SIG-Drop Dynamics

Group photo of the Inaugural Meeting, April 2017



This Special Interest Group (part of the UK wide Fluids Network, EPRSC) aims to encourage discussions and establish collaborative networks around the topic of Drop Dynamics. The objective is to bring together experimentalists, theoreticians and numerical modellers to study the topics (but not limited to!) of pinch-off, drop formation and generation, coalescence, drop interactions, drop impact, spreading and splashing, and applications of drops (inkjet, sprays, microfluidics, coatings, 3D printing). The membership to this group is open to the public and aimed to researchers and students working in the field of droplets. Please, email us to include your email to the circulation list.

Our membership offers an unmatched set of skills and expertise, ranging from fundamental asymptotic and high resolution numerical models (such as DNS, Lattice Boltzmann and Molecular Simulations), through state-of-the-art experimental techniques (such as ultra-high-speed image visualisation and holography), to applied research (microfluidics, inkjet, spray/combustion, and biofluids).


Special Interest Group meetings will be held twice a year.  Each meeting will cover a combination of fundamental and applied research to encourage, foster, establish and strengthen collaboration between the groups.  Group leaders will be encouraged to bring research associates, assistants and graduate students to the meetings. 


  1. A.A. Castrejon-Pita – Associate Professor. University of Oxford. DPhil in Physics. Expertise in experimental physics and visualisation. Current research focus on filament pinch-off, splashing and coalescence, and novel methods for the generation of droplets. (SIG Leader at Oxford)
  2. J.R. Castrejon-Pita – Lecturer. Queen Mary, University of London. PhD in Physics. Expertise in droplet dynamics, inkjet processes and optical methods including holography and high speed imaging. (SIG Leader at QMUL)
  3. R. Cimpeanu– Research Fellow, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford. Current research is concentrated on the theoretical and numerical study of fluid-fluid interfaces in immiscible multi-layer flows, with a particular focus in electrohydrodynamic control in microfluidics.
  4. B. Darby – Professor of Material Science. University of Manchester. Inkjet printing, drop spreading and drop interaction. (SIG Co-Leader)
  5. F. Denner – Research Fellow. Imperial College. PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Expertise in the development of numerical methods that enable and drive a paradigm shift from experimental to computational development of engineering applications and processes that feature two-phase flows and rely on an in-depth understanding of interfacial transport mechanisms.
  6. J. Eggers – Professor. University of Bristol, PhD in Physics. Expertise in theoretical fluid mechanics, statistical mechanics. Theory of singularities, drop pinch-off, drop impact, drop coalescence, evaporation, spreading. 
  7. David Fairhurst– Principal Lecturer. Nottingham Trent University. Complex fluids and the behaviour of droplets on surfaces, including evaporation.
  8. M. Gavaises – Professor. City University of London. PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Multi-phase flow modelling and experiments, fuel sprays, cavitation in hydraulic equipment, atomisation, droplet dynamics
  9. O.G. Harlen – Reader. University of Leeds. PhD in Mathematics. Expertise in Fluid dynamics of complex fluids, and the development of constitutive models to predicting how these fluids flow in industrial applications.
  10. P. Hicks – Lecturer. University of Aberdeen. PhD in Mathematics.  Works on violent fluid flows, splashing, water entry problems, liquid-solid impact, droplets, and porous media.
  11. J. Hinch FRS – Professor. University of Cambridge. Interests include the dynamics of small drops, the flow dynamics of complex fluids, and applications of mechanics to industrial problems, including in particular the ink-jet printing industry.
  12. A. Korobkin – Professor. University of East Anglia. Unsteady problems of hydrodynamics and hydroelasticity. Splashing. Interactions between fluids with free surfaces and rigid or elastic bodies. Asymptotic analysis. Theory of analytic functions. Mixed boundary-value problems. Numerical analysis.
  13. K. Kubiak – Lecturer. PhD in Material Science. University of Huddersfield. Research interests are focusing on surface metrology, wettability and the numerical simulations of surface interface using Lattice Boltzmann Methods.  
  14. G. McHale – Professor of Applied & Materials Physics. University of Northumbria, Newcastle. PhD in Applied Mathematics. Expertise in theory and experiments on the wetting/dewetting of smart surfaces including superhydrophobicity, Leidenfrost effect and liquid impregnated surfaces.
  15. M. Moore– Fellow in Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford. Fluid dynamics, perturbation methods, matched asymptotics, splash dynamics and water entry, aircraft icing.
  16. J. Ockendon FRS – Emeritus Professor. University of Oxford. Asymptotic methods, drop/fluid impact and splashing.
  17. J. Oliver – Associate Professor. University of Oxford. Expertise in the application of mathematical modelling and asymptotic methods to free and moving boundary problems in engineering, industry and biology, e.g. droplet impact, spreading and evaporation; water entry problems; thin-film flows; cell motility and blebbing; tissue engineering and physiological flows.
  18. D. Papageorgiou – Professor, Imperial College, Applied mathematics, fluid dynamics problems involving moving interfaces. Modelling, analysis and computations of multifluid flows in microfluidic geometries. Marangoni forces due to surfactants and electrostatic and electrokinetic effects and their effect in micro- or nano-fluidic applications.
  19. J. Sprittles – Assistant Professor, University of Warwick. Expertise in coalescence of drops, dynamics wetting, bubble generation, pinch-off and jetting and drop impact.
  20. Y. Sui – Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary, University of London. Simulation/modelling of bubbles, particles and small objects in flows, complex multiphase flows, moving contact lines, breakup and coalescence.
  21. R. Stone – Professor of Engineering Science, University of Oxford. Expertise in internal combustion, sprays and microdroplet evaporation.
  22. E. Walsh – Associate Professor in Heat Transfer, University of Oxford. Microfluidics, bioprinting, fluidics sensors.
  23. S. K. Wilson– Chair in Mathematics, University of Strathclyde. thin-film flows, evaporating droplets, non-Newtonian fluids , anti-surfactants and self-re-wetting fluids, fluid-structure interaction problems, thermocapillary (Marangoni) and thermoviscosity effects, and fluid impact problems.
  24. M.C.T. Wilson – Associate Professor. University of Leeds. PhD in Mechanical Engineering.  Areas of expertise: fluid mechanics; tribology; mathematical modelling; simulation; computational mechanics; multiphase flow; free-surface flows; droplet dynamics; wetting; printing and coating flows; CFD
  25. B. Xu – Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering. University of Northumbria. PhD in Mechanical Engineering Expertise in responsive materials based structure and device, controllable surface elastic instability, micro-fluidics, controllable droplet shaping and motions enabled by deformable surface.
  26. J.M. Yeomans FRS – Professor of Physics, University of Oxford. DPhil in Theoretical Physics. Lattice Boltzmann simulations of drop dynamics; complex fluids, the interactions of fluids with structured surfaces.
  27. K. Yokoi – Lecturer. Cardiff University. Ph.D in Mathematics at Hokkaido University. Expertise in a number of scientific computing areas, mainly computational fluid dynamics, particle dynamics and Biofluids. 



Kick-off meeting to be held in Oxford on 3rd October. Please see the schedule of the day here