Prof Wilson Poon

Prof Wilson Poon

Wilson works on many aspects of the rheology of complex fluids, with an emphasis on going beyond phenomenological constitutive equations to the physical mechanisms underlying a variety of non-Newtonian flows in simple and complex geometries.
 
In recent years, working with molten chocolate and ceramic pastes has led the group to doing experiments that helped reveal a fundamental role for contact forces in how high-solid-content suspensions flow. With collaborators worldwide, Wilson and his team are now in the process of 'rewriting the textbook' in this area. They have also worked on the rheology of active suspensions; specifically, how a suspension of swimming bacteria may display an effective viscosity that is lower than that of the solvent. In 2012, Wilson founded the Edinburgh Complex Fluids Partnership (ECFP) to coordinate knowledge exchange with industry. Since then, we have worked with > 50 companies spread over multiple sectors; many of our projects have a focus on complex fluid flow. The partnership's philosophy is to study well-charaterised experimental systems that mimic complex industrial materials to unearth insights that are simultaneously valuable to basic science and real-life applications. A bonus of this approach is that the team's research results can provide a bridge between analytic theory and simulations on the one hand, and real industrial system on the other. 
 

More information about research activities and updates can be found through the links below:

  1. University Website
  2. Edinburgh Complex Fluids Partnership
  3. Edinburgh Research Explorer