Garbin Research Group - Transport Phenomena in Soft and Biological Matter

Research Interests

We are interested in the behaviors of soft materials under flow and deformation, particularly the extreme deformation conditions of cavitation (for biomedical ultrasound and bioprocessing applications) and industrial processing flows (for formulated products and advanced materials). We study microscale transport phenomena in soft and biological matter using high-speed video microscopy, microfluidics, acoustofluidics, small-angle X-ray scattering, optical tweezers, acoustical tweezers — and other fluidic and imaging techniques. Combining precision measurements with discrete particle simulations and analytical models we aim to link the change in microstructure of a soft material to its mascroscopic properties and its performance in applications. Our fundamental research program in transport phenomena aims to help develop innovative solutions for sustainable processes and product, drug delivery, bioprocessing, and advanced materials.


Dr. Valeria Garbin did her MSc in Physics (2003) at the University of Padova and her PhD (2007) at the University of Trieste in Italy. She was a Rubicon fellow in the Physics of Fluids group at the University of Twente (2007-2009), and a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania (2009-2012), before starting her research group at Imperial College London in 2012. She joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at TU Delft in 2019 as an Associate Professor. Valeria has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant, was the 2018 recipient of the McBain medal (RSC/SCI), and the 2020 recipient of the Soft Matter Lectureship (RSC).