPhil/PhD transfer.

January 2017

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

September 2016

Andreas presents his first paper entitled ‘The effect of RBC stiffness on micro
‘  in MNF 2016 in Milan.