Our research uses specialised analytical and computational tools to analyse fluid flow regimes at small scales, including multiphase systems, wetting phenomena, and confined micro-flows. We consider problems arising in different areas, from natural and biological systems to engineering and industrial applications. The figure below shows an example of a mechanism used to control droplet motion on a patterned surface (top panel), and irregular wave interactions in falling liquid films (bottom panel).
Soft matter includes: liquid crystals in your laptop screen, emulsion in your mayonnaise, and colloidal suspensions in many household products. Although the microscopic details of these matter are quite complicated, e.g. hydrogen-bond, the macroscopic behaviours of these systems are often very simple and can be analysed using tools from statistical physics.