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Dr Prashant Valluri

Senior Lecturer

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Imperial College London
Multiphase fluid dynamics in structured packings
Bachelor of Engineering, Dr. BA Technological University, Lonere, India
Chemical Engineering


Oct 2004

PhD in Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London

Thesis: Multiphase fluid dynamics in structured packings

June 1998Bachelor of Technology (Distinction) in Chemical Engineering

Research Interests

  • Multiphase and single-phase fluid dynamics and transport phenomena
  • Stability theory and turbulence
  • Process design and intensification
  • Biological fluid dynamics and material science

My work centres around the development of understanding and models for complex flow patterns to tackle various industrial problems like cleaning, oil-gas transport, slurry transport, distillation, absorption, thermal management of microdevices and biological problems such as cerebral temperature regulation and lung function.

My research in a nutshell

Administrative Roles

Research students

  1. Dr. Pedro J Sáenz (Graduated 2014)
  2. Dr. Pei Shui (Graduated 2015)
  3. Patrick Schmidt (Graduated 2017)
  4. Stephen Blowers (Graduated 2018)
  5. Robson Nazareth (As principal supervisor, co-supervised by Prof. K. Sefiane)
  6. Adam Williams (As principal supervisor, co-supervised by Prof. K. Sefiane)
  7. Erich Essmann (As principal supervisor, co-supervised by Dr. J. Sun and Dr. T. Krueger)
  8. James Farrell (As principal supervisor, co-supervised by Dr. P. Pankaj and Spine Surgeon Mr. E. Garrido - Sick Kids Hospital)

Research Groups

  • Institute for Multiscale Thermofluids
  • Multiphase Flows and Transport Phenomena


  • Fluid Mechanics 4 (Chemical), CHEE10004. 
  • Process Calculations 2, CHEE08014
  • Chemical Engineering 1 Laboratory, CHEE08001
  • Chemical Engineering Research Project 5, CHEE11017
  • Chemical Engineering Study Project 4, CHEE10009
  • Chemical Engineering in Practise 3 - MATLAB Design (2010-2011, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-2015) CHEE09006
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics 5 (2011-12, 2012-13), MECE11004/PGEE11055 

Collaborative Activity


  • Imperial College London, UK
  • University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Université de Lyon (Claude Bernard), France
  • Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France
  • Massachussets Institute of Technology, USA
  • University of Maryland, USA
  • Stanford University, USA
  • University of Nottingham, UK
  • École Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay
  • Kyushu University, Japan
  • Kobe University, Japan
  • Universidado do Estado do Rio de Janiero, Brazil
  • York University Toronto, Canada
  • Tata Institute for Fundamental Research - Hyderabad, India
  • Shanghai Jiaotong University, China
  • Dalian Maritime University, China
  • Tianjin University of Commerce, China
  • Brunel University, UK
  • Heriot-Watt University, UK
  • University of Pretoria, South Africa


  • Sulzer Chemtech
  • Thermacore Europe
  • Selex
  • K2M

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