Julien Landel


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I am a Senior Lecturer (tenured Associate Professor) in Applied Mathematics, specialising in Fluid Mechanics, at the Department of Mathematics, and a member of the Manchester Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics, University of Manchester.

My research interests are in the mathematical modelling of complex flow phenomena with applications in industrial and environmental fluid mechanics. In my research, I also seek inspiration and supporting evidence in the experimental observations of these physical phenomena.


Post-Doc Opportunities

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PhD Opportunities

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I am always looking for enthusiastic students to do research projects at PhD level in Fluid Mechanics. Have a look at My Website for available PhD projects and feel free to contact me directly at julien.landel@manchester.ac.uk.

Industrial Opportunities

I have worked with companies such as BP and Dstl on various projects where my expertise in fluid mechanics and mathematical modelling made a real impact. Get in touch (julien.landel@manchester.ac.uk), I am always keen to work on challenges motivated by industrial applications!



  • 2020 -          :   Senior Lecturer (tenured Associate Professor), Department of Mathematics, University of Manchester
  • 2016 - 2020:     Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Department of Mathematics, University of Manchester
  • 2013 - 2016:     Nevile Research Fellow, Magdalene College, Cambridge
  • 2012 - 2016:     Post-Doctoral Research Associate, DAMTP, University of Cambridge

I started my Lectureship in the Applied Mathematics Group of the Department of Mathematics, University of Manchester, in September 2016. Before, I worked at the University of Cambridge as a post-doc with Prof. Stuart Dalziel in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), and Nevile Research Fellow in Applied Mathematics at Magdalene College, Cambridge. In 2012, I graduated for my PhD in Applied Mathematics at Churchill College, University of Cambridge. My PhD thesis was on the fluid mechanics of confined turbulent jets, supervised by Profs Colm Caulfield and Andy Woods. I also obtained a BSc and an MSc from the École polytechnique, Paris, and an MEng from the National University of Singapore.

Research interests

    In my research, I use a combination of mathematical modelling and laboratory experiments to understand the fundamental physics underpinning a broad range of flow phenomena in industrial and environmental fluid mechanics. I use analytical or numerical methods to progress in the mathematical modelling. Experiments are conducted in the well-equiped laboratory of the Manchester Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics at the University of Manchester.

    One of my current research interest is on modelling the complex physical and chemical processes involved in the cleaning and decontamination of surfaces. With very practical applications, such as dishwashers or the decontamination of toxic chemicals, this research also uncovers profound questions at the boundary between fluid mechanics, physics and chemistry.

    Recently, I have also been fascinated by the impact of surfactant on the performance of superhydrophobic surfaces for drag reduction purposes. This research has important engineering applications with the aim of reducing the energy used to pump oil in pipelines or moving ships and submarines.

    In another topic, I am interested in the dispersion and mixing of turbulent flows such as jets, plumes and fountains. Applications range from large geophysical flows such as volcanic eruptions to industrial processes in chemical reactors, or even oil spills in the ocean.

    If you want to find out more about my research, have a look at My Website!

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

Jan 2009Jun 2012

Award Date: 27 Apr 2013

Master of Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS)

Aug 2007Dec 2008

Award Date: 31 Jul 2009

Master of Science, École polytechnique

Sept 2006Jul 2007

Award Date: 19 Mar 2009

Bachelor of Science, École polytechnique

Aug 2004Jul 2006

Award Date: 28 Sept 2006

Areas of expertise

  • Q Science (General)
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Applied Mathematics


  • fluid mechanics
  • modelling
  • experiments
  • convective mass transfer
  • cleaning and decontamination
  • film flow
  • advection-diffusion equation
  • superhydrophobic surfaces
  • drag reduction
  • surfactant
  • turbulent flows
  • jet, plume and fountain
  • dispersion and mixing


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