£200k EPSRC New Investigator Award for Marc Pradas

Thursday, Mar 15th 2018

Congratulations to Marc Pradas, who has been awarded a £200k New Investigator Award by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for a project entitled “Droplets with dynamic size on smooth surfaces”.  

This project will explore the fundamental interplay between a  time-dependent variation of the droplet volume and simple smooth variations on solid surfaces. We aim to investigate under which conditions a droplet may naturally exhibit lateral motion as its volume changes in time, and to exploit this in applications on droplet control, such as directed motion.

Droplets with dynamic size on smooth surfaces

Controlling the dynamics of droplets on solid surfaces and associated wetting phenomena is important for a wide range of technological applications, such as liquid-repellent surfaces, microchemical reactors and fluid transport processes, and the rapidly growing fields of micro-and nano-fluidics. Quite often the volume of the droplets is subject to external, time-dependent variations, a situation that we will refer to as droplets with dynamic size. 


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