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Federico Toschi is full professor at the departments of Applied Physics and of Mathematics and Computer Science at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research focuses on the emerging complexity in challenging multi-scale problems at the crossroad between statistical physics, fluid mechanics, soft condensed matter and bio-physics. How do small-scale interactions and forces lead to large-scale complexity and chaos? How to analytically and numerically model complex flow problemsFederico’s research employs experimental, numerical and theoretical methods and covers -amongst others- fluid dynamics turbulence; lagrangian turbulence; thermal convection; complex fluids; soft condensed matter; active matter; crowd dynamics; scientific computing and Lattice Boltzmann methods. 

Several of Federico's research topics are strongly interdisciplinary and involve pushing the boundaries of physics across different disciplines. In the computational aspects of his work he pursues innovation of numerical methods as well as large-scale, massively parallel, numerical simulations. His research is embedded in the 4TU Centre of Excellence for Multiscale Phenomena, the JMBC Burgerscentrum for fluid dynamics, and the Eindhoven Multiscale Institute. He teaches general courses on fluid mechanics, mathematical and computational physics, dynamical systems and chaos for Applied Physics BSc and MSc students. He served the scientific community by chairing two COST Action on “Particles in turbulence” and “Flowing matter”. He is one of the Founders of the start-up Flow Matters Holding BV. 


Academic background

Federico Toschi graduated (summa cum laude) in Physics at University of Pisa (Italy) and at Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (Italy, 1995). In 1998 he received his PhD in Physics from the University of Pisa (Italy) with a thesis on the fundamental statistical properties of fluid dynamics turbulence. He has worked at the University of Twente (The Netherlands, 1990-2001), at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France, 2001) and at the Istituto per le Applicazioni del Calcolo of the National Research Council (Italy, 2001-2008). In 2008, he was appointed full professor of Computational Physics of Multi-scale Transport Phenomena at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, the Netherlands). Federico is a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS, 2015), has been a visiting scientist at University of Chicago and Stanford (USA). He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and provided more than 100 invited talks and seminars.  

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Research Output

A lattice Boltzmann study on Brownian diffusion and friction of a particle in a confined multicomponent fluid

Xue, X., Biferale, L., Sbragaglia, M. & Toschi, F., 4 May 2020, In : Journal of Computational Science.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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  • A multi-component lattice Boltzmann approach to study the causality of plastic events

    Kumar, P., Benzi, R., Trampert, J. & Toschi, F., 22 Jun 2020, In : Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. 378, 2175, 11 p., 20190403.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Controlling Rayleigh-Bénard convection via Reinforcement Learning

    Beintema, G., Corbetta, A., Biferale, L. & Toschi, F., 31 Mar 2020.

    Research output: Working paperAcademic

  • Lattice Boltzmann simulations of droplet breakup in confined and time-dependent flows

    Milan, F., Biferale, L., Sbragaglia, M. & Toschi, F., Mar 2020, In : Physical Review Fluids. 5, 3, 033607.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Modelling Sea Ice and Melt Ponds Evolution: Sensitivity to Microscale Heat Transfer Mechanisms

    Scagliarini, A., Calzavarini, E., Mansutti, D. & Toschi, F., 2020, Mathematical Approach to Climate Change and its Impacts. Cannarsa, P. (ed.). Springer, p. 179-198 20 p. (Springer INdAM Series; vol. 38).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

  • Datasets

    Data from numerical simulations of topological structure and dynamics of three-dimensional active nematics

    Banerjee, D. (Creator), Vitelli, V. (Creator), Toschi, F. (Creator), 4TU.Centre for Research Data, 11 Feb 2020


    Heavy particles in turbulent flows RM-2007-GRAD-2048

    Calzavarini, E. (Creator), Lanotte, A. (Creator), Bec, J. (Creator), Biferale, L. (Creator), Cencini, M. (Creator), Toschi, F. (Creator), 4TU.Centre for Research Data, 2011




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    Student theses

    A diffuse-interface model of a red blood cell in flow

    Author: Jaensson, N., 30 Apr 2012

    Supervisor: van de Vosse, F. (Supervisor 1), Anderson, P. (Supervisor 2), Hilbers, P. (Supervisor 2) & Toschi, F. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    A multi-scale model for real-life pedestrian arrival processes

    Author: de Kreij, R., 2019

    Supervisor: Toschi, F. (Supervisor 1) & Corbetta, A. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    An experimental and numerical study on the bubble formation process

    Author: Bouaoud, K., 31 Jan 2013

    Supervisor: Kuipers, J. (Supervisor 1), Deen, N. (Supervisor 2), Toschi, F. (Supervisor 2) & Lau, Y. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Anticipatory lighting control systems

    Author: Gonzalez Covarrubias, D., 29 Sep 2016

    Supervisor: van Loenen, E. (Supervisor 1), Aries, M. (Supervisor 2), Toschi, F. (Supervisor 2), de Bakker, C. (Supervisor 2) & Corbetta, A. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Controlling thermal convection via reinforcement learning

    Author: Beintema, G., 2019

    Supervisor: Toschi, F. (Supervisor 1) & Corbetta, A. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master