Prof. Alfonso A. Castrejon-Pita BSc, MSc, MA (Oxf) DPhil (Oxf)

Group Leader, Royal Society University Research Fellow

Fellow, Wadham College.

Prof. A. A. Castrejon-Pita obtained his D.Phil. in Physics at the University of Oxford, funded by a prestigious Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate award. His research was centred on experimental and theoretical studies of synchronization phenomena in fluid dynamics in the context of geophysical flows. This was followed by a postdoctoral position in the same laboratory funded by NERC (Natural Environment Research Council, UK) on the experimental demonstration of chaos synchronization in mutually coupled fluid flows, with greater implications to atmospheric dynamics such as weather forecast. From April 2011 to September 2013 he was a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, and a Researcher at St. John’s College, where he redirected his research towards a better understanding of the dynamics of small-scale free surface flows. Prof. Castrejon-Pita was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in October 2013 which he holds at the University of Oxford, where is also a Fellow of Wadham College. In Oxford, he established the Fluid Dynamics Laboratory for the study of drops and liquid jets. He also supervises the research of MEng, MSc(R) and DPhil students in the the Department and in College.

Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford
Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PJ, UK
Tel: (Office) +44 (0)1865 273019
Tel: (Laboratory) +44 (0)1865 283396
Wadham College,
Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PN, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1865 277921


JuanDr. Juan Arcenegui-TroyaJuan is a PDRA in the group currently working on the controlled breakup of liquid jets with applications to particle encapsulation. He obtained a PhD in Physics from the University of Seville working on electrical manipulation of metallic microparticles and nanoparticles.

EllisEllis Parry (DPhil, St. John’s College). Ellis’ work is focussed around the development of bespoke droplet generators and the inkjet printing of complex fluids. He works in tandem with Prof. Stephen Morris (Soft Matter Photonics group) to develop novel liquid crystal, inkjet printed, photonic devices and is a MERCK CASE scholarship student. When he is not printing you can often find Ellis up a mountain or in the pub.

CristianCristian Soitu (DPhil. Harris Manchester College, Oxford). Cristian received his MEng in Mechanical Engineering from University of Aberdeen in 2016 with a research focus on stochastic methods for fluid flow simulation. His current research is trying to exploit the dominance of interfacial forces at the microscale to develop a microfluidic platform that accommodates cell- and organism-based assays in biology. He is co-supervised by Prof. E. Walsh.

JackJack McCarthy (DPhil. St. Cross College, Oxford) For his Bachelor’s degree, Jack studied Mathematical Sciences at the University of Limerick. It was under the guidance of Prof. Stephen O’Brien that he first encountered capillary phenomena. From Limerick he came to Oxford where he completed an MSc in Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing.  He is interested in the broad areas of fluid mechanics and soft matter physics. More specifically, he is primarily interested in mechanical phenomena that occur on everyday length scales. For his DPhil he is working on droplet motion driven by energy minimisation on complex surfaces theoretically and experimentally. In his spare time, he enjoys playing badminton and chess and often goes to orchestral music concerts around Oxford. . He also enjoys keeping up to date with politics and current events. He is co-supervised by Prof. D. Vella from the Mathematical Institute.

GrahamGraham Benham (DPhil. Mathematical Institute) Graham completed a first class MSci (Undergraduate/Masters) degree in Mathematics at UCL, where his Masters project was on vortex dynamics in geophysical flows. He then commenced my DPhil in the Industrially Focused Mathematical Modelling (InFoMM) CDT at Oxford, where the focus is using applied mathematics to tackle real world problems motivated by our industrial partner companies. His research project is in collaboration with VerdErg Renewable Energy, a British start-up company specialising in low-head hydropower. The efficiency of the hydropower generation depends upon the mixing of the fast and slow flows in a closed channel. In particular, the shape of the channel has an effect on how the flows mix and therefore the resulting amount of power generated. The aim of his DPhil project is to model and optimise the mixing of the turbulent flows, with a view to improve efficiency. His research combines a variety of analytical (mathematical modelling, asymptotic analysis), numerical (computational fluid dynamics, optimisation), and experimental (particle image velocimetry of turbulence) techniques.

BenBenjamin Fudge (MEng, Wadham College, Oxford). Ben Fudge is from Bristol England and is currently working towards an MEng in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford investigating Mixing of Turbulent Shear Layers with PIV analysis. Ben was also previously an EPSRC funded vacation Research Intern in the Fluid Dynamics Lab investigating Droplet Generation by Direct Surface Perturbation and on the Development of a Novel Matlab Routine to Measure Dynamic Contact Angles.

William Dick-Cleland (MEng, Lady Margaret Hall College, Oxford). Will is working on a system to study the interaction between pair of high-speed droplets. 



Summer 2015

 Fluids Lab, Summer 2015. From left to right - F J Gomez, A Said, Prof. E Ramos, Prof. A A Castrejon-Pita, Prof. H Gonzalez, and C. Howland.

Academic Visitors:

Prof. Francisco Javier Garcia-Garcia (University of Seville) From July 2018.

Prof. Mathieu Sellier (University Canterbury, NZ) From October 2018.

Mr. Jorge Chavarrias (UNAM, Mexico) From June 2018.

Former members

Will Wheeler (MEng, Christ Church College, 2016/2017).

Emilie Benedicte Monique Raguin (ENS TA ParisTech) Summer 2016

Dr. Emilio J. Vega R. (University of Extremadura) Summer 2016. Academic Visitor

Benjamin Fudge (Wadham, Oxford) Summer 2016. EPSRC Vacation Bursary Student. Now 4YP MEng.

Christopher Howland (MMath, Trinity College ) Summer 2015. Now a PhD student at DAMTP.

John Hendrick (MEng, St Catherine College, 2015/2016).Now at Glaxos Smith Kline

Dongjin Kim (MEng. Jesus College, 2015/2016). 

Daniel Zajarias-Fainsod (MSc. (Res), Wadham College) 2014-2016, Rambam Health Care Campus, Israel Institute of Technology

Prof. Heliodoro Gonzalez (University of Seville, Spain) Summer 2015

Prof. Eduardo Ramos (IER-UNAM, Mexico) RAEng Newton Fund Partnership Summer 2015. Back in Mexico!

Francisco Jose Gomez (PhD, University of Seville Seville) Summer 2015

Ahmed Said (PhD, University of Seville Seville) Summer 2015. Now Postdoc at Queen Mary University of London

Cindy Chen (MEng, Lady Margaret Hall) 2014-2015

Nicholas Jones (MEng, Jesus College) 2014-2015. Now at EDF Energy