Dr Nina Kovalchuck PhD

School of Chemical Engineering
Research Fellow

Contact details

Address
School of Chemical Engineering
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Nina Kovalchuk is a Research Fellow working on EPSRC funded MEMPHIS (Multi-scale Exploration of MultiPhase Physics In FlowS) program. 

Nina published over 60 research papers in scientific journals as well as book chapters in the field of adsorption dynamics and the effect of surfactants on multiphase flows (instabilities due to surfactant transfer, surfactant enhanced spreading and superspreading, formation and coalescence of drops on macroscale and in microfluidic devices), stability and dynamics of foams, suspensions and emulsions. She also gives conference and invited talks on the above subjects

Career History

Nina Kovalchuk got her PhD in material science in 1996. She moved to the area of colloid and interface science in 1998 and worked as a postdoctoral research scientist at the Institute of Biocolloid Chemistry, Kiev, Ukraine, the Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Surfaces, Potsdam, Germany and the Department of Chemical Engineering, Loughborough University. Currently she is a Research Fellow at the School of Chemical Engineering University of Birmingham.

Qualifications

  • AFHEA 2015
  • PhD in material science 1996
  • MSc in physics, Kiev State University, Ukraine, 1981

Biography

Nina Kovalchuk got her PhD in material science in 1996. She moved to the area of colloid and interface science in 1998 and worked as a postdoctoral research scientist at the Institute of Biocolloid Chemistry, Kiev, Ukraine, the Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Surfaces, Potsdam, Germany and the Department of Chemical Engineering, Loughborough University. Currently she is a Research Fellow at the School of Chemical Engineering University of Birmingham.

Teaching

Co-supervision of students research projects

Postgraduate supervision

Involved in different PhD projects of Particle and Multiphase Processing research group.

Research

Research Themes

  • kinetics of liquid bridges and drop formation in the presence of soluble surfactants on mm scale and in microfluidics;
  • wetting, spreading and evaporation of liquids on various substrates;
  • interfacial layers, dynamics of adsorption and interfacial rheology;
  • foams: formation, drainage, interaction with substrates;
  • rheology of complex liquids;
  • molecular recognition;
  • self-organization in multiphase liquid systems far from equilibrium containing surfactants.   

 

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Alberini, F, Simmons, M & Kovalchuk, N 2020, 'Effect of moderate DC electric field on formation of surfactant-laden drops', Chemical Engineering Research and Design, vol. 157, pp. 133-141. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cherd.2020.03.009

Lu, Y, Kovalchuk, NM, Che, Z & Simmons, MJH 2020, 'Interfacial instabilities due to immiscible fluid displacement in circular and non-circular microchannels', Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, vol. 113, 110045, pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.expthermflusci.2020.110045

Kovalchuk, NM, Sagisaka, M, Osaki, S & Simmons, MJH 2020, 'Superspreading performance of branched ionic trimethylsilyl surfactant Mg(AOTSiC)2', Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, vol. 604, 125277. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfa.2020.125277

Kovalchuk, NM, Sagisaka, M, Steponavicius, K, Vigolo, D & Simmons, MJH 2019, 'Drop formation in microfluidic cross-junction: jetting to dripping to jetting transition', Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, vol. 23, no. 8, 103. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10404-019-2269-z

Kovalchuk, NM, Johnson, D, Sobolev, V, Hilal, N & Starov, V 2019, 'Interactions between nanoparticles in nanosuspension', Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, vol. 272, 102020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cis.2019.102020

Kovalchuk, NM, Reichow, M, Frommweiler, T, Vigolo, D & Simmons, MJH 2019, 'Mass transfer accompanying coalescence of surfactant-laden and surfactant-free drop in a microfluidic channel', Langmuir, vol. 35, no. 28, pp. 9184-9193. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.9b00843

Kovalchuk, NM, Dunn, J, Davies, J & Simmons, MJH 2019, 'Superspreading on hydrophobic substrates: effect of glycerol additive', Colloids and Interfaces, vol. 3, no. 2, 51. https://doi.org/10.3390/colloids3020051

Kovalchuk, NM & Simmons, MJH 2018, 'Effect of soluble surfactant on regime transitions at drop formation', Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, pp. 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfa.2018.02.041

Kovalchuk, NM, Jenkinson, H, Miller, R & Simmons, MJH 2018, 'Effect of soluble surfactants on pinch-off of moderately viscous drops and satellite size', Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, vol. 516, pp. 182-191. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcis.2018.01.039

Kovalchuk, NM, Roumpea, E, Nowak, E, Chinaud, M, Angeli, P & Simmons, MJH 2018, 'Effect of surfactant on emulsification in microchannels', Chemical Engineering Science, vol. 176, pp. 139-152. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ces.2017.10.026

Roumpea, E, Kovalchuk, NM, Chinaud, M, Nowak, E, Simmons, MJH & Angeli, P 2018, 'Experimental studies on droplet formation in a flow-focusing microchannel in the presence of surfactants', Chemical Engineering Science. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ces.2018.09.049

Lu, Y, Kovalchuk, NM & Simmons, MJH 2018, 'Residual film thickness following immiscible fluid displacement in non-circular microchannels at large capillary number', AIChE Journal. https://doi.org/10.1002/aic.16178

Kahouadji, L, Nowak, E, Kovalchuk, N, Chergui, J, Juric, D, Shin, S, Simmons, MJH, Craster, RV & Matar, OK 2018, 'Simulation of immiscible liquid–liquid flows in complex microchannel geometries using a front-tracking scheme', Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, vol. 22, no. 11, 126. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10404-018-2149-y

Kovalchuk, NM, Chowdhury, J, Schofield, Z, Vigolo, D & Simmons, MJH 2018, 'Study of drop coalescence and mixing in microchannel using Ghost Particle Velocimetry', Chemical Engineering Research and Design, vol. 132, pp. 881-889. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cherd.2018.01.034

Nowak, E, Xie, Z, Kovalchuk, NM, Matar, OK & Simmons, MJH 2017, 'Bulk advection and interfacial flows in the binary coalescence of surfactant-laden and surfactant-free drops', Soft Matter. https://doi.org/10.1039/C7SM00328E

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