• 1274 Citations
1984 …2020
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“Pinnacles of creativity in mathematics are outstanding but require time. Pinnacles in design satisfy time constraints and give concrete solutions. Who would compare Debussy with John le Carré?”

Research profile

Cees van der Geld heads the group of Interfaces of Mass Transfer where processes with intense transport of heat and mass across interfaces are studied. The group started in 2016 at the department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry (ST) but elaborates on and continues research performed at the department of Mechanical Engineering (W). The group performs dedicated experiments that are analyzed with analytical and with numerical models to obtain a thorough understanding of the underlying mechanisms of heat and mass transfer at interfaces, and a proper mathematical description. Most research is in collaboration with industrial partners. Typical examples are the growth and detachment of boiling or electrolysis bubbles; quench cooling; pulsed electric fields; flow distributions; novel ways to fully vaporize expensive compounds without waste or fouling; development and study of heterogeneous, patterned substrates and responsive coatings to promote drainage in dropwise condensation.

Academic background

Cees van der Geld studied both Theoretical Physics and Pure Mathematics at Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands), where he graduated in 1979. He worked for almost one year as an automation engineer at Cap Gemini, after which he enrolled as a PhD student at Eindhoven University (TU/e, The Netherlands). In 1985 he obtained his doctorate with his thesis entitled 'On phase distribution transitions in vertical evaporator tubes' supervised by professors Chris van Koppen and Gijs Ooms. From 1985-1987, Van der Geld was Assistant Professor at the Department of Aeronautical Sciences of TU Delft in the field of rocket propulsion. In 1987 he returned to TU/e to become Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the field of two-phase flow. In 1990 he was appointed Associate Professor. Since 2016 Cees van der Geld is full professor of Interfaces with Mass Transfer at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. He is Scientific Director of the PDEng program Process and Product Design at TU/e, a two-year Designer's program consisting of one year of curricular work and one year involving an individual design project carried out in collaboration with industry. 

Affiliated with

  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, TU/e
  • J.M. Burgerscentrum
  • Amsterdam Medical Centre

Partners in (semi-)industry

  • NEM
  • Stork
  • TNO

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Projects 2017 2020

Research Output 1984 2019

3 Citations (Scopus)
6 Downloads (Pure)

Forces on rapidly growing vapor bubbles on a wall in forced convection with varying angle of inclination

van der Geld, C. W. M., Baltis, C. H. M. & Priems, G. J. M., 1 Jul 2016, In : Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. 505, p. 29-36 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

forced convection
Forced convection
Boiling liquids
9 Citations (Scopus)
88 Downloads (Pure)

Forces on a boiling bubble in a developing boundary layer, in microgravity with g-jitter and in terrestrial conditions

Geld, van der, C. W. M., Colin, C., Segers, Q. I. E., Pereira da Rosa, V. H. & Yoshikawa, H. N., 2012, In : Physics of Fluids. 24, 8, p. 082104-1/29 29 p., 082104.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Bubbles (in fluids)
13 Citations (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)

Axisymmetric dynamics of a bubble near a plane wall

Geld, van der, C. W. M. & Kuerten, J. G. M., 2009, In : Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 640, p. 265-303

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Rayleigh equations
boundary element method
17 Citations (Scopus)

Temperatures and the condensate heat resistence in dropwise condensation of multicomponent mixtures with inert gases

Ganzevles, F. L. A. & Geld, van der, C. W. M., 2002, In : International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. 45, 15, p. 3233-3243 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Noble Gases
Inert gases
Heat resistance
rare gases
10 Citations (Scopus)

Experiments on the effect of acceleration on the drag of tapwater bubbles

Geld, van der, C. W. M., Wingaarden, van, H. & Brand, B. A., 2001, In : Experiments in Fluids. 31, 6, p. 708-722

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Activities 1994 1994

  • 2 Contributed talk


Cees van der Geld (Speaker)
1 Aug 1994

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Erlangen, Duitsland

Cees van der Geld (Speaker)
1 Apr 1994

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific


Design Project

1/09/02 → …


Graduation Project CPT

1/09/15 → …


Phase transitions in process equipment



Press / Media

Student theses

Analysis of an aerosol generator

Author: van der Hoeven, T., 31 Aug 2002

Supervisor: Brouwers, J. (Supervisor 1), van der Geld, C. (Supervisor 2), van Kemenade, H. (Supervisor 2), Rindt, C. (Supervisor 2) & Abd-Elhady Mohamed, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Analysis on the inclusion of wire meshes in a bubble column

Author: de Goeij, S., 31 Dec 2012

Supervisor: Kuipers, J. (Supervisor 1), Deen, N. (Supervisor 2), van der Geld, C. (Supervisor 2) & Jain, D. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Bubble migration in up- and downflow in a rectangular channel: Design of a venturi section and the effect of particle diameter

Author: Boog, F., 30 Nov 1995

Supervisor: Meijer, H. (Supervisor 1) & van der Geld, C. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Combining the front tracking and immersed boundary method: a DNS approach for three phase systems

Author: Seelen, L., 31 Aug 2012

Supervisor: Kuipers, J. (Supervisor 1), van der Geld, C. (Supervisor 2), Deen, N. (Supervisor 2) & Baltussen, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Condenstion of low volatile components in lean natural gas transmission pipelines

Author: de Wispelaere, S., 28 Feb 2007

Supervisor: van der Geld, C. (Supervisor 1) & Schmidt, J. (External person) (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master