Physics of fluids group

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We study phenomena in non-equilibrium complex systems, such as biological fluids, turbulent flows, and self-organisation. We work on fundamental problems, as well as on engineering self-propelled micro-swimmers for cargo delivery, methods of controlling diffusion, manipulation of particles and micro-organisms in biological and micro-fluidics systems.

Our Biofluid Mechanics stream explores the mechanics of living fluids, bacterial suspensions and bacterial biofilms.

We also study energy conversion in turbulent flows, spanning turbulence-driven rotors and propulsion, rectification of chaos and control of turbulent diffusion.

Our research can be applied to environmental technologies, including conversion of wave energy, water surface cleaning methods and manipulation of floating particles by waves.


Turbulence is listed among the most important unsolved problem of physics, which is due to both its complexity and its ubiquity in nature and technology.

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Surface waves

Waves on the surface of liquids can provide information about properties of the surface and of the fluid itself.

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Rotating flows

Planetary rotation greatly influences flows of fluids in atmospheres and oceans through the Coriolis acceleration.

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