de Pablo Group: Arnout Boelens

Postdoctoral Researcher

de Pablo Group


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    Searle Laboratory 105

    5735 South Ellis Avenue

    Chicago, IL 60637

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Gravure cell printing is emerging as a viable strategy for mass production of flexible electronics, for applications like medical devices and solar cells. In his research, Arnout Boelens is looking to optimize the gravure cell printing process by looking into the optimum properties of both the conducting inks and the gravure cells, to get the best ink transfer and the most accurate deposition of the ink on the substrate. Since the system is too large to use a molecular scale simulation technique, a continuum mechanics approach is used. The code used is based on the Finite Volume software, OpenFOAM, and uses the Volume Of Fluid method, but has modifications for the surface tension force, the contact angle model, and automatic re-meshing for mesh topology changes.


University of Massachusetts, Amherst
PhD, Chemical Engineering
Thesis: On the effect of elasticity on drag reduction due to polymer additives
using a hybrid D.N.S. and Langevin dynamics approach.

Delft University of Technology
MS, Applied Physics
Thesis: DNS study of local-equilibrium models in dilute particle-laden
turbulent pipe flows.

Delft University of Technology
BS, Applied Physics

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