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Fluids Research Group


Queen Mary University of London


We are always in the look for excellent students to join our ranks. Our PhD projects are often devoted to the study of the formation, impact and coalescence of droplets. In addition, we are actively developing a range of bioreactors and fluidic systems for medical applications. These include the 3D printing of cells and bio-gels. 

At the moment, we are looking for an excellent candidate to join our lab. The opportunity is opened to UK and International students.  Please, find all the relevant information here

Please, use the following link to explore CSC opportunities

Please, use the following link to explore CONACyT and CONICYT scholarships. 

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

  1. Liquid Breakup.

  2. Splashing.

  3. Droplet Generation.

  4. Inkjet

  5. 3D printing

  6. Solar Energy 

Our research featured on the news:


Nonu Varghese graduated with a MSc in Physics from MG University, India. During his masters he was involved in the project “Synthesis and characterization of lead succinate crystals”. He later worked as a research fellow in PSGIAS, Coimbatore, and as a Senior Research Fellow at the National Aerospace Laboratory, Bangalore. Nonu has published several research articles in the field of solar cell materials, synthesis, fabrication, and characterizations.  Nonu joined in Queen Mary in January 2021 as a PhD student; his project is centred on the dynamics of impacting  droplets. 

Former Members:

 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”; she was awarded the Imperial College Lonza Prize (2014) for her final year research and design project. Before commencing her PhD she worked in Germany and Shanghai for BASF Coatings as a process engineer. She grew up in Denmark and Belgium.

During her PhD, Clara's project was centred on 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 were studied to create new complex structures.  Clara's PhD work was published in Advance Functional Materials and in 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing.   Clara is now a Project Engineer at Roche Diagnosttics in Munich, Germany.


      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 interests are focused on Fluid Dynamics and Applied Mathematics. His PhD work was centred on the experimental and theoretical modelling of droplet dynamics, breakup of liquid jets, capillary multiphase flows, liquid microjet instability. Francesco's studies were published in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and Scientific Reports.  Francesco is now a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the University of Cambridge. 


 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 a dissertation entitled "Derivations of the  Casimir force for ideal and non ideal materials."

Miguel's PhD work was focused on fluid dynamics and microfluidics, especially on the contact angle hysteresis and spreading of droplets onto solid surfaces. Miguel PhD work was published in Experiments in fluids,  Soft Matter, Scientific Reports and Physical Review Letters.  Miguel is now a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Twente, at the Netherlands. 


XiaoFei Yu is from China and has extensive industrial experience in electronic development. He is currently a  Masters student in Instrumentation and Technology. As part of his research project, he is developing a Parametric Multiphase Flowmeter. He is fluent in electronic circuit design and on embedding product development for real-life engineering applications. In Queen Mary, his project is focused on the development of a 3D printer for bio-compatible materials. 



 AaronBelman Martínez is an associate engineering scholar in our 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 in the Laboratory is focused on the construction of acousitc levitators for the study of droplets. His work has been published in the Review of Scientific Instruments.  Email:


  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.

Former Members:

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 has moved to Imperial College to pursue an Environmental Engineering Masters.   




Beatriz Muñoz-Sánchez is now a PhD student at the University of Seville, Spain. Beatriz career is diverse; she was a visiting scholar in the University of Cambridge in 2014 and an Inkjet Performance Engineer for Xaar plc. She obtained her BEng and MEng degrees in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Extremadura in Spain and 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.