Prof. Stephen Wilson
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow



Professor Stephen Wilson holds the 1984 Chair in Mathematics and is the leader of the Continuum Mechanics and Industrial Mathematics (CMIM) research group at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, United Kingdom, and has research interests in the application of mathematics to a wide range of real-world problems in fluid mechanics, including thin-film flows, rivulets and dry-patches, evaporating droplets, dielectrophoresis, microfluidics, liquid crystals, non-Newtonian fluids (including viscoplastic fluids, thixotropic fluids and nanofluids), anti-surfactants and self-rewetting fluids, fluid- structure interaction problems, biological flows (such as that in the human knee), nucleate boiling, confined bubbles, thermocapillary (Marangoni) and thermoviscosity effects, spin coating, magnetohydrodynamics, and fluid impact problems. In particular, he has a longstanding collaboration with Dr Brian Duffy (also at the University of Strathclyde) and Professor Khellil Sefiane (at the University of Edinburgh) on various aspects of droplets. Joint work with former Ph D students Gavin Dunn (Strathclyde) and Samuel David (Edinburgh) [1] led to the award of the Institute of Physics (IoP) Printing and Graphics Science Group Prize in 2009 for their “fundamental study of droplet evaporation“. Recent work with former Ph D student Jutta Stauber [2]-[4] has focused in the lifetimes of evaporating droplets. Professor Wilson is the Joint Editor-in- Chief (with Professor Omar Matar, Imperial College London, United Kingdom) of the Journal of Engineering Mathematics, is a Fellow (and Council Member) of the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), and has recently completed a highly successful Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (RF-2013- 355).

[1] Dunn, G.J., Wilson, S.K., Duffy, B.R., David, S., Sefiane, K. The strong influence of substrate conductivity on droplet evaporation, J. Fluid Mech. 623 329-351 (2009)

[2] Stauber, J.M., Wilson, S.K., Duffy, B.R., Sefiane, K. On the lifetimes of evaporating droplets, J. Fluid Mech. 744 R2 (2014)

[3] Stauber, J.M., Wilson, S.K., Duffy, B.R., Sefiane, K. Evaporation of droplets on strongly hydrophobic substrates, Langmuir 31 (12) 3653-3660 (2015)

[4] Stauber, J.M., Wilson, S.K., Duffy, B.R., Sefiane, K. On the lifetimes of evaporating droplets with related initial and receding contact angles, Phys. Fluids 27 (12) 122101 (2015)


Twitter: @S_K_Wilson