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Research Interests

Mónica is interested in fluid flows and transport phenomena. Currently, a major part of her research focus on rheology and flow of complex fluids in microscale devices, taking advantage of the unique conditions provided by these small-scale platforms. She has been focusing on the fundamental flow physics of complex fluids in both rheometric and microfluidic devices, but also exploring the distinctive characteristics of complex fluid flows at the micro-scale to design new microfluidic components for extensional rheometry, to develop synthetic biofluid analogues, and to enhance and control microscale mixing.

Keywords: Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluid dynamics, Rheology, Viscoelasticity, Elastic Instabilities, Experimental characterisation of complex fluid flows, CFD, Biofluid analogues, Red blood cell deformation, Aneurysm flows, Microfluidics, Microdevice optimisation.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Complex Fluid Flows
  • Microfluidics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Rheology (shear and extension)
  • Microdevice design/optimisation

Personal Statement

Mónica Oliveira is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. She has a PhD in Chemical & Process Engineering from Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, UK), and a first degree in Chemical Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (Portugal). She held a postdoc position in the Non-Newtonian Fluid Dynamics Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge MA, USA), after which she returned to the University of Porto to join CEFT (Transport Phenomena Research Centre) where she held a research position until 2012. Her research focuses on fluid flows and transport phenomena, in particular the rheology of complex fluids, non-Newtonian fluid dynamics and microfluidics. Mónica publishes her research results in leading international journals including Physical Review Letters, Physics of Fluids, Microfluidics & Nanofluidics, Soft Matter and Journal of Fluid Mechanics. She is a member of both the Society of Rheology of the American Institute of Physics, and the British Society of Rheology.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Heriot-Watt University


  • Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluid dynamics
  • Rheology
  • Viscoelasticity
  • Elastic Instabilities
  • xperimental characterisation of complex fluid flows
  • Biofluid analogues
  • Red blood cell deformation
  • Aneurysm flows
  • Microfluidics
  • Microdevice optimisation

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Projects 2012 2021


Oliveira, M., Haw, M. & Rycroft, E.

EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)


Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Houston, Gemma

Oliveira, M., Zhang, Y. & Houston, G.

EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)


Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

Research Output 2001 2019

Thermocapillary motion of a Newtonian drop in a dilute viscoelastic fluid

Capobianchi, P., T. Pinho, F., Lappa, M. & Oliveira, M. S. N., 31 Aug 2019, In : Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics. 270, p. 8-22 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Viscoelastic Fluid
2 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Magnetic fluids
Shear flow
Magnetic fields
Navier Stokes equations
Flow fields


Intelligent design of microfluidic components for Newtonian and complex fluid systems

Author: Zografos, K., 1 Jun 2016

Supervisor: Oliveira, M. (Supervisor) & Zhang, Y. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Microfluidics for assessing the behaviour of deformable biological objects

Author: Sales Fidalgo, J. A., 1 Feb 2018

Supervisor: Oliveira, M. (Supervisor) & Stickland, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 2005 2015

  • 12 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 5 Organiser of major conference
  • 5 Organiser of special symposia
  • 2 Participation in conference

British Society of Rheology Winter Meeting 2015

Monica Oliveira (Invited speaker)
14 Dec 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

World Congress on Computational Mechanics

Monica Oliveira (Organiser)
20 Jul 201425 Jul 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of special symposia