Dr Daniele Vigolo PhD

Dr Daniele Vigolo

School of Chemical Engineering
Senior Lecturer
Third Year Chair

Contact details

School of Chemical Engineering
The University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Daniele is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemical Engineering and he is a staff member of the Healthcare Technologies Institute (HTI). His main research interests are in the field of soft matter, complex fluids and bio-microfluidics. He aims to answers fundamental inter-disciplinary questions in micro-fluid dynamics of multiphase flows and transport phenomena in non-equilibrium systems in the presence of temperature gradients (i.e., thermophoresis). He is in particular interested in applications of microfluidics to biological and health related problems.

For more information please see the Vigolo lab website.


  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy, Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Birmingham, 2018
  • PhD in Radiation Science and Technology, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, 2010
  • MEng in Nuclear Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, 2006


Daniele received his Laurea (5-year Master course) in Nuclear Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano in 2006. At the same institution, in 2010, he got his Ph.D. in Radiation Science and Technology working on “Thermophoresis in complex fluids” under the supervision of Prof. Roberto Piazza. He investigated the behaviour of a colloidal suspension in a temperature gradient with optical methods (e.g., the beam deflection technique), and in microfluidic devices during his internship at Harvard University in the group of Prof. Howard A. Stone.

In 2011, he moved to Princeton University working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Complex Fluids Group of Prof. Howard A. Stone. Here he worked on an experimental and theoretical fluid mechanical investigation of particle-wall impacts and air-bubble behaviour in a T-junction. He also developed a microfluidic microbial fuel cell and investigated the dependence of the electric output on the shear stress induced by the flow. In December 2012 he joined the group of Professor Andrew deMello at ETH Zürich after been awarded of the ETH Postdoctoral Fellowship (Marie Curie Actions).

Then in July 2015 he joined the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham as a Lecturer (i.e. Assistant Professor) and in August 2019 he has been promoted to Senior Lecturer (i.e. Associate Professor).


Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Programme

  • Multiphase Systems (20 credits), module coordinator
  • Mass, Heat and Momentum Trans (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Transport Phenomena (20 credits)

Postgraduate Taught Courses

  • Colloids Chemistry and Rheology (10 credits)
  • Process Engineering Fundamentals (10 credits)

Postgraduate supervision

Daniele is supervising several PhD students in the following areas:

  • mechanism of formation of deep veins thrombosis;
  • generation of biocompatible functional material by microfluidic manipulation of multiphase flows;
  • study of rheological properties of foam and generation of nanobubbles via microfludics;
  • encapsulation of microbes in double-emulsions generated by microfluidics and their thermal treatment in food applications;
  • dynamics of surfactants during single droplet formation in microfluidics;
  • the implementation of biosensors within contact lenses;
  • microfluidic approach for microparticle formation of lignocellulosic extracts of plant material via antisolvent processing.


The Vigolo lab studies bio-fluid dynamics from a fundamental point of view and applied to health-related problems with the aim to predict and prevent the insurgence of diseases such as deep vein thrombosis. Additionally, Daniele is interested in understanding the behaviour of cells cultivated on biocompatible soft materials presenting custom stiffness pattern that we fabricated.

He is also interested in studying dynamics phenomena developing close to soft interfaces (e.g., liquid-liquid or close to elastic materials) and to understand their implication. To do so he exploits lab-on-a-chip devices with which he is able to precisely control the microenvironment conditions and to design and realize functionalised advanced biocompatible materials.


Recent publications


Shen, Y, Ruggeri, FS, Vigolo, D, Kamada, A, Qamar, S, Levin, A, Iserman, C, Alberti, S, George-Hyslop, PS & Knowles, TPJ 2020, 'Biomolecular condensates undergo a generic shear-mediated liquid-to-solid transition', Nature Nanotechnology, vol. 15, no. 10, pp. 841-847. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41565-020-0731-4

Moreddu, R, Wolffsohn, JS, Vigolo, D & Yetisen, AK 2020, 'Laser-inscribed contact lens sensors for the detection of analytes in the tear fluid', Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, vol. 317, 128183. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.snb.2020.128183

Xu, Y, Jacquat, RPB, Shen, Y, Vigolo, D, Morse, D, Zhang, S & Knowles, TPJ 2020, 'Microfluidic templating of spatially inhomogeneous protein microgels', Small, vol. 16, no. 32, 2000432, pp. 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1002/smll.202000432

Schofield, Z, Baksamawi, HA, Campos, J, Alexiadis, A, Nash, G, Brill, A & Vigolo, D 2020, 'The role of valve stiffness in the insurgence of deep vein thrombosis', Nature, vol. 1, no. 1, 65. https://doi.org/10.1038/s43246-020-00066-2

Moreddu, R, Elsherif, M, Butt, H, Vigolo, D & Yetisen, AK 2019, 'Contact lenses for continuous corneal temperature monitoring', RSC Advances, vol. 9, no. 20, pp. 11433-11442. https://doi.org/10.1039/C9RA00601J

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

Vigolo, D, Ramakrishna, SN & deMello, AJ 2019, 'Facile tuning of the mechanical properties of a biocompatible soft material', Scientific Reports, vol. 9, no. 1, 7125. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-43579-8

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

Labarre, L & Vigolo, D 2019, 'Microfluidics approach to investigate foam hysteretic behaviour', Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, vol. 23, no. 129, pp. 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10404-019-2299-6

Riccomi, M, Alberini, F, Brunazzi, E & Vigolo, D 2018, 'Ghost Particle Velocimetry as an alternative to ╬╝PIV for micro/milli-fluidic devices', Chemical Engineering Research and Design, vol. 133, pp. 183-194. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cherd.2018.03.005

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

Ariane, M, Vigolo, D, Brill, A, Nash, FGB, Barigou, M & Alexiadis, A 2018, 'Using Discrete Multi-Physics for studying the dynamics of emboli in flexible venous valves', Computers and Fluids, vol. 166, pp. 57-63. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compfluid.2018.01.037

Vigolo, D, Zhao, J, Handschin, S, Cao, X, deMello, AJ & Mezzenga, R 2017, 'Continuous Isotropic-Nematic Transition in Amyloid Fibril Suspensions Driven by Thermophoresis', Scientific Reports, vol. 7, no. 1, 1211. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-01287-1

Ariane, M, Wen, W, Vigolo, D, Brill, A, Nash, FGB, Barigou, M & Alexiadis, A 2017, 'Modelling and simulation of flow and agglomeration in deep veins valves using discrete multi physics', Computers in Biology and Medicine, vol. 89, pp. 96-103. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compbiomed.2017.07.020

Review article

Moreddu, R, Vigolo, D & Yetisen, AK 2019, 'Contact lens technology: from fundamentals to applications', Advanced Healthcare Materials, vol. 8, no. 15, 1900368. https://doi.org/10.1002/adhm.201900368

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