Capillary Flows & Elasticity
My research focuses on flows in the presence of a free surface, such as thin liquid films, drops or bubbles. These flows are governed by capillary forces (surface tension) and lead to many interesting shapes and phenomena. I am also interested in the mechanics of very soft elastic media and their interaction with fluids. These "Soft Wetting" phenomena arise for example for liquid drops on gels or lubrication of sliding solids. Besides fundamental interest, capillary flows are at the core of industrial applications like coating and small-scale imaging technologies.
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Article in the American Journal of Physics can be found here, September 2018