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Brunel University

Brunel University


Professor Dimitris Drikakis (Plenary Abstract)


Professor Dimitris Drikakis field of expertise is in fluid dynamics, heat transfer and materials for a wide range of engineering, physics and biomedical applications. He is the Head of Engineering Sciences at Cranfield University.

He has been awarded twice the William Penney Fellowship (2008 – to present) from the UK’s Atomic Weapons Establishment for his research in computational fluid dynamics, shock physics and turbulent mixing. His research work has been supported by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), European Union, MoD (UK), BAE Systems, AWE, UKAEA, MBDA, Lockheed Martin, Chemring Defence, AgustaWestland, European Space Agency, National Health Services, amongst others. He is the author of about 340 journal and conference publications and of two books related to computational fluid dynamics and turbulence. He has been an associate editor of the ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering; The Aeronautical Journal (Royal Aeronautical Society); and the Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience. Professor Drikakis has also been a member of the Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee (2010-2013) of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as has served as an expert evaluator on behalf of the European Commission, European Research Council, and EPSRC amongst several other international funding bodies.

Professor Gerhard Gompper (Preliminary Abstract)


Professor Gerhard Gompper is the Director for Theoretical Soft Matter and Biophysics at the "Institute of Complex Systems" and the "Institute for Advanced Simulation" at the research centre Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany. He also holds a chair for Theoretical Physics at the University of Cologne. His research interest is wide and includes flow behaviour of complex fluids, blood cells and blood flow, microfluidics, sperm and cilia hydrodynamics, bacterial flagella bundling, microswimmers as well as mesoscale simulation techniques for fluid flow among others.

He was awarded the Carl-Wagner Award of the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany in 1992 and the Erwin-Schrödinger Award of the Stifterverband der Deutschen Wissenschaften and the Helmholtz Society (jointly with J. Allgaier, D. Richter, T. Sottmann and R. Strey) in 2002. Since 2007 he is a faculty member of the International Helmholtz Research School “BioSoft” on Biophysics and Soft Matter. He was a Member of the Minerva-Weizmann Committee of the Max-Planck Society from 2008-2012. From 2004 to 2007 he was a Co-Editor for Europhysics Letters and since 2007 he is a Section Editor of the Open Access Journal BioMed Central Biophysics. He is currently Coordinator for both, the DFG Priority Program “Microswimmers – From Single Particle Motion to Collective Behaviour” and the European Network of Excellence “SoftComp” (Soft Matter Composites – a new approach to functional nanoscale materials).

Professor David Sinton (Abstract)


Professor David Sinton is the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at the University of Toronto, and a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, Dr. Sinton was an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Victoria and a Visiting Associate Professor at Cornell University. He received a B.A.Sc. from University of Toronto, M.Eng. from McGill University and Ph.D. from University of Toronto. Dr. Sinton’s research interests are in fluidics and energy. This research involves the study and application of small scale fluid mechanics (microfluidics, nanofluidics, and optofluidics) for use in energy systems and analysis. He became a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering in 2012, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2013, and the McLean Senior Fellow in 2013.

More info: http://sintonlab.mie.utoronto.ca

Professor John R. Thome (Abstract)


Professor John R. Thome is Professor of Heat and Mass Transfer at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland since 1998, where he directs a two-phase heat transfer research laboratory with 20 some post-docs and PhD students. His work focuses on investigation of the fundamental phenomena of microchannel two-phase flows (and proposing of a new “smart” map), mechanistic two-phase flow pattern based heat transfer and pressure drop models for microscale evaporating flows, computerized flow control of two-phase microcooling systems, the development of multi-microchannel evaporators for electronics cooling, and the numerical modelling of two-phase phenomena. He received his Ph.D. at Oxford University, England in 1978. He is the author of four books: Enhanced Boiling Heat Transfer (1990), Convective Boiling and Condensation, 3rd Edition (1994), Wolverine Engineering Databook III (2004) and Nucleate Boiling on Micro-Structured Surfaces (2008). He received the ASME Heat Transfer Division's Best Paper Award in 1998 for his work published in the Journal of Heat Transfer and recently the Very Highly Commended Paper Award from the International Journal of Refrigeration for 2011-2012. Prof. Thome received the UK Institute of Refrigeration’s J.E. Hall Gold Medal in 2008 for his work on microscale refrigeration heat transfer and the 2010 ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award for his career work on flow pattern based heat transfer models for macro and micro-scale flows and recently an ASME 75th Anniversary Medal from the Heat Transfer Division. He hosted the 8th ECI International Conference on Boiling and Condensation Heat Transfer in Lausanne in June, 2012.

Professor Evgeny Rebrov (Abstract)


Professor Evgeny Rebrov is a full professor in Process and Reactor Engineering in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast since 2010. In 2007 he got a fellowship from the British Council-NWO partnership program in science and went to Cambridge University (UK), where he worked on the synthesis of bimetallic nanoparticles. In 2011, the European Research Council has awarded him a prestigious ERC Starting Grant to pursue frontier research in non traditional energy sources. This ERC grant addresses the development of advanced composite magnetic microparticles to be applied for efficient and fast heating using radiofrequency field and for improvement of mass transfer in laminar flow via magnetic actuation. The same year he received a UK-US New Partnership Award as part of the Strategic Alliances and Partnerships strand of the US-UK Prime Minister’s Initiative for International Education. In 2012 Prof Rebrov obtained his DSc in Chemical Engineering from Lomonosov Moscow University of Fine Chemical Technology. He is member of the Young Academy of Europe (YAE), member of the International Scientific Committee of the Chemreactor conference and corresponding member of the Scientific Council for Catalysis at the Department of Chemistry and Materials Science of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Evgeny is also member of the Editorial board of Chinese Journal of Engineering. He has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and provided 10 key-note and plenary lectures at international scientific conferences.

Professor Jason Reese (Abstract)


Professor Jason Reese FREng FRSE is the Regius Professor of Engineering in the University of Edinburgh. Following research positions at the Technische Universitaet Berlin and the University of Cambridge, he became a Lecturer in the University of Aberdeen, and then Lecturer and ExxonMobil Engineering Fellow in King's College London. He moved to the University of Strathclyde in 2003 as the Weir Professor of Thermodynamics & Fluid Mechanics, and was latterly Head of the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. In 2013 he was appointed to the Regius Professorship in Edinburgh University, the ninth incumbent of this position since it was established by Queen Victoria in 1868. In addition to his fundamental engineering science research on micro- and nano-scale flows, he is also involved in the industrial application of fluid mechanics. He co-founded Brinker Technology Ltd in 2002 to commercialise a novel leak detection and sealing system for oil/gas pipelines and wellheads. In 2003 he won the Philip Leverhulme Prize for Engineering (Leverhulme Trust), in 2004 the 36th Bruce Preller Prize Lectureship (Royal Society of Edinburgh), and he was a MacRobert Award Finalist (Royal Academy of Engineering) in 2006. Jason Reese is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and of the Institute of Physics.

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