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Dr Martin Brinkmann is a Vice Chancellor’s senior fellow in MPEE, having joined in September 2019. Prior his position at Northumbria University, he worked as a research fellow and lecturer in physics at Saarland University from 2011-2018. He graduated with a diploma in Physics from the Free University in Berlin in 1998 under the supervision of Prof. Wolfgang Helfrich. Working at the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces in the group of Prof Reinhard Lipowsky, he received his PhD from the University of Potsdam in Germany with a thesis on modeling of wetting processes on micro-structured surfaces. After a postdoc at the Interdisciplinary Research Institute in Lille, he continued his research on wetting, microfluidics and the mechanics of particulate materials at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen from 2005-2010. 

Research interests

My main research interests are modelling and simulation of liquid interfaces in contact to solids or in confinement, and  understanding their equilibria and dynamcis in the frameworks of continuum mechanics and statistical physics. This field of research comprises interfacial morphologies and transport of partially wetting fluids in contact to chemically or topographically patterned solid surfaces, structure formation during liquid condensation on elastic surfaces, the rheology of wet granular media and emulsions, droplet based microfluidics, and multi-phase flow in porous media.

Education/Academic qualification

Physics, PhD

30 Apr 200331 Dec 2099

Award Date: 30 Apr 2003


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