About Interfacial Phenomena

Many natural and technological processes involve phenomena dominated by interfacial mechanics, that is, occurring within the regions of intersection between several fluid and/or solid phases. Applications range from coatings and films to foams. In particular, coatings, manufactured by the deposition of a liquid film on a solid substrate, are of significant industrial importance, and they are used in a large number of products.

In addition to capillary and gravitational effects, interfacial phenomena typically involve the interplay of complex processes such as dynamic contact lines, surface active materials, adhesion, temperature and/or compositional gradients, evaporation, etc. The exact mechanics governing such processes, such as the hydrodynamics controlling wetting, or the macroscopic action of surfactants in the evolution of films or coatings, is still not fully understood.

Our research brings together the fields of fluid mechanics, capillary mechanics, colloid and interface science, rheology, as well as transport theory. Our goal is to improve the understanding of the fundamentals of interfacial phenomena by using a combination of mathematical modeling, continuum theories and advanced computational techniques. Elucidating the physical mechanisms underlying complex interfacial phenomena will translate into improved, optimized and controlled interfacial processing technologies.



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