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Thomas Sykes

Dr

Thomas Sykes

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Fluid Dynamics

Biography

Dr Sykes is a Royal Society funded postdoctoral research assistant in fluid dynamics, working with Alfonso A. Castrejón-Pita in the Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. Before moving to Oxford, he completed an undergraduate Mathematics degree (BSc, Leeds, 2016), followed by an integrated PhD and MSc at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics at the University of Leeds in 2020. His work has been published as articles in several leading peer-reviewed journals, which have attached the attention of international popular and scientific media outlets (e.g. Popular Mechanics, FY Fluid Dynamics, Bioengineer.org). Please feel free to contact Tom to discuss any aspect of his work.

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Research Interests

Tom's research focuses on various aspects of fluid dynamics, especially multiphase flows with free surfaces, specialising in droplet dynamics (coalescence, splashing, mixing, breakup, collisions, etc.), interfaces and complex fluids (colloids, surfactants). He adopts a highly-interdisciplinary approach to research, utilising a range of techniques including numerical simulations, laboratory (high-speed camera) experiments and mathematical modelling, usually in combination. Specific application areas of interest include microfluidics, inkjet and biomaterial printing, additive manufacture, aerosols (especially generation), infectious disease transmission (airborne and droplet) and environmentally-friendly crop sprays.

Examples of past and current research include:

  • Internal flows in coalescing droplets (PhD thesis);
  • Droplet splashing;
  • Sedimentation of colloidal suspensions (MSc thesis);
  • Binary droplet collisions.

Research Groups

Recent Publications

Inertial stretching separation in binary droplet collisions

Al-Dirawi KH, Al-Ghaithi KHA, Sykes TC, Castrejón-Pita JR & Bayly AE (2021), Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 927

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@article{inertialstretch-2021/9,
  title={Inertial stretching separation in binary droplet collisions},
  author={Al-Dirawi KH, Al-Ghaithi KHA, Sykes TC, Castrejón-Pita JR & Bayly AE},
  journal={Journal of Fluid Mechanics},
  volume={927},
  number={A9},
  publisher={Cambridge University Press (CUP)},
  year = "2021"
}

Substrate Wettability Influences Internal Jet Formation and Mixing during Droplet Coalescence

Sykes TC, Harbottle D, Khatir Z, Thompson HM & Wilson MCT (2020), Langmuir, 36(32), 9596-9607

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@article{substratewettab-2020/8,
  title={Substrate Wettability Influences Internal Jet Formation and Mixing during Droplet Coalescence},
  author={Sykes TC, Harbottle D, Khatir Z, Thompson HM & Wilson MCT},
  journal={Langmuir},
  volume={36},
  pages={9596-9607},
  publisher={American Chemical Society (ACS)},
  year = "2020"
}

Surface jets and internal mixing during the coalescence of impacting and sessile droplets

Sykes TC et al. (2020), Physical Review Fluids, 5

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@article{surfacejetsandi-2020/2,
  title={Surface jets and internal mixing during the coalescence of impacting and sessile droplets},
  author={Sykes TC et al.},
  journal={Physical Review Fluids},
  volume={5},
  number={023602},
  publisher={American Physical Society},
  year = "2020"
}

Numerical and experimental analysis of the sedimentation of spherical colloidal suspensions under centrifugal force

Antonopoulou E et al. (2018), Physics of Fluids, 30(3)

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@article{numericalandexp-2018/2,
  title={Numerical and experimental analysis of the sedimentation of spherical colloidal suspensions under centrifugal force},
  author={Antonopoulou E et al.},
  journal={Physics of Fluids},
  volume={30},
  number={030702},
  publisher={American Institute of Physics},
  year = "2018"
}