I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at Okinawa Institute of Technology (OIST, Okinawa - Japan), in the Complex Fluids and Flows Unit. My research focuses on the study of multiphase flows, turbulent flows and Non-Newtonian fluids with the goal of characterising their basic phenomena originated by their multi-physics and multi-scale nature. Complex fluids are linked to many industrial applications ranging from pharmaceutical processes to personal care and food industries, including plastics and polymers more in general. The study is tackled via numerical simulations. A new code with novel methods to model such complex physics is written to run on CPU and GPU clusters with modern parallelisation techniques.
I was born and grew up in Genoa, Italy. I graduated in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering and completed my PhD in Fluid Dynamics and Environmental Engineering at the University of Genoa. My background mainly concerns with fluid-structure interactions (FSI) and particle-laden flows. In May, 2020 I joined the Complex Fluids and Flows Unit at OIST as a Postdoctoral Scholar. My current research deals with FSI and complex fluids with a particular focus on turbulent flows, investigating these problems by means of large-scale numerical simulations. Topics include the interaction of flexible fibers with turbulence and energy harvesting from environmental flows, as well as the dynamics of particle suspensions and Non-Newtonian fluids. Beside work, I enjoy hiking, playing football, watching movies and discovering Okinawa and its culture.
I graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Udine in July 2016 and obtained my PhD in Fluid Dynamics in the framework of a joint doctoral program between the University of Udine (Italy) and TU Wien (Austria) in February 2020. My experience with multiphase flows started from particle-laden flows during my master thesis, which I developed in collaboration with Prof. Ugo Piomelli and Prof. Wen Wu at Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada). I then moved to flows laden with large and deformable drops covered with soluble surfactants during my PhD. My current topic of research involves non-Newtonian fluids both in laminar and turbulent regime; numerical simulations are used to investigate these complex flowing systems. When I am not working, I enjoy bouldering, hiking, reading and board game nights.
I am interested in making simulations to investigate multiphase fluid flows. I also like cycling and surfing in Okinawa.
2018-present: PhD student at OIST, Japan
2017-18: Software developer at Photon Design, Oxford, UK
2016: Space weather research intern, British Antarctic survey, UK
2015: Photosynthesis research intern, Kyoto University, Japan
I completed my Master in Mechanical Engineering at Saga University, Japan. My Master thesis focused on thermal management of hydrogen storage in metal hydride beds. I also worked on transition boiling and wetting propagation during jet impingement quenching on hot surfaces. Here in OIST, I am interested in studying interfacial phenomena and fluid flow interactions in microscale for any potential biological application. In CFF unit, I am doing a numerical simulation of droplet deformation in shear flows. Outside of work, I enjoy playing football, watching football games, running, and learning about wildlife.
I majored in mechanical engineering at Akita University and studied the deformation of long flexible structure in the space. My current interest is the interaction of flexible structure with fluid, so working in this unit will give me some points of view for my future PhD thesis. I am also looking forward to snorkeling in Okinawa.
Jean-Paul van Woensel
I was born and raised in Nuenen, the Netherlands. I completed my master's degrees in Applied Physics and Science Communication at the Univeristy of Technology in Eindhoven. For my master thesis, I developed a tracking algorithm which I used to get statistics on the flow of droplets in dense binary emulsions. Besides this, I also did work on the electric response of superfluid helium and its reversibility. I have a broad interest in many physics topics, but I specialized in fluid mechanics in my master. I hope my time at the CFF unit will help me find what research I really want to do the upcoming years at OIST. In my spare time, I enjoy speedrunning video games and hiking.
Research Unit Administrator
My duties are to assist unit members with any non-science problems so that they can excel with their academic work. My favorite part of my job is interacting with people and peeking at unit members while they struggle with overwhelming science!! I am also trying to understand what is "Complex Fluids and Flows" ??!!
Outside of work, I enjoy camping, biking and snorkeling.