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"The interplay between interfacial flows and biological or living matter presents rich and challenging physics with ample applications in biology, medicine and public health."

Research profile

Hanneke Gelderblom is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Physics at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). The main topics covered by her research include fluid dynamics, capillary flow phenomena, droplet dynamics, biofluids, evaporation-driven self-assembly, liquid fragmentation and laser-liquid interaction. Key examples are micropattern formation in evaporating droplets and the deformation and fragmentation of liquid droplets by laser-pulse impact. She studies different types of liquids, ranging from water to liquid metals to biofluids such as bacteria suspensions. In her work, Hanneke likes to combine theory with experiments and numerics, and fundamental fluid dynamics with applications in industry, biology and health.

Future research will focus on capillary flow phenomena in (in particular) biofluids. Biological or living material affects the interfacial hydrodynamics and hence the behaviour of the fluid on the capillary length scale. Vice versa, interfacial flows could provide a means to control the motion and/or deposition of biological matter at scales where direct manipulation is impossible, which is of key importance for applications in medicine, for example.

Academic background

Hanneke Gelderblom obtained her MSc in Biomedical Engineering at TU/e (2009) and her PhD (cum laude) in Physics of Fluids at University of Twente (2013) with a thesis that won several prizes.  Following this, she became project leader of an Industrial Partnership Programme focusing on ‘Fundamental fluid dynamics challenges in extreme ultraviolet lithography’, a collaboration between Physics of Fluids in Twente, the company ASML and NWO. Hanneke also did a short postdoc at Ecole Polytechnique (Paris). In 2016 she was awarded an NWO Veni grant to study the evaporation of living liquid droplets. She became an Assistant Professor of ‘Capillary phenomena in biofluids’ at TU/e in 2018.  

External positions

Project leader, NWO

1 Jun 201331 May 2018

PhD student, University of Twente

1 May 200919 Apr 2013

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lasers Physics & Astronomy
Stokes flow Physics & Astronomy
liquids Physics & Astronomy
propulsion Physics & Astronomy
Laser pulses Engineering & Materials Science
Liquids Engineering & Materials Science
pulses Physics & Astronomy
Contacts (fluid mechanics) Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2009 2018

  • 720 Citations
  • 19 Article
  • 2 Comment/Letter to the editor
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Conference contribution
7 Citations (Scopus)
28 Downloads (Pure)

Expansion dynamics after laser-induced cavitation in liquid tin microdroplets

Kurilovich, D., Pinto, T. D. F., Torretti, F., Schupp, R., Scheers, J., Stodolna, A. S., Gelderblom, H., Eikema, K. S. E., Witte, S., Ubachs, W., Hoekstra, R. & Versolato, O. O., 2 Nov 2018, In : Physical Review Applied. 10, 5, 8 p., 054005.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
cavitation flow
fluid dynamics
3 Citations (Scopus)
24 Downloads (Pure)

Laser-to-droplet alignment sensitivity relevant for laser-produced plasma sources of extreme ultraviolet light

Reijers, S. A., Kurilovich, D., Torretti, F., Gelderblom, H. & Versolato, O. O., 7 Jul 2018, In : Journal of Applied Physics. 124, 1, 7 p., 013102.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
laser plasmas
ultraviolet radiation

Apparatus to control and visualize the impact of a high-energy laser pulse on a liquid target

Klein, A. L., Lohse, D., Versluis, M. & Gelderblom, H., 1 Sep 2017, In : Review of Scientific Instruments. 88, 9, 20 p., 095102.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

High energy lasers
Laser pulses
7 Citations (Scopus)

Contact line arrest in solidifying spreading drops

De Ruiter, R., Colinet, P., Brunet, P., Snoeijer, J. H. & Gelderblom, H., 1 Apr 2017, In : Physical Review Fluids. 2, 4, 043602.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Contact Line
Contacts (fluid mechanics)
Thermal Conductivity
Thermal conductivity

Drop impact on solid substrates: Bubble entrapment and spreading dynamics

Gelderblom, H., Visser, C. W., Sun, C. & Lohse, D., 23 Nov 2017, Soft Interfaces. Bocquet, L., Quéré, D., Witten, T. A. & Cugliandolo, L. F. (eds.). Oxford University Press, p. 147-165 19 p. (Lecture Notes of the Les Houches Summer School; vol. 98).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademic



Micro- and nanofluidics

1/09/15 → …


Theoretical classical mechanics

1/09/13 → …


Press / Media

Boxing with drops of tin

H. Gelderblom


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Assaulting ink drops for science

H. Gelderblom


2 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

Analysis of a thermal sensor for coronary flow assessment

Author: Gelderblom, H., 31 Mar 2009

Supervisor: van de Vosse, F. (Supervisor 1), van de Ven, A. (Supervisor 2), Rutten, M. (Supervisor 2), van der Horst, A. (Supervisor 2), Haartsen, J. (Supervisor 2) & ten Eikelder, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Bacterial motility and deposition patterns in evaporating drops with a pinned contact line

Author: van Bunder, T., 2019

Supervisor: Gelderblom, H. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master


Dip coating film impinged by a gas jet

Author: van der Boog, R., 2018

Supervisor: Toschi, F. (Supervisor 1), Duran Matute, M. (Supervisor 2), Gelderblom, H. (Supervisor 2) & van Brummelen, E. (. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Effect of laser beam profile on the deformation of a tin droplet

Author: Bras, T. C., 7 Sep 2018

Supervisor: Gelderblom, H. (Supervisor 1) & Prokert, G. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Bachelor


Lattice-Boltzmann simulation of laser-impact on a droplet

Author: Reijers, S., 28 Feb 2015

Supervisor: Toschi, F. (Supervisor 1) & Gelderblom, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master