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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.