Dr Valeria Garbin
Chemical Engineering
Imperial College London
London SW7 2AZ
+44 20 759 42878
v.garbin at

PhD project in Experimental Soft Matter 

A PhD project is available from 01 October 2016 on "Extreme deformation of complex fluids and interfaces" (ExtreFlow). Apply here by 15 May 2016

PhD Scholarships in the Department of Chemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering is selecting PhD applicants for fully-funded scholarships to start in October 2016. Apply here by 15 May 2016. We will be offering to successful applicants a project on flow-induced algal cell deformation and rupture for bioproduct recovery. 




COST Action 'Flowing Matter'

The Department of Chemical Engineering is a member of


Welcome to the Garbin Group in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. Our research interests are in flow and dynamics of soft matter, with a focus on biological flows, processing flows, self-assembly and soft materials. Our mission is to elucidate the microscale transport phenomena underpinning emerging applications in biomedical imaging and drug delivery, manufacturing of responsive materials, and sustainable processing flows. We use a combination of microscopy, microfluidics, and acoustofluidics, to provide precision dynamic measurements on the micro- and nanoscale. We are currently studying stimuli-responsive capsules for formulated products, and flow-induced cell breakup for bioprocessing.

From left to right: Marco De Corato, Christiana Udoh, Axel Huerre, Anja Rajaonah, Akaki Jamburidze, Toshihiko Tsuneyoshi, Vincent Poulichet, Valeria Garbin (April 2016)


Marc's paper Surface waves on a soft viscoelastic layer produced by an oscillating microbubble has been published in Soft Matter [13/04/2016]

Our presentations at the IOP Physics of Soft and Biological Matter meeting (6-8 April 2016, Cambridge): Valeria on Permeabilisation of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii cell wall by flow-induced viscous stresses; Axel on his PhD work, Micro-confined droplets: study of the lubrication film [22/02/2016]

Valeria will give keynote presentations at the first International Conference on Multiscale Applications of Surface Tension (5-8 September 2016, Brussels) and the 4th Cavitation Workshop (31 May 2016, Crete) [22/02/2016]

Valeria will be one of the speakers at the International Workshop on Physics of Fluids at Peking University on 20 April [10/02/2016]