Advanced Thermofluids

In Advanced Thermofluids, we study unique physics at the interfaces between engineering, chemistry and biology using miniaturized systems and advanced computational modelling. Applications include drug delivery, medical diagnostics and treatment, renewable energy and biotechnology.

Bio-fluidics

Bio-fluid dynamics: We use computational and experimental methodologies to study haemodynamic effects. In collaboration with clinicians and biomedical engineering colleagues, we investigate arterial stenosis and the transport of drugs from stents, in addition to fluid dynamic problems relating to haemodialysis and arterio-venous fistulae.

Bio-heat transfer: We conduct computational simulation of radiative heat transfer for the bio-heat transport applications. We aim to enhance the heating process of cancer treatment using the plasmonic properties of nanoparticles.
Micro and nano fluidics: We study the motion of micro and nano discrete elements (bubbles, drops and particles) in micro and nano channels for a range of applications such as cancer treatment (nanoparticle delivery of drugs in-vivo, magnetic drug targeting), biomimetic membranes (using diatom nanopores as model membranes) and magnetorheological fluid (self-assembling magnetic micro-sized particles).

Microfluidics and BioMEMS: We explore new physics using advanced micro/nano-engineered platforms for application in cancer management (through detection and analysis of circulating tumour cells (CTCs)), water treatment (using novel isopore membranes), bioprocessing and medical diagnostics.

Advanced Thermofluids Laboratories:

Primary Academics

A/Prof. Tracie Barber

A/Prof. Tracie Barber

  • Bio-fluid Dynamics
  • Aerodynamics
  • Laser Diagnostics
 Dr Susann Beier

Dr Susann Beier

  • Cardiovascular disease bio-fluid dynamics
  • 4D magnetic resonance flow imaging
  • Computational simulation

 

Dr Victoria Timchenko

Dr Victoria Timchenko

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Bio-fluid Dynamics
  • Bio-Heat Transfer

Prof. Guan Heng Yeoh

Prof. Guan Heng Yeoh

  • Computational Multiphase Flow
  • Microfluidics
  • Heat and Mass Transfer

Associated Academics

Dr Rob Taylor

Dr Rob Taylor

  • Solar Thermal
  • Heat Transfer
  • Microfluidics