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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 2011 2019

  • 193 Citations
  • 17 Article
  • 8 Conference contribution
  • 2 Pd Eng Thesis
  • 1 Phd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)
Open Access
Phase transitions
Direct numerical simulation
Bubbles (in fluids)
Temperature distribution
2 Citations (Scopus)

Bubble formation from an orifice in liquid cross-flow

Mirsandi, H., Smit, W. J., Kong, G., Baltussen, M. W., Peters, E. A. J. F. & Kuipers, J. A. M., 1 Feb 2019, In : Chemical Engineering Journal.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Bubble formation
Bubbles (in fluids)

Direct numerical simulation study of droplet spreading on spherical particles

Milacic, E., Baltussen, M. & Kuipers, H., 1 Sep 2019, In : Powder Technology. 354, p. 11-18 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Direct numerical simulation
Contact angle
Contacts (fluid mechanics)

Hydrodynamic interaction of bubbles rising side‑by‑side in viscous liquids

Kong, G., Mirsandi, H., Buist, K., Peters, F., Baltussen, M. & Kuipers, H., 17 Sep 2019, In : Experiments in Fluids. 60, 15 p., 155

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Bubbles (in fluids)
Viscosity of liquids

Influence of gas fraction on wall-to-liquid heat transfer in dense bubbly flows

Panda, A., Weitkamp, Y. E. J., Rajkotwala, A. H., Peters, E. A. J. F., Baltussen, M. W. & Kuipers, J. A. M., 1 Nov 2019, In : Chemical Engineering Science: X. 4, 15 p., 100037

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Heat transfer
Exothermic reactions
Bubbles (in fluids)

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

Study of two interacting bubbles using a combined numerical and experimental approach

Author: Dollekens, R., 31 Aug 2013

Supervisor: Kuipers, J. (Supervisor 1), Deen, N. (Supervisor 2), Nijhuis, T. (Supervisor 2) & Baltussen, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master