Fluids Lab

Learning from Nature,
Engineering solutions to control flow and transport

Welcome to the Bio-inspired fluid flow lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Our research aims at developing bio-inspired solutions to control and sense fluid flows at small scales. Organisms living in moving fluids have evolved a variety of strategies to repel water, swim, filter and sense their environment. Understanding the physical principles of why a biological system has selected a given approach to interact with the surrounding fluid provides a new paradigm to design surfaces and engineer processes that can control and sense the flow of complex fluids. 

We rely on advanced experimental techniques to probe biological and biomimetic systems. We perform numerical simulations and develop theoretical models to rationalize and generalize the experimental results. Based on this understanding, we create new surfaces, devices, and processes to meet emerging challenges.

We currently focus on three topics: (1) fluid-microstructure interaction, (2) clogging of microchannels, and (3) dispersion of particles. To learn more about our activities, please contact us or, better yet, visit! 


Emilie Dressaire was elected member-at-large of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD) executive committee and she is a member of the APS DFD Educational & Career Outreach Committee. 

Our recent work on the "Growth of clogs in parallel microchannels" was published in Physical Review Fluids. In this paper, we study the clogging dynamics of an array of microchannels, focusing on the evolution of the flow rate in the system.

Our research lab is up and running in the Engineering Science Building on the UCSB campus. Come learn about our work!