SG2222 Micro Fluids 4.5 credits


  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Spring 19 TTEMM for programme students

Spring 20 TTEMM for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

The purpose of the course is to introduce concepts and methods that are relevant for understanding the flow of liquids, and its importance for mixing and chemical reactions in geometries of microscopic dimensions. The emphasis is on the microscopic fluid mechanics that is relevant for chemical synthesis and analysis, as well as for micro systems technology.

Course main content

Examples of processes and applications, chemical synthesis and analysis. Low Reynolds number hydrodynamics, reversibility of low Re flow. Chaotic mixing, Liapunov exponents, Poincare maps. Surface tension, thermocapillary convection, wetting. Electrokinetics. Non-continuum effects. Micro fluidic devices.


Prerequisites are general courses in mathematics, basic physics etc. This course should be of interest to graduate and last year students in fluid mechanics, chemistry, biotechnology, micro systems technology etc, so special care is taken to make the material accessible for students with a quite varied background.


Your own lecture notes, and copies of research papers. The lectures will cover scattered parts from the following books:

Micro Flows, G.E. Karniadakis, A. Beskok, Springer

Physicochemical Hydrodynamics, R.F. Probstein, Wiley

The kinematics of Mixing, J.M. Ottino, Cambridge Univ. Press

Elementary Fluid Dynamics, D.J. Acheson, Oxford, University Press


  • PRO1 - Project, , grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

Typically one project/seminar per group of two students.
In addition each project is assigned two 'opponents', that read the same material and prepare questions.
A short oral exam.

Offered by



Luca Brandt <>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2007.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2007.