Welcome to Francois Blanchette's Home Page

Associate Professor (since 2012)
Applied Mathematics group

School of Natural Sciences
UC Merced
5200 N. Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343, USA

My research interests are all related one way or another to fluid dynamics. More precisely, I am interested in interfacial flows between immiscible fluids (drops and bubbles), with a focus on situations where the surface tension is not constant. I also study sedimentation, where lots of particles settle under the influence of gravity. I am also interested in the erosion of these particles by fluid flow. I study these flows in an ambient fluid where the density may vary (stratified flow), for example because of temperature or salinity variations. I also studied how penguins huddle, for fun.
You can find more details here


And if you are interested in doing graduate studies with me, you can look up our Applied Mathematics Graduate program.
We also have some very interesting seminars

I am now, since the summer of 2015, the Chair of the Applied Mathematics Department. This means that if you have questions about our department, you can send them my way, see the email address above.
I have also taught a number of courses at UCM, and more details, as well as an (outdated) teaching statement are here


Before coming to UCM, I was a researcher at the James Franck Institute (2004-2006) where I worked primarily with Wendy Zhang. During the year 2003-2004, I was part of the Mechanical Enginering department at UCSB, working with Eckart Meiburg. Before that (1999-2003), I was a graduate student in Applied Mathematics at MIT from September 1999 to July 2003 where I studied Fluid Dynamics under the supervision of John Bush. You may find a more complete

CV here.


Last modified: July 2010