Complex Materials and Rheology


Prof. dr. Flavio H. Marchesini is a scientist, critical thinker, problem solver and educator with over 15-years experience in rheology, non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, complex materials, transport phenomena and industrial processes. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and master’s and doctoral degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. He gained industry experience at Halliburton, where he worked as Senior Research Engineer and Fluid Mechanics Area Leader. During this time, he was selected as a high-potential employee, followed leadership courses offered by Texas A&M University and obtained an Executive MBA degree at COPPEAD Graduate School of Business. He returned to academia as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Rheology Group at PUC-Rio, then moved to Ghent University as a Postdoctoral Researcher to work on 3D printing of different materials, and is currently a professorial staff member (100% ZAP) of the Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering at UGent.


Prof. Marchesini has particular expertise on the development of (i) experimental methods to evaluate the rheological response of complex materials, (ii) apparatus to investigate transport processes involving complex materials, (iii) advanced time-dependent constitutive models, (iv) predictive methods to design industrial processes and products for high performance, (v) dimensionless analysis, and (vi) process scale-up. He has a proven track record of leading interdisciplinary R&D projects of over US$ 4 million, which resulted in patents and competitive advantage to industrial partners. He has cooperated with partners of different sectors, including: energy, mining, construction, plastics, personal care, pharmaceutical, and food. He is an active member of the Society of Rheology since 2008 and has significant contributions published in leading journals in the field.


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