Levich Institute Seminar Announcement, 05/12/2009
Steinman Hall, Room #312
(Chemical Engineering Conference Room)
Professor Lynn Gladden
University of Cambridge
Department of Chemical Engineering
"The Magnetic Resonance 'Toolkit' for Studying Two-Phase Flows"
[This is a CCNY/Columbia NSF-IGERT Soft Materials seminar]
Magnetic resonance (MR) has traditionally been thought of as a rather costly measurement technique, which offers relatively poor temporal and spatial resolution; applications in hydrodynamics have therefore been somewhat limited. This seminar will outline the principles of MR measurement techniques and how standard imaging techniques can be modified to reduce image acquisition times to ~10 ms. Implementation of these fast techniques means that we can now study dynamic systems directly and this opens up a wealth of interesting and exciting research opportunities. A significant part of our research programme in hydrodynamics is undertaken in collaboration with mathematicians and physicists and this seminar may provide an opportunity to identify systems for us to explore further with you. In studying hydrodynamics the key attributes of MR methods are that there is no need for introduction of tracers. Further, optically opaque and multi-phase systems can be addressed. Examples will be taken from a number of recent and ongoing projects - with the emphasis very much being on demonstrating the range of MR measurements that are possible in these fields of research:
BRIEF ACADEMIC/EMPLOYMENT BACKGROUND:
Currently, major research interests lie in the development and application of magnetic resonance techniques in chemical engineering, with a particular interest in applied catalysis.