Dr Monica Oliveira

Senior Lecturer

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Personal statement

Mónica Oliveira is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. She has a PhD in Chemical & Process Engineering from Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, UK), and a first degree in Chemical Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (Portugal). She held a postdoc position in the Non-Newtonian Fluid Dynamics Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge MA, USA), after which she returned to the University of Porto to join CEFT (Transport Phenomena Research Centre) where she held a research position until 2012. Her research focuses on fluid flows and transport phenomena, in particular the rheology of complex fluids, non-Newtonian fluid dynamics and microfluidics. Mónica publishes her research results in leading international journals including Physical Review Letters, Physics of Fluids, Microfluidics & Nanofluidics, Soft Matter and Journal of Fluid Mechanics. She is a member of both the Society of Rheology of the American Institute of Physics, and the British Society of Rheology.

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Area of Expertise

  • Complex Fluid Flows
  • Microfluidics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Rheology (shear and extension)
  • Microdevice design/optimisation
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Multiple inlet sudden expansion flow of power-law fluids
Carson CG, Cummings JL, Poole RJ, Zografos K, Oliveira MSN
Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics Vol 320 (2023)
Numerical model validation of the blood flow through a microchannel hyperbolic contraction
Barbosa Filipe, Dueñas-Pamplona Jorge, Abreu Cristiano S, Oliveira Mónica S N, Lima Rui A
Micromachines Vol 14 (2023)
Flow focusing with miscible fluids in microfluidic devices
Houston Gemma, Capobianchi Paolo, Oliveira Monica S N
Physics of Fluids Vol 35 (2023)
Exploring the mechanical properties of soft materials at multiple length scales
Laurati Marco, Tassieri Manlio, Espinosa Gabriel, Oliveira Mónica S N, Joseph Pierre
Frontiers is Physics Vol 10 (2022)
Control of purely-elastic instabilities in cross-slot geometries
Davoodi Mahdi, Houston Gemma, Domingues Allyson, Downie Jenna, Dennis David, Oliveira Mónica SN, Poole Robert J
Science Talks Vol 3 (2022)
Erratum : Shear rheology of a dilute emulsion of ferrofluid droplets dispersed in a non-magnetizable carrier fluid under the influence of a uniform magnetic field (Journal of Rheology (2021) 65 (925) DOI: 10.1122/8.0000226)
Capobianchi P, Lappa M, Oliveira M S N, Pinho F T
Journal of Rheology Vol 66, pp. 811-811 (2022)

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Research Interests

Mónica is interested in fluid flows and transport phenomena. Currently, a major part of her research focus on rheology and flow of complex fluids in microscale devices, taking advantage of the unique conditions provided by these small-scale platforms. She has been focusing on the fundamental flow physics of complex fluids in both rheometric and microfluidic devices, but also exploring the distinctive characteristics of complex fluid flows at the micro-scale to design new microfluidic components for extensional rheometry, to develop synthetic biofluid analogues, and to enhance and control microscale mixing.

Keywords: Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluid dynamics, Rheology, Viscoelasticity, Elastic Instabilities, Experimental characterisation of complex fluid flows, CFD, Biofluid analogues, Red blood cell deformation, Aneurysm flows, Microfluidics, Microdevice optimisation.

Professional Activities

Numerical Investigation of Non-Newtonian Fluid Flows in a Multi-Inlet Sudden Expansion
Characterisation of bio-particles under extensional flow using optimised microfluidic devices
Optimisation of hyperbolic microchannels for the characterisation of bio-particles mechanics
British Society of Rheology Winter Meeting 2015
Invited speaker
World Congress on Computational Mechanics
9th Annual European Rheology Conference, AERC 2014

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DTP 2224 University of Strathclyde | Cummings, Joshua
Oliveira, Monica (Principal Investigator) Dong, Feng (Co-investigator) Cummings, Joshua (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2026
KTP - RUA. Embed an understanding of polymer chemistry, rheology and process engineering for the in-house development of medical devices.
Liggat, John (Principal Investigator) Cormack, Peter (Co-investigator) Oliveira, Monica (Co-investigator) Yang, Liu (Co-investigator)
09-Jan-2022 - 08-Jan-2024
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Houston, Gemma
Oliveira, Monica (Principal Investigator) Zhang, Yonghao (Co-investigator) Houston, Gemma (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 02-Jan-2023
Oliveira, Monica (Principal Investigator) Haw, Mark (Co-investigator) Rycroft, Ewan (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 23-Jan-2022
Medical Devices Doctoral Training Centre Renewal | Radhakrishnan, Pretheepan
McKay, Geoffrey (Principal Investigator) Mottram, Nigel (Co-investigator) Oliveira, Monica (Co-investigator) Radhakrishnan, Pretheepan (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 14-Jan-2021
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Devices and Health Technologies | Radhakrishnan, Pretheepan
McKay, Geoffrey (Principal Investigator) Mottram, Nigel (Co-investigator) Oliveira, Monica (Co-investigator) Radhakrishnan, Pretheepan (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 14-Jan-2021

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Dr Monica Oliveira
Senior Lecturer
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Email: monica.oliveira@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 574 5060