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.

  • Arago teaching prize awarded by the students Applied Physics, March 2018
    • Vici grant awarded by by NWO (Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research), February 2018
      • "Giant Soap Bubbles" covered by Le Monde.
        Article in PNAS can be found here, March 2017


Physics of Fluids group
Fac. of Science and Technology
University of Twente
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