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                                                                                                                         Queen Mary, University of London


The Laboratory of Applied Science is lead by J.R. Castrejon-Pita and investigates topics in Fluid Mechanics, Optics, and Instrumentation.  Examples of our studies are listed below: 

  1. Liquid Breakup.
  2. Splashing.
  3. Droplet Generation.
  4. Inkjet
  5. 3D printing
  6. Solar Energy 


 Clara L. Hedegaard graduated with a MEng in Chemical Engineering, First Class Honours, from Imperial College London in 2014. Her masters research project was “Modelling growth factors in a hollow fibre bioreactor for red blood cell production”. Before commencing her PhD she worked in Germany and Shanghai for BASF Coatings as a process engineer. She grew up in Denmark and Belgium.

Her research interests include the design of peptide amphiphile based bioinks for 3D bioprinting. Combined with droplet-on-demand based printing, the effects of fluid mechanics and molecular self-assembly of the bioink can be studied, to create new complex structures. She was awarded the Imperial College Lonza Prize (2014) for her final year research and design project. Clara's work has been published in Advance Functional Materials and in 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing


      Francesco P. Contò graduated with both a Bachelor and a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Bari (Italy). He also obtained a Master of Research in “Fluid Mechanics: aerodynamics and aeroacoustics” from the Arts et Métiers ParisTech (Paris, France). His master’s thesis, entitled “Mathematical modelling of a Flush Air Data Sensing (FADS) System”, deals with the application of Response Surface Methods on Aerodynamics.  This research project was in partnership with ParisTech and the European company MBDA Missile System.

His academic background is focused on Fluid Dynamics and Applied Mathematics. His current research interests include experimental and theoretical modelling of droplet dynamics, breakup of liquid jets, capillary multiphase flows, liquid microjet instability. Francesco's studies have been published in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics


Miguel A. Quetzeri Santiago obtained his Bachelor's degree in  Physics from the National University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México,UNAM). During this period he did a summer internship sponsored by the Academia Mexicana de Ciencias in the Instituto de Energías Renovables - UNAM. As part of this project, he studied the Kinematic Reversibility in Low Reynolds Flow driven by a Lorentz Force under the supervision of Prof. Sergio Cuevas.  He also did a summer internship at the University of Waterloo sponsored by Mitacs Globalink where he studied the fundamental plane of elliptical galaxies. This project was supervised by Prof. Michael Hudson. He graduated from UNAM with the dissertation thesis: "Derivations of the  Casimir force for ideal and non ideal materials."

His current research interests are on fluid dynamics and microfluidics, especially on the contact angle hysteresis and spreading of droplets onto solid surfaces. Miguel has published his work in Soft Matter and Physical Review Letters


  Oliver P. Sztyber graduated with a Bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering (BEng) and is currently undergoing his Masters in Sustainable Energy Systems (MSc) at Queen Mary University of London. His masters project involves the development of a heat storage system coupled with absorption chiller technology to improve its COP and thus viability for industrial use. This research project is being conducted alongside two existing InnovateUK projects, with Larkfleet Ltd. as the lead industrial partner.

Oliver’s research interests focus mainly on cooling technologies, particularly for industrial applications, the application of Fresnel Lenses in solar technologies, and structural analysis through computational modelling.


Maya Zatar is a final year Sustainable Energy Engineering student on a BEng with Industrial Experience. After a year spent in the railway industry where she developed her technical skills and learnt from inspiring leaders and colleagues, she came back to QMUL in 2018 to complete her degree. She dedicated her third year project to investigating the potential of a sorption thermal energy storage system for industry.

After graduating, Maya is moving to Imperial College to pursue an Environmental Engineering Masters.   


 Aaron Belman Martínez is an associate engineering scholar at the Laboratory and an undergraduate student at the Renewable Energies Institute of the National University of Mexico. In Mexico, Aaron is reading a renewable energies engineering program. In 2017, he participated in the Citibanamex’s award for enterprise, obtaining the fourth place with a project on micro-hydraulic modular turbines. He has been part of multiple scientific activities in which two stand out: a  workshop organised by the University of Colima and the Center for Mathematics Research (Mexico), and a workshop at the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education (CICESE). 

His work at the Laboratory is focused in the construction of acousitc levitators for the study of droplets.



Former Members:

Beatriz Muñoz-Sánchez is now a PhD student at the University of Seville, Spain. Beatriz was a Visiting Scholar in the University of Cambridge in 2014 under the supervision of J.R. Castrejon-Pita. Beatriz also has experience in industrial R&D as she worked as an Inkjet Performance Engineer for Xaar plc in Cambridge, United Kingdom. She obtained her BEng and MEng degrees in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Extremadura in Spain. She is a member of the Student European Low Gravity Research Association since 2016. Beatriz visited the Laboratory in 2016 and was part of the Drop My Thesis team of Queen Mary.  Our work with Bea was published in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics.

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