My research involves the modelling and simulation of complex fluids, for example emulsions, suspensions of deformable particles or red blood cells in microfluidic devices. I am teaching in the first and second years Chemical Engineering and am working on enhancing the "soft skills" development of our students. I am also the "Engineering Postdoc Champion", promoting the career development of our postdocs.
Sorting and separating particles based on their intrinsic properties (e.g. size or deformability) is important for the diagnosis of diseases. My PhD students and I use computer simulations to better understand those separation mechanisms.
Blood is clearly one of the most important fluids in the human body. It transports oxygen and nutrients to all cells in the body. It is also related to a number of diseases, such as malaria or blood clotting disorders. Understanding how red blood cells deform and how platelets initiate the clotting process is key to the development of novel disease diagnostics and treatments.
The rheology of dense suspensions strongly depends on the particle properties, volume fraction and confinement. I am interested in understanding the mechanisms affecting the viscosity of dense suspensions.
The lattice-Boltzmann method is a relatively new approach to solve the Navier-Stokes equation; but it can do much more than that. There is still an active research interest and method development, and the number of applications where the lattice-Boltzmann method plays a role is constantly increasing.