The conference will commence with the Welcome Reception at 6.00pm on Sunday 15th September in the Oriental Museum. The academic program will run from the morning of Monday 16 September to 3pm on Wednesday 18 September. The program will consist of Plenary talks (at the start each day and to conclude the conference), three parallel sessions with invited Keynote and contributed talks, and two poster sessions.
- Impact — Pr Alfonso Castrejon-Pita and Dr Rafa Castrejon-PitaThe impact of liquid drops onto solid, granular, or liquid surfaces is a common and widespread phenomenon. From raindrops to dripping taps (faucets), most liquid droplets eventually strike a surface. This session will cover a variety of drop impact problems studied theoretically, numerically and experimentally.
- Wetting — Pr Victor Starov, Pr Joël De Coninck and Dr James SprittlesTheory, simulations or experiments on wetting dynamics and thermodynamics from the nano to macroscale. This theme includes topics such as slip, hysteresis, (de)pinning, additional physical effects (electrical, thermal, surfactants, …), complex solids (fibres, pores, rough and superhydrophobic substrates, …) and wetting by complex fluids. Applied papers, including biological and medical applications, are welcome. There will be a special session to mark the 50th anniversary of the Molecular Kinetic Theory of Blake and Haynes.
- Coalescence and break-up — Pr Colin Bain and Dr Stefan KarpitschkaTheoretical or experimental advances on the coalescence (or its suppression) of droplets in flight, on surfaces or in emulsions. Break-up of jets into droplets or of droplets under flow. Papers focussing on coalescence and break-up in microfluidics, and on interactions between droplets at a distance are also welcomed.
- Aerosols — Pr Jonathan Reid and Dr Toni CarruthersPhysical science that underpins airborne droplets and the formation of particles, including their measurement, properties and dynamics. Contributions spanning aerosols in the environment, drug delivery to the lungs, formulation science, material synthesis, combustion science and disease transmission are welcome.
This session is sponsored by the Aerosol Society
- Liquid crystals and complex fluids — Pr Helen Gleeson and Dr Oliver HarlenDroplets formed from liquid crystals and other complex fluids can have extraordinary properties. This session covers their production and manipulation through experimental investigation, theoretical and numerical modelling and applications. This includes the effects of bulk and surface rheology on droplet formation, impact and spreading and internal dynamics, and also the formation of shells.
- Modelling across time and length scales — Pr Duncan Lockerby and Dr James SprittlesTheoretical and computational research in modelling physicochemical effects from the nanoscale, across the mesoscale, to the macroscale; applications include droplet wetting and evaporation, interfacial flows, and other nano, micro and multiscale fluid dynamics.
- Emulsions/Multiphase flow — Pr Prashant Valluri and Dr Chris McMinn Recent advances in our understanding of multiphase flows and the transport phenomena underpinning their myriad behaviour. Modelling (theoretical, asymptotic, analytical), simulations and experiments at all scales. Applications include droplet emulsions, mists, mixing etc and those coupled to complexities such as phase-change, reactions, heat/mass transfer or chaotic advection.
- Microfluidics and Acoustofluidics — Pr Richard (Yong Qing) Fu, Pr Jon Cooper and Dr Julien ReboudPhenomena, physics and applications of digital microfluidics and interactions between mechanical vibrations such as acoustic waves and liquid droplets (either sessile droplet or droplet in microchannel). Topics include microfluidics or droplet behaviour induced by electrical and dielectric fields, ultrasonic, surface acoustic waves, bulk acoustic waves and flexural waves, and uses of these for bio-sampling, microanalysis, and microfluidic diagnosis, materials and nanocrystal synthesis.
- Evaporation — Pr Fouzia Oualia and Dr David FairhurstWe seek contributions of recent experimental, theoretical and numerical studies of evaporating single and multiple component droplets. These include evaporation dynamics, fluid flow mechanisms and visualisation, dried deposits, the vapour layer, interacting droplets, levitated droplets, heat transfer and industrial applications.
- Textured, patterned, smart surfaces — Dr Halim Kusumaatmaja and Dr Ben XuThe interaction of liquids with bio‐inspired fluid boundaries involving texture (e.g. ribbed, super-hydrophobic, liquid-impregnated), including both droplets moving across surfaces and flow adjacent to surfaces at different length scales and Reynolds numbers.
- Inkjet printing — Inca Digital: Andy McKeague, Nick Campbell, & Will EveExperimental, modelling or theoretical papers related to the practical application of digital droplet printing in both current and future technologies, including additive manufacturing. Papers from both industrial and academic groups are welcomed.