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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, the European Society of Rheology and the British Society of Rheology.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Characterisation of a Gas-Liquid Oscillatory Baffled Column, Heriot-Watt University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2003


  • 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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