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Thèses, Stages, Divers

Phase Change and Interfaces

Coordinator: Pr. David Brutin

Our keywords: Energetics, Heat Transfer, Fluid flow, Heterogenous media, Complex systems, Multiscale approaches.


Academics: Dr. Stéphane Launay (Assistant Professor), Prof. Lounès Tadrist (Professor & Head of Research Department)

Ph.D Student: Ariane Salvans, Fiona Smith


Alumni: Dr. Sergey Semenov, Dr. Jacqueline Barber, Dr. Damien Serret, Dr. Sébastien Luciani, Dr. Benjamin Sobac, Dr. Antoine Diana, Dr. Florian Carle, Dr. Wassim Bouzeid.

Invited professors: Pr. Oleg Kabov, Pr. Vladimir Ajaev, Pr. Ted Steinberg, Pr. Qui-Sheng Liu,  Pr. Ying Sun.


Last update: April 12th, 2016.



  • "Droplet Wetting and Evaporation" - Elsevier - Hardbound, 448 Pages - Published: June 2015 - ISBN: 978-0-12-800722-8
  • 2016 Master internship and 2016-2019 Ph.D Thesis call for application on "Numercial Simulation of Droplet Evaporation". Please send your resume by email to David Brutin.




  • Biochemistry, haematalogy and hemostase analysis equipment.
  • Jacomex glovebox for biological experiments.
  • VarioCam HR Head Infrared Camera
  • KRUSS Drop Shape Analysis System (DSA 30)


Research activities of the group

Our research activities on liquid-vapour phase change are performed based on two scientific axes: boiling and evaporation:


Pure fluids sessile drop evaporation


Thermocapillary loops

Heat and mass transfer analysis for liquid-vapor systems
(heat pipes, loop, heat exhcangers...).
To know more

Complex fluids sessile drop evaporation

Drops of blood
Drops of colloids
Pool of blood


Students of the group


Ph.D. Students

  • F. Smith (graduation in 2018) - Drying of pool of blood for forensic research.
  • A. Salvans (graduation in 2017) - Boiling on a single artificial nucleation site.


Former Post-Doc

  • S. Semenov (10/13 to 10/15) - Numerical simulations of droplets evaporation.
  • J. Barber (05/10 to 04/11) - Nanocoated surfaces for flow boiling heat transfer enhancement.

Graduated Ph.D. Students


Research Funding

All our research activities are performed in the frame of ESA, CNES and ANR grants:

  • "Drop Evaporation" is a european project driven by ESA onboard the ISS. We use the thermal platform (TP1) in order to investigate with much more time, microgravity quality and with more parameters, the evaporaiton of droplets of pure and complex fluid (Coordinator: D. Brutin).
  • "ARLES" is a french-european project driven by CNES and ESA onboard a space rocket MASER 13. We investigate droplet evaporation with or without an electrical field. Fluids investigated are pure or with nano-particles. Presently the project is in Phase A (Coordinator: D. Brutin).
  • "IMPACHT" is a french-chinese project driven by CNES and CNSA (Chinese National Space Agency) in which we investigate drops and films evaporation in microgravity. Presenlty the project is in phase A (Coordinator: D. Brutin).
  • NANOSURF is a french ANR project driven by Pr. P. Marty at LEGI, Grenoble, France in which we investigate the nanocoating influence on boiling and evaporation for heat transfer enhancement (IUSTI coordinator: D. Brutin).
  • D-BLOOD is a french ANR project driven by D. Brutin in which we investigate the rheology, wetting and drying of human blood


Research Collaborations


Past 5 years publications


  • Laan N., Smith F., Nicloux C., Brutin D., Morphology of drying blood pools, Forensic Science International, vol. 267, pp. 104-109, 2016.
  • Laux D., Ferrandis J-Y., Brutin D., Ultrasonic monitoring of droplets' evaporation: application to human whole blood, Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, vol. 32, pp. 132-136, 2016.
  • Carle F., Semenov S., Medale M., Brutin D., Contribution of convective transport to evaporation of sessile droplets: Empirical model, Int. J. Thermal Sciences, vol. 101, pp. 35-47, 2016, Download the publication.


  • Bouzeid W., Brutin D., Beyond Tanner's law: role of contact line evaporation on the spreading of viscous droplet, Interf. Phen. Heat Transfer, vol. 3 (3), 221-229, 2015, Download the publication.
  • Brutin D., Wetting and Evaporation: Droplets of Pure and Complex Fluids, 05/2015; Publisher: Elsevier, ISBN: 978-0-12-800722-8.


  • Hadj-Achour M., Brutin D., Fractal pattern formation in nano-suspension sessile droplets via evaporation-spreading on a glass substrate, Colloid and Interface Science Communications, vol. 1, pp. 43-46, 2014, Download the publication.
  • Bou Zeid W., Brutin D., Effect of relative humidity on the spreading dynamics of sessile drops of blood, Colloids and Surfaces A, vol. 456, pp. 273-285, 2014, Download the publication.
  • Sobac B., Brutin D., Desiccation of a Sessile Drop of Blood: Cracks, Folds Formation and Delamination, Colloids and Surfaces A, vol. 448, pp. 34-44, 2014, Download the publication.


  • Carle F., Brutin D., How surface functional groups influence fracturation in nanofluid droplet dry-outs, Langmuir, Vol. 29, pp. 9962-9966, Download the publication.
  • Diana A., Castillo M., Steinberg T., Brutin D., Asymmetric interface temperature during vapor bubble growth, Applied Physics Letters, vol. 103, 031602, 2013, Download the publication.
  • Vancauwenberghe V., Di Marco P., Brutin D., Wetting and Evaporation of a Sessile Drop under an External Electrical Field: A Review, Colloids and Surfaces A, vol. 432 pp. 50-56, 2013, Download the publication.
  • Bou Zeid W., Vicente J., Brutin D., Influence of evaporation rate on cracks' formation of a drying drop of whole blood, Colloids and Surfaces A, vol. 432, pp. 139-146, 2013, Download the publication.
  • Brutin D., Influence of relative humidity and nano-particle concentration on pattern formation and evaporation rate of pinned drying drops of nanofluids, Colloids and Surfaces A, vol. 429, pp. 112-120, 2013, Download the publication.
  • Bouzeid W., Brutin D., Influence of relative humidity on spreading, pattern formation and adhesion of a drying drop of whole blood, Colloids and Surfaces A, vol. 430, pp. 1-7, 2013, Download the publication.
  • Carle F., Sobac B., Brutin D., Experimental evidence of the atmospheric convective transport contribution to sessile droplet evaporation, Applied Physics Letters, vol. 102, (6), 061301, 2013, Download the publication.
  • Brutin D., Ajaev V., Tadrist L., Pressure drop and void fraction during flow boiling in minichannels in weightlessness, Applied Thermal Enginerring, vol. 51, pp. 1317-1327, 2013, Download the publication.


  • Carle F., Sobac B., Brutin D., Hydrothermal waves in ethanol droplets evaporating under terrestrial and reduced gravity levels, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 712, pp. 614-623, 2012, Download the publication.
  • Sobac B., Brutin D., Thermal E ffects of the Substrate on Water Droplet Evaporation, Physical Review E, vol. 86, 021602, 2012, Download the publication.
  • Sobac B., Brutin D., Thermocapillary instabilities in an evaporating drop deposited onto a heated substrate, Physics of Fluids, Vol. 24, 032103, 2012, Download the publication.
  • Diana A., Castillo M., Brutin D., Steinberg T., Sessile Drop Wettability In Normal and Reduced Gravity, Microgravity Sci. Tech., Vol. 24, pp. 195-202, 2012, Download the publication.
  • Brutin D., Sobac B., Nicloux C., Influence of substrate nature on the evaporation of a sessile drop of blood, Journal of Heat Transfer, Vol. 134, 061101, 2012, Download the publication.


  • Sobac B., Brutin D., Triple-line behavior and wettability controlled by nano-coated substrates: Influence on sessile drop evaporation, Langmuir, Vol. 27, 14999-15007, 2011, Download the publication.
  • Sobac B., Brutin D., Structural and evaporative evolutions in desiccating sessile drops of blood, Physical Review E, Vol. 84, 011603, 2011, Download the publication.
  • Barber J., Brutin D., Sefiane K., Gardarein J.L., Tadrist L., Unsteady-state fluctuations alaysis during bubble growth in a rectangular microchannel, International Journal of Heat Mass Transfer, Vol. 54, pp. 4784-4792, 2011. Download the publication.
  • Barber J., Brutin D., L. Tadrist, A review on boiling heat transfer enhancement with nanofluids, Nanoscale Research Letters, 6:280, 2011, Download the publication
  • Brutin D., Sobac B., F. Rigollet, C. LeNiliot, Infrared visualization of thermal motion inside a sessile drop deposited onto a heated surface, Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, Vol. 35, pp. 521-530, 2011, Download the publication.
  • Brutin D., Sobac B., Loquet B., Sampol J., Pattern formation in drying drops of blood, Journal fo Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 667, pp. 85-95, 2011, Download the publication.


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