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Anand Pallipurath Radhakrishnan

Research Associate

Research

Research Project

Fluid Processes in Smart Microengineered Devices: Hydrodynamics and Thermodynamics in Microspace

The research being carried out aims to address the complexities (like free-boundaries/interfaces, whose location is not known a priori) brought about by microengineered devices (MED) with intricate microstructures. These complexities thereby, make the corresponding fluid dynamics inherently nonlinear and hence difficult to analyse and understand. Gas-liquid systems will be studied via a synergistic approach at the crossroads between applied mathematics, fluid dynamics, microengineering, molecular modeling and theoretical physics, never attempted before in the field. It will involve a balanced combination of sophisticated analytical, computational and experimental techniques, carried out in collaboration with Imperial College London. Overall, the project aims to build upon on accurate state-of-the-art hydrodynamic and molecular modelling, theoretical analysis, and microfluidics. With a multitude of potential applications found in the areas of microdiagnosis, drug delivery, mixed-gas components capture, and self-cleaning or ice-free surfaces, to name but a few, the study of the effects of microstructures in MED, at both molecular and hydrodynamic level, is a crucial step towards the understanding of complex flow processes in such devices with ultimate goal their optimal design leading to more efficient, safer and lower cost performance.

Supervisor:

Professor Asterios Gavriilidis

Education

PhD in Biochemical Engineering, Department of Biochemical Engineering, UCL, London, UK - 2016
B.Tech in Biotechnology, St. Joseph's College of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai, India - 2011