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Maike Baltussen is an Assistant Professor at the research group Multiscale Modelling of Multiphase Flows where the main topic is the development of advanced reactor models for multiphase reactors with industrial relevance. At present the focus is on the hydrodynamics and transfer of heat and mass in these reactors, since a lack of understanding of the flow phenomena is one of the central difficulties in the design and scale-up of multiphase reactors. Another research topic is understanding the interplay of transport phenomena with chemical reactions. The expertise of Maike is in the field of gas-liquid, gas-solid and gas-liquid-solid hydrodynamics and in multi-scale modelling, from DNS to phenomenological models.

Academic background

Maike Baltussen studied both Chemical Engineering and Nanotechnology at the University of Twente (UT, Enschede, The Netherlands). In 2010, she obtained her MSc in Chemical Engineering cum laude for her numerical study of monodisperse and bi-disperse bubble swarms at the UT research group Fundamentals of Chemical Reaction Engineering. As part of her study she also completed an internship at Kyoto University (Japan). In 2011, she completed her study in Nanotechnology with a numerical research project regarding the colloidal stability of oxidative nanofilms, performed at the UT research group Inorganic Material Science. She then became a PhD student at the research group Multi-Scale Modelling of Multiphase Flows at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) under supervision of professors Hans Kuipers and Niels Deen. In 2015 she graduated on her thesis 'Bubbles on the cutting edge: direct numerical simulations of gas-liquid-solid three-phase flows'. In 2016, after being a postdoctoral researcher at UT for almost a year, she was appointed Assistant Professor with the TU/e group Multi-Scale Modelling of Multiphase Flows of Prof. Hans Kuipers.

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Research Output

  • 237 Citations
  • 22 Article
  • 8 Conference contribution
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Phd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)

An improved subgrid scale model for front‐tracking based simulations of mass transfer from bubbles

Claassen, C. M. Y., Islam, M. S., Peters, E. A. J. F. F., Deen, N. G., Kuipers, J. A. M. H. & Baltussen, M. W., Apr 2020, In : AIChE Journal. 66, 4, e16889.

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    Influence of wetting conditions on bubble formation from a submerged orifice

    Mirsandi, H., Smit, W. J., Kong, G., Baltussen, M. W., Peters, E. A. J. F. F. & Kuipers, J. A. M. H., 1 Mar 2020, In : Experiments in Fluids. 61, 3, 83.

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    On the terminal velocity of single bubbles rising in non-Newtonian power-law liquids

    Battistella, A., van Schijndel, S. J. G., Baltussen, M. W., Roghair, I. & van Sint Annaland, M., Apr 2020, In : Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics. 278, 11 p., 104249.

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    Student theses

    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

    Cutting bubbles with a wire mesh: an experimental and computational study of single bubble cutting in a micro-structured bubble column reactor

    Author: Teley, M., 31 Aug 2016

    Supervisor: Kuipers, J. (Supervisor 1), Deen, N. (Supervisor 2), de Carvalho Esteves, A. (Supervisor 2), Baltussen, M. (Supervisor 2) & Thiruvalluvan Sujatha, K. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) of droplet imbibition and spreading on a porous medium

    Author: Milacic, E., 31 May 2017

    Supervisor: Kuipers, H. (Supervisor 1), van der Schaaf, J. (Supervisor 2), Baltussen, M. (Supervisor 2) & Das, S. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Experimental investigation on the influence of wettability and shear flow on bubble formation

    Author: Smit, W., 27 Sep 2017

    Supervisor: Kuipers, H. (Supervisor 1), van der Geld, C. (Supervisor 2), Peters, F. (Supervisor 2), Baltussen, M. (Supervisor 2) & Mirsandi, H. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master