Multiscale Thermofluids

Institute for Multiscale Thermofluids (IMT) at the School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh

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Full Job Title: 

Chair of Interfacial Science & Engineering and Director of Discipline

Engineering Discipline: 

  • Chemical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Multiscale Thermofluids

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I became Professor of Interfacial Science & Engineering and Director of Chemical Engineering in Edinburgh in 2020 after eight years at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle where I was first Executive Dean of the Faculty of  Eng

Red blood cells play a critical role in the human body, transporting oxygen to our cells. Anomalies in the way these cells flow through the body are associated with many serious diseases worldwide, and as such, are of great interest to researchers seeking to tackle some of society’s most significant healthcare challenges. Academics from the School of Engineering have co-authored a new paper in the Biophysical Journal which reports an unexpected discovery in the way these blood cells flow and arrange themselves under laboratory conditions, with important implications for future experimental research in this field. 

Spatial arrangement of red blood cells (RBCs) in rectangular or square microchannels of different aspect ratio (AR) along the channel length (x-axis direction). Dh = hydraulic diameter of the channel. (a) shows the top and side views of the channel, while (b) shows the cross-sectional view.

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