Dr Thomas Abadie PhD

Dr Thomas Abadie

School of Chemical Engineering
Assistant Professor

Contact details

School of Chemical Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Thomas Abadie is an Assistant Professor at the University of Birmingham.

His research mainly focuses on fluid mechanics, multiphase flows and the modelling of interfacial phenomena, with a particular interest on bubble dynamics, complex fluids, surface active agents and interfacial transfer with application to both environmental (e.g. water resources) and industrial (e.g. formulation engineering) challenges.

Using both experimental characterisation (imaging, Particle Imaging Velocimetry) and numerical simulations (interface capturing/tracking, Discrete Particle Methods), Thomas’ research activities include bubbly flows across different scales, from microreactors to aeration/flotation tanks and electrolysers; drop generation in jetting/spraying; and mixing of complex fluids.


  • PhD in Fluid Mechanics, 2013
  • MSc in Fluid Mechanics, Energy and Transport Phenomena, University of Toulouse, 2010


  • Mass, Heat and Momentum Transport - Y2
  • Design Projects [project co-supervision] - Y3
  • Advanced Transport Phenomena - Y4
  • Research Projects [projects supervision] - MEng and MSc

Other activities

Reviewing for Chemical Engineering Research and Design, International Journal of Multiphase Flows, Applied Thermal Engineering, Journal of Computational Physics.

Consulting in Computational Fluid Dynamics and multiphase flows.


Recent publications


Chatterjee, S, Abadie, T, Wang, M, Matar, OK & Ruoff, R 2024, 'Repeatability and Reproducibility in the Chemical Vapor Deposition of 2D Films: A Physics-Driven Exploration of the Reactor Black Box', Chemistry of Materials. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.3c02361

Traverso, T, Abadie, T, Matar, OK & Magri, L 2023, 'Data-driven modeling for drop size distributions', Physical Review Fluids, vol. 8, no. 10, 104302. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevFluids.8.104302

Constante-Amores, CR, Abadie, T, Kahouadji, L, Shin, S, Chergui, J, Juric, D, Castrejón-Pita, AA & Matar, OK 2023, 'Direct numerical simulations of turbulent jets: vortex–interface–surfactant interactions', Journal of Fluid Mechanics, vol. 955, A42. https://doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2022.1056

Farajidizaji, F, Cairns, M, Abadie, T, Albadawi, A, Connolly, R, Breen, B, Berten, S, Bernabo, U & Delaure, Y 2023, 'Significance of recirculating micro-bubbles in oxygenation from poly-dispersed plumes', International Journal of Multiphase Flow. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmultiphaseflow.2023.104408

Abadie, T, Awali, SMAM, Brennan, B, Briciu-Burghina, C, Tajparast, M, Passos, TM, Durkan, J, Holland, L, Lawler, J, Nolan, K, Quilty, B, Fitzsimons, L, Regan, F & Delauré, Y 2022, 'Oxygen transfer of microbubble clouds in aqueous solutions – Application to wastewater', Chemical Engineering Science, vol. 257, 117693. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ces.2022.117693

Brennan, B, Briciu-Burghina, C, Hickey, S, Abadie, T, Awali, SMAM, Delaure, Y, Durkan, J, Holland, L, Quilty, B, Tajparast, M, Pulit, C, Fitzsimons, L, Nolan, K, Regan, F & Lawler, J 2020, 'Pilot Scale Study: First Demonstration of Hydrophobic Membranes for the Removal of Ammonia Molecules from Rendering Condensate Wastewater', International Journal of Molecular Sciences. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms21113914

Wei, Y, Abadie, T & Dias, F 2017, 'A Cost-Effective Method for Modelling Wave-OWSC Interaction', International Journal of Offshore and Polar Engineering. https://doi.org/10.17736/ijope.2017.as21

Dias, F, Renzi, E, Gallagher, S, Sarkar, D, Wei, Y, Abadie, T, Cummins, C & Rafiee, A 2017, 'Analytical and computational modelling for wave energy systems: the example of oscillating wave surge converters', Acta Mechanica Sinica. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10409-017-0683-6

Wei, Y, Abadie, T, Henry, A & Dias, F 2016, 'Wave interaction with an Oscillating Wave Surge Converter. Part II: Slamming', Ocean Engineering. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oceaneng.2015.12.041

Abadie, T, Aubin, J & Legendre, D 2015, 'On the combined effects of surface tension force calculation and interface advection on spurious currents within Volume of Fluid and Level Set frameworks', Journal of Computational Physics. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcp.2015.04.054

Abadie, T, Xuereb, C, Legendre, D & Aubin, J 2013, 'Mixing and recirculation characteristics of gas–liquid Taylor flow in microreactors', Chemical Engineering Research and Design. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cherd.2013.03.003

Abadie, T, Aubin, J, Legendre, D & Xuereb, C 2011, 'Hydrodynamics of gas–liquid Taylor flow in rectangular microchannels', Microfluidics and Nanofluidics. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10404-011-0880-8

Other contribution

Abadie, T, Dias, F, Cox, T & Ghidaglia, J-M 2015, On the Wavemaker Theory for Two Fluids.. https://doi.org/10.1115/omae2015-41612

Henry, A, Abadie, T, Nicholson, J, McKinley, A, Kimmoun, O & Dias, F 2015, The Vertical Distribution and Evolution of Slam Pressure on an Oscillating Wave Surge Converter.. https://doi.org/10.1115/omae2015-41290

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