On the 15th of July 2022, Arvind Arun Dev (ESR 11) defended his thesis "Flow mechanics in magnetically confined liquid tubes" prepared under joint supervision of prof. Bernard Doudin (CNRS-IPCMS) and prof. Thomas Hermans (UNISTRA). The defence was done in hybrid on-line and in person format. The members of jury were: Nora Dempsey ( Director of Research, CNRS, Institut Néel), Jaap Den Toonder (Professor, , Eindhoven University of Technology) and Wiebke Drenckhan (Director of Research, CNRS, Institut Charles Sadron). Arvind will join Cornell University as a postdoc from November 2022. We wish him all the best!
Congratulations to Vahid Nasirimarekani for having his work featured on a cover of Advanced Functional Materials.The paper entitled: Tunable Superparamagnetic Ring (tSPRing) for Droplet Manipulation by Vahid Nasirimarekani, Fernando Benito-Lopez and Lourdes Basabe-Desmonts presents and characterizes experimentally the formation and properties of a tunable superparamagnetic ring (tSPRing), which precisely adjusts itself around a water droplet, due to liquid-liquid interaction, and enables the physical manipulation of droplets. The ring is made of an oil-based ferrofluid, a stable suspension of ferromagnetic particles in an oily phase. It appears spontaneously due to the oil-water interfacial interaction under the influence of a magnetic field. The ferrofluid-water interaction resembles a cupcake assembly, with the surrounding ring only at the base of the droplet. The ring is analogous to a soft matter ring magnet, showing dipole…
Congratulations to UPV/EHU team for having their work featured on the cover of Langmuir!
Congratulations to ESR 1 Udara Bimendra Gunatilake for the publication of an article, that obtained the Back Cover published in Journal of Materials Chemistry A showcasing research from the Microfluidics Cluster UPV/EHU, a group led by Profs. Fernando Benito-Lopez and Lourdes Basabe-Desmonts, University of the Basque Country, Spain.
Thanks to ESR 6 (Aigars Langins) interest in the mathematics of pandemic dynamics, including differential equations, and a mutual interest with an epidemiologist Ņikita Trojanskis, a recent graduate of the University of Cambridge, a data driven prediction of pandemic dynamics in Latvia was introduced, mostly developed by Ņikita and Aigars, and used by the Ministry of Health to argue on political decisions to be taken by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia. This included a political decision of announcing a statewide lockdown of 3 weeks in Autumn 2021, which broke the Covid-19 Delta variant transmission and decreased the number of casualties and hospital overload. About this several media reports are given, including articles in Journal IR (https://ir.lv/2021/10/13/cik-laut-nomirt/ , https://ir.lv/2021/12/23/nikita-trojanskis-ir-divaina-krizes-komunikacija-no-valsts-puses/), an online meeting with the President of Latvia,…
Raheel Ahmad from MPI Gottingen has successfully defended the thesis "Integration of a Light-switchable ATP Regeneration System with Motility" on May 23, 2022 and received the degree of Doctor of Engineering (Dr.-Ing.) on June 9, 2022. The defense went well and was done in the hybrid version. Committee members: 1) Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Dieter Schinzer (Chair) - Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg 2) Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Kai Sundmacher (Reviewer) - Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg 3) Prof. Dr. Seraphine V. Wegner (Reviewer) - University of Münster 4) Prof. Dr. Ghulam Destgeer (Reviewer) - Technical University of Munich
Exploring liquid properties in confined geometry It is a pleasure to announce within the next general conferences of the Division of Condensed Matter of the European Physical Society, CMD29, to be held in Manchester from August 21 to 26, 2022, the minicolloquium "Exploring liquid properties in confined geometries": Confinement or vicinity to a surface can profoundly alter the properties of the liquid which can become completely different from those measured in the bulk. Modern techniques and new theoretical concepts give us today the opportunity to probe and understand non-trivial physical properties identified from the surface interaction to the sub-millimeter scale. The mini-colloquium aims to bring together researchers from various expertise in fluidics, wetting, rheophysics, microfluidics, confinement effects in liquids, interfacial and scaling effects including invited talks, oral and poster contributions. We…
Vahid defended with great success his PhD thesis, entitled: Open Surface Active and passive Magnetic Digital Microfluidics, co-directed by Prof. Lourdes Basabe-Desmonts and Assoc. Prof. Fernando Benito-Lopez on the 3rd of December. Congratulations Dr.Nasirimarekani!
The Supplementary Cover Art for the paper: "Identification of Thermal Response of Mesoscopic Liquids" published by LBB team (Prof. Laurence Noirez and ESR 5 Eni Kume) has been published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry B.
MaMi On Cover Page Of ACS Synthetic Biology An image from the paper "Light-Powered Reactivation of Flagella and Contraction of Microtubule Networks: Toward Building an Artificial Cell" published by the team from Max Plank Göttingen together with ESR 13 from UPV/EHU has been selected for a cover page of ACS Synthetic Biology. Congratulations to the team!