Professor Blanchette is an applied mathematician primarily interested in problems involving fluid dynamics. A large portion of his research is concerned with problems related to sedimentation. The accumulation patterns, erosion potential and transport properties of such systems are of geophysical and environmental interest. He also studies systems where two immiscible fluids are present and surface tension plays a significant role, such as drops, bubbles and micro-fluidic devices. Professor Blanchette's approach is mostly theoretical and numerical, and he also values interactions with experimentalists so as to paint as complete a picture as possible of a given physical system.
When solid particles settle in a surrounding fluid – for example, pollution or sediment in a natural waterway – mathematics can help scientists understand how those particles accumulate, erode, and move around the system. François Blanchette studies these systems and also systems where two immiscible fluids are present and where surface tension plays a significant role – systems like drops, bubbles and micro-fluidic devices.
He can provide expert comments on the importance of mathematical approaches to environmental problems; on the behavior of sediments, drops, bubbles and microfluidic devices; and on fluid dynamics in general.
Professor Blanchette earned his Ph.D. in 2003 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his B.S. in 1999 from the University of Montreal.