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Dr Lorenzo Botto PhD

Dr Botto
Position: Senior Lecturer (equiv. Associate Professor) in Fluid Mechanics
Deputy Chair (Research) of Divison of Aerospace Engineering & Fluid Mechanics
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 3757
Location: 124, Engineering, Mile End
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Expertise: I am the leader of the Fluids, Particles and Interfaces Group ( I am interested in fluid mechanics and transport phenomena, with particular focus on topics at the interface between classical fluid dynamics and materials science. My group uses simulations and theory, often corroborated by experimental results, to develop fundamental engineering principles that can be applied to practical problems in areas such as materials processing, biengineering, pharmaceuticals and energy engineering. Recurring topics of research in the group are the dynamics of particulate materials (suspensions, emulsions, powders, etc.) and the mechanics of soft interfaces. I lead the "Fluid Mechanics of Nanostructured Materials" Special Interest Group of the EPSRC-funded UK Fluids Network.
Research keywords: Multiphase flows. Soft matter engineering. Surface tension phenomena.
Affiliations: Member of the American Physical Society (APS)
Member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

Brief Biography

Education and experiences:
2009 Ph.D. in Fluid Mechanics, Johns Hopkins University. Advisor: A. Prosperetti
2006 M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
2003 Master in Applied Mathematics, U. of Milan - Bicocca
2002 Laurea in Industrial Engineering, U. of Udine
Research experiences at Imperial College, University of Pennsylvania, University of Twente, and ETH - Zurich.

Lorenzo is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the School of Engineering and Materials Science at QM. He teaches modules/courses related to mathematical modelling of transport phenomena, such as "Computational Fluid Mechanics". He is truly passionate about educating people about fluid mechanics, a beautiful subject which however requires strong mathematical skills. If you want to learn about fluids and how they move, visit where you will find several educational clips produced by the US National Science Foundation; they may be old, but are among the most informative ever filmed.

When he is not doing research, Lorenzo likes to read books, watch cartoons, and explore music avenues in London. He has played the trumpet for several years, and has been part of a Ska/Funk music group during college! He admits that he is kind of a geek.
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