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Serafim Kallidasis

Serafim Kallidasis '94

Advisor: Chia Chang
Thesis Title: Self-similar interfacial and wetting dynamics
PostDoc: 1994-1995, School of Mathematics, University of Bristol, UK

Current Position

Professor in fluid mechanics, Dept of Chem Engineering, Imperial College London UK. Research interests: interfacial fluid mechanics, pattern formation driven by coupled hydrodynamic and reaction-diffusion instabilities, mathematical biology.


Despite a number of PhD offers from other US institutions including Urbana, Carnegie Mellon and Purdue I decided to pursue my PhD with ND. And there are several reasons for that. At the time I was primarily interested in nonlinear dynamics and dynamical systems applicable to chemical engineering problems especially fluid dynamics. Very few graduate engineering schools in the US covered this subject. In fact, after moving from Greece to the US I quickly realized that despite its relatively small size, the ChemE dept at ND covered a wide variety of subjects in chemical engineering science and its associated fields. This trend has continued since then. The ND faculty has some of the leading figures in their respective fields working at the forefront of problems that cross the boundaries of many disciplines. The high level of complementarities within the faculty along with the large number of powerful tools covering theoretical methods, computational/numerical techniques and experimental instrumentation as well as the broad spectrum of extertise available is necessary to address the challenging scientific issues facing modern chemical engineering. Further, this expertise combined with the friendly research atmosphere at ND together with its exciting and multidisciplinary enviroment, encourages new PhD students to perform at their best.

Within Chia Chang's group in particular I found myself interacting with a good number of very able young researchers from all the over the world each with their own particular mix of skills and research ambitions. We worked both as individuals and as a group. And this was a special group dynamics: through extensive discussions that would some times last for hours on end and continuous interaction we were fully aware of the nature of research problems of the other group members and we would try to benefit from each other's knowledge/expertise and input. As a consequence our work was at the forefront of its field. That was a unique research environment which I will always miss.

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