Innovation technologique Liliane Bettencourt (2022-2023) - Lydéric Bocquet
Collège de France
Colloque - La nanofluidique à la croisée des chemins : Computer Explorations of Soft Flowing Matter
Major progress in experimental micro-nanofluidics over the last decades has spawned the opportunity to explore new states of droplet-based soft flowing matter, such as microfluidic crystals, high-density confined emulsions, bijels, as well as various types of soft granular flows. These novel states of soft matter raise fundamental challenges to non-equilibrium statistical physics mostly on account of strong nonlinear and nonlocal effects, which set their mechanical and rheological properties far apart from those of the three fundamental states of matter (solid,liquid and gas) they are made of. In this talk, I shall present selected computer simulations and machine-learning algorithms which help shedding light into these fascinating states of soft flowing matter and lay the ground for future applications in science and engineering.
Dr Succi holds a degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Bologna and a PhD in plasma physics from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. He currently serves as Senior Research Executive and Principal Investigator at the Center for Life Nano-Neuro Sciences at la Sapienza of the Italian Institute of Technology. He is also a Research Affiliate of the Physics Department of Harvard University and a Honorary Professor at the University College London. His research activity covers a broad range of topics related to complex states of flowing matter, such as thermonuclear plasmas, fluid turbulence, micro and nanofluidics, soft matter as well as quantum and subnuclear fluids. He is best known for his contributions to the early inception, development and application of the Lattice Boltzmann method, for which he has received a number of international awards, including the APS 2017 Aneesur Rahman Prize in Computational Physics, the 2019 CECAM Berni Alder Prize for exceptional contributions to the microscopic simulation of matter. He is an elected member of Academia Europaea (2015) and in 2017 he has been awarded the ERC-AdG "Computational design of mesoscale porous materials".