Fluids Technology Area

This area collects ATIC’s expertise in experimental and computational fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, computer science and applied mathematics. A large part of the knowledge gathered has been aimed at experimental and theoretical studies on fluid flow in continuous and porous media.


• Membrane technology
• Water desalination by inverse osmosis
• Membrane optimization in water desalination plants
• Process simulation
• Artificial intelligence and control
• Computer engineering and information technologies
• Risk maps for chemical compounds and situations
• Prediction modeling for chemical compounds
• Computation and experimentation of transport phenomena in continuous and porous media
• Computations in heat and mass transfer in reactors and chemical processes
• Computer fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation of process equipment
• Optimized path design for complex reactors
• Atomization, micro- and nano-drops and particles
• Pneumatic atomization
• Electrostatic atomization (electrospray) -  Electrospinning
• Production of nanostructured materials using electrospray and electrospinning
• Atomizer design
• Computer engineering and information technology


Area manager: Dr. Joan Rosell


Dr. Rosell is a research professor at ICREA (Institucio Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats). He received his B.Sc. in Physics at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in 1987. Since 1986 till his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1994 in Mechanical Engineering, he worked with Professor Juan Fernández de la Mora on molecular aerodynamic focusing, on chemical reactions activated by inertial impaction, on scaling laws of electrosprays, and on differential mobility analysis of nanoparticles and ions. Between 1994 and 1996, he was a postdoctoral associate at VCU (Richmond VA, USA) with Professor John B. Fenn, exploring various angles on electrospray ionization mass spectrometry of proteins and peptides. Between 1997 and 2004 he carried industrial research on pulmonary drug delivery systems at Aradigm Corporation (Silicon Valley CA, USA). In 2004, he joined ICREA and the Transport Phenomena group at Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona), working on the stability of electro-hydrodynamic flows, nano-sprays, electrospinning and electrospray for the formation of thin films. 


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