Introducing the Journal of Engineering Mathematics Webinar Series

The Journal of Engineering Mathematics is proud to announce the first installment of its eponymous webinar series.

Topic: Energy Minimizing Surface Tension Configurations for Microparticles

Speaker: Andrea Bertozzi, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCLA

An important area of microfluidics is the creation and manipulation of small droplets. This is commonly done using microchannels or electrowetting. In the past few years, novel engineering methods have been developed to create templated droplets using amphiphilic microparticles. These particles are observed to hold nearly equal volumes of aqueous liquid when dispersed in an oil-water mixture. I will discuss mathematical theory to rigorously prove that through random interactions, a system of such particles achieves this state. I will also discuss efficient numerical methods for computing low energy states for various microparticle shapes.

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2022, 9:00 AM PDT / 5:00 PM BST