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Dr Emilia Nowak

Senior Lecturer

School of Food and Advanced Technology

I carried out Postdoctoral research in a collaborative project between Imperial College London (ICL), University College London (UCL) and Nottingham University, where I investigated the effect of surfactants on liquid deformations during coalescence and breakage, enabling industries like Shell, BP and Procter & Gamble making more informed on-site decisions.

Synergy and integration between the partners in terms of theory, computation, and experimental work, enabled the examination of the individual small length-scale phenomena in isolation (e.g. drop coalescence, bubble or drop detachment) that determines the global multiphase flow characteristics.

I was a part of a world’s largest collaborative project for the research and development of nanofluid coolants. This EU project comprised of 12 leading European companies (e.g. Siemens) and research centres (e.g. KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm) to develop cooling system for a range of industrial applications.

  • Research Fellow in School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham (2012)

I worked on the developmnet of the delivery systems and wrote a chapter on Hydrocolloid Formulations Engineered for Properties in the GI Tract

  • PhD in School of Chemcial Engineering (2013), University of Birmingham for Johnson & Matthey

I have been investigating the fundamentals of gas-liquid-solid interactions to enable understanding and control of mass transfer limitations in multiphase system; the interactions were predicted with novel way purely based on interfacial energies where the energies of porous catalyst particles were obtained with Inverse Gas Chromatography.

Thesis title: "Bubbles – catalysts – oil interactions at elevated temperature and pressure in Fischer Tropsch synthesis"

  • MEng in Chemical and Process Engineering, ZUT, Szczecin, Poland (2008)

Chancellor’s award for exceptional achievements; First Class degree with continuous merit; Best Student in the graduating class;

  • 2.5 years of MEng in Automatic Control and Robotics, Electrical Department, ZUT, Szczecin, Poland

Dynamic Colloids and Surface Science

Emilia joined Massey in 2016 and has since been actively engaging in the NZ research landscape;

Her research is revolving around experimental interface physics, bridging hydrodynamics with surface chemistry and fundamental interfacial properties aided by theory & computations. This exciting scientific field challenges current understanding of how soft matter interacts with each other and she received MARSDEN Fast Start 2017 to investigate these poorly understood phenomena. This basic research subsequently led to Science for Technological Innovation Seed Project (2019) fund to develop Innovative multidimensional manufacturing and intelligent fluid management.

  • AI in The MacDiarmid Institute
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Research Expertise

Research Interests

Emilia’s research is revolving around experimental interface physics, bridging hydrodynamics with surface chemistry and fundamental interfacial properties aided by theory & computations.  

I have conducted fundamental research in interfacial fluid mechanics, transport phenomena, and multiphase flows and have a strong experimental background in dynamics of free surface flows, liquid filament breakage and coalescence, interfacial forces, surface energy of porous particles, wetting as well as gas/liquid/solid interactions.

Research Opportunities

  • PhD scholarship  (01/12/2018) Interfacial phenomena in the gastrointestinal track
  • PhD scholarship  (20/12/2018) Experimental investigation of fluid dynamics: hydrodynamics with surface chemistry

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Chemical Engineering (090400):
Chemical Science (030000):
Classical Physics (020300):
Colloid and Surface Chemistry (030603):
Engineering (090000):
Fluid Physics (020303):
Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural (030600):
Physical Sciences (020000)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 4 9

Current Projects

Project Title: Encapsulation of an aqueous liquid in a drop of aqueous liquid

Date Range: 2018 - 2021

Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand

Project Team:

Research Outputs

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

124.171  Physical Principles for Engineering and Technology 1

124.172  Physical principles for Engineering and Technology 2

141.212 Food Technology 4: Manufacturing

280.271  Heat and Mass - Conservation and Transfer

280.272  Fluid flow and particle technology 

280.371  Process Engineering Operations

280.372  Reaction technologies and Process Modelling

Courses Coordinated

  • 141.212 Food Technology 4: Manufacturing
  • 280.272 Fluid Flow and Particle Technology
  • 280.372 Reaction Technologies and Process Modelling

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 2 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Hoang Du Le - Doctor of Philosophy
    Carbohydrate systems for delivering bioactives to the colon
  • Nicolas Tapia Zapata - Doctor of Philosophy
    Design of Corrugated Fibreboard Packaging

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