Physics of Complex Fluids Group

The research goal of PCF is to understand and to control liquids and their interfaces from molecular to macroscopic scales. Our research connects fundamental phenomena in static and dynamic wetting, nanofluidics, microfluidic two-phase flow, functional surfaces, drop impact, and drop evaporation to practically relevant applications such as enhanced oil recovery, lab-on-a-chip systems, analytical chemistry (MALDI-MS), optofluidics, and inkjet printing.

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Experimental methods and tools: electrowetting, high resolution Atomic Force Microscopy and spectroscopy, (high speed) video microscopy, contact angle goniometry, particle tracking microrheology, macroscopic rheometry, (imaging) ellipsometry, quartz crystal microbalance, Langmuir trough and Langmuir-Blodgett deposition.

Latest news


A Review on Droplet manipulations in two-phase flow microfluidics

In this review by A.M. Pit et al., we discuss the most recent and promising techniques for manipulating droplets in microchannels. The physical principles are explained, and (potential) advantages and drawbacks of different methods in the sense of versatility, flexibility, tunability and durability are discussed; firstly per technique and also per droplet protocol: generation, transport, sorting, coalescence and splitting. ... read more

Publication in Biomicrofluidics on High-throughput sorting of drops in microfluidic chips

In the recent article by Arjen Pit, we show the sorting of picoliter droplets by use of insulated electrodes below the microchannel. Maximum rates of 1200 droplets per second are reported. In the article we explain the design criterions used for optimizing the sorting speeds, and we also give analytical estimates of the electrostatic and hydrodynamic forces that are exerted on the droplets. ... read more

OSA spotlight article highlights collaborative PCF/OS work

The recent article by Jorick van ‘t Oever on imaging local acoustic pressure fields inside microfluidic channels was highlighted in an OSA spotlight note by Prof. Henrik Bruus and Prof. Thomas Laurell. ... read more


Congratulations Dr. Stelian!

On Tuesday, October 13th, Stelian Pintea successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “Interfacial Structure of Mica in Electrolyte Solutions”. The work studies mica under different aqueous salt solutions using surface X-ray diffraction. The use of area detectors allowed Stelian to measure a huge dataset, which in turn allowed him to model the structure of the solid liquid interface. The defense took place at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, where former and current colleagues attended. We wish Stelian and his family all the best for the future. ... read more