Wed December 16th 2015
16:00 – 16:45
Seminar Bursting bubbles and its utilization
David Fernández Rivas


For many scientists “bubble means trouble”, for example in a microfluidic channel or in solar-to-fuel devices. Recently, financial and technological bubbles have damaged their reputation even more; nevertheless, I will present a story about different types of bubbles that when tamed, can bring several useful effects.

During my PhD I worked in several research projects collaborating with chemists, physicists and aiming at different applications; particularly with members of Physics of Fluids Group (PoF). Many colleagues still now think I belong to PoF, and there is a good reason for that: I enjoy working with bubbles and with PoF members.
My entrepreneurial side combined with a PoFer (Bram Verhaagen) led to the foundation of BuBclean in 2013 (, a spin-off from the University of Twente. After my group Mesoscale Chemical Systems moved to the Carré building, I have not been able to keep up to date with the new generation of PoF members.

That is why, in this talk I will share some of my experiences and results related to the use of bubbles for efficient creation of radicals, removal of films with sub-millimeter control, transdermal drug applications and the intensification of processes such as acoustic cavitation. I will also present some current challenges we are facing in the quest to build devices for the production of solar-hydrogen.
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