Mechanical Engineering

Dr Jose Castrejon Pita

Dr Jose Castrejon Pita

Lecturer/Associate Professor in Manufacturing Innovation & Enterprise

Dept of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
15th Aug 2022

Research summary

Rafa’s research activities are focused on the science of droplets & additive manufacturing; his works have confirmed whether, according to its fluid properties, a liquid can or not break up into droplets. He has also studied the impact of droplets on steady and moving liquids, and on soft and hard solids, these being important processes in printing and additive manufacturing. His most recent studies include methods to print complex cell structures within biogels, and the printing of latex structures. Moreover, Rafael’s research is often covered by the wider international media such as the New Scientist, Scientific American, Popular Mechanics, Physics Focus, Physics World, Wired, and The Engineer.


J. Rafael Castrejón-Pita is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Rafa received his PhD from Imperial College and his career includes 9 years in the University of Cambridge. Rafael currently leads two Knowledge Transfer Partnerships in collaboration with Xaar plc and Archipelago Technology. He co-leads the EPSRC Special Interest Group in Droplet dynamics and is the programme director of the MSc in Manufacturing with Innovation and Enterprise.  

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