Fluides, Interfaces Liquides et Micro-Systèmes


The recent upsurge for investigating liquid flows at smaller and smaller scales, has appeared around a decade ago. Historically, it is partly explained owing the progresses of technologies in micro-fabrication, surface treatments and in electrical or magnetical active materials allowing the fabrication of accurate actuators. At the same time, the technologies of visualisation greatly improved as well: high-speed or high-resolution cameras, better and better microscopes, ... This has let a huge space of investigation for teams like FILMS, to try and understand the physical mechanisms that rule flows at small scales, where analytical approaches can sometimes be carried out - due to the absence of inertial terms in the momentum equations. On the other side, unexpected effects like the influence of confinement, the slip near walls or the huge viscous stress, make the situations sometimes more complex than in large-scale flows. In short, microfluidics opened a new type of problems requiring specific experimental and theoretical methods.

Amongst the national and international context, the general scopes of the research in the FILMS team are to investigate:

  1. The influence of micro-actuators (acoustical, magnetical, ...) on fluid flows.

  2. Out-of-equilibrium phenomenons, i.e. unstable or chaotic flows with natural applications in transfer and mixing.

  3. Problems coupling phenomenons at liquid interfaces and flows of complex fluids.

FILMS team has currently several national and international collaborations with :

  1. Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire (IRI), University of Lille, France.

  2. McGill University, Canada.

  3. PMMH-ESPCI, France.

  4. University of Liège, Belgium.

  5. University of Bristol, UK.

  6. University of Twente, Netherlands.

  7. University of Zaragoza, Spain.

  8. LadhyX, Ecole Polytechnique - France.

  9. ONERA, France.

  10. PMMH - ESPCI, Paris, France.

  11. University of Warwick, UK.

  12. University of Florida, USA

  13. University of Bordeaux 1, France.

  14. Japanese Space Agency JAXA, Japan

  15. Tokyo University of Science (TUS), Japan

Welcome to FILMS team web page.

Our laboratory is located in the Institut d'Electronique, Microélectronique et Nanotechologies (IEMN) and is part of the AIMAN group and the Laboratoire Européen en Magnétoacoustique Nonlinéaire (LEMAC).

Permanent members

Michael Baudoin

Associate Professor

Farzam Zoueshtiagh


Non-permanent members

Diwakar Seyyanur Venkatesan


Ilyesse Bihi

Ph.D student

Adrien Bussonière

Ph.D student

Abdelghani Dimouni

Ph.D student

Former members

William (Trey) Batson

Former Ph.D student from Univ. Florida, now Post-doc at Technion

Christophe Frankiewicz

former Ph.D student,

Now Post-doc at Iowa University

Philippe Brunet

former CNRS Research fellow

Now CNRS research fellow at MCS Paris University 7

Alain Merlen

former Professor and of the team

Now Scientific director of ONERA France

Research activities

  1. 1.Capillary flows in interaction with micro-systems and complex surfaces

  2. 2.Particle-laden flows

  3. 3.Instabilities of free-surface flows

  4. 4.Miscible fluid flows, with diffusive mixing layer

  5. 5.Microflows in microsystems dedicated to boundary-layer flow control

Progress report

  1. French Research Evaluation Agency report 2008

Student’s research projects

  1. Ph.D Proposals

  2. Masters proposals


Contact us

Institut d'Electronique de Microélectronique et de Nanotechnologie (IEMN) CNRS 8520

équipe: Fluides, Interfaces Liquides et Micro-Systèmes (FILMS)

Avenue Poincaré - BP 60069 - 59652 Villeneuve d'Ascq cedex 

Tél : +33 (0)3 20 19 79 79, Fax : +33(0)3 20 19 78 80