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MiR@W day: Microfluidics Modelling

10 March 2014

Organiser: Leonor Garcia Gutierrez

Rooms: MS.03 (morning), B3.02 (afternoon).


Description.

Microfluidics is a field that opens exciting opportunities in biology, medicine and technology. It explains phenomena such as microbial behaviour, cell deformations, microswimmers; and it is the basis for the development of high-impact technologies such as handheld biomedical devices for drug development and delivery, highly efficient micro-desalinators, inkjet printing, and "lab-on-a-chip" devices.

Microfluidics phenomena are often difficult to study experimentally due to the small spatial and temporal scales of interest. Therefore, several mathematical models and computational techniques have been developed to study these systems. This is a challenging task, because fluids on the micro-scale are often complex and multi-phase, exhibit multi-scale behaviour, and are heavily affected by thermal fluctuations and chemical factors.

The aim of this one day workshop is to explore different mathematical approaches to model fluids on the micro-scale, with an emphasis on the computational challenges associated with their simulation.


Programme.

11:00-12:00 - [MS.03] James Sprittles (University of Warwick, Mathematics) - Microflows with Complex Interfacial Dynamics: Modelling & Simulation.

12:00-13:00 - Lunch in the Mathematics common room.

13:00-14:00 - [B3.02] Duncan Lockerby (University of Warwick, Engineering) - Multi-scale modelling of micro/nano flows.

14:00-15:00 - [B3.02] Nikolaos Asproulis (Cranfield University, Engineering Physics) - The boundary condition problem in hybrid continuum-atomistic simulations.

15:00-15:30 - Tea and coffee in the Mathematics common room.

15:30-16:30 - [B3.02] Jens Elgeti (Forschungszentrum Jülich, Institute of Complex Systems) - Simulating Sperm and other Swimmers in Confined Geometries.

16:30-17:30 - [B3.02] Tyler Shendruk (University of Oxford, Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics) - Mesoscopic Modelling of Electro-Hydrodynamics.

17:30-18:30 - [B3.02] Edo Boek (Imperial College London, Chemical Engineering) - Reactive and multi-component flow in model and realistic porous media using combined computer simulation and experiment. Ioannis Zacharoudiou (Imperial College London, Chemical Engineering) - Viscous Fingering & Nematic Liquid Crystals in Confinement.

18:30 - Drinks and snacks in the Mathematics common room.


After the talks, some of the speakers will be heading towards Le Gusta on campus for an informal dinner at 19:15 (price range £9-£14). If you would like to join us, please let the organiser know during the day, or send an email: l dot garcia-gutierrez at warwick dot ac dot uk.