UC Lab for Interfacial Dynamics (UCLID)

The UC Lab for Interfacial Dynamics (UCLID) is an interdisciplinary lab with both experimental and computational capabilities to explore transport mechanics at curved liquid-vapor surfaces such as drops, bubbles, sprays, etc. The lab conducts optical/thermal characterization experiments to explore fundamental physics of interfacial phenomena. Commercially available and in-house software tools are used to simulate fluid interactions via high performance computing and data driven modeling.

Current Research

Liquid-vapor phase change is ubiquitous in both natural and engineered devices. It’s happening around us – all the time. The cup of coffee, the tree outdoor, the AC unit indoor, they are all undergoing “evaporation” in some form. Curved surfaces (such as droplets and bubbles) exhibit unique properties due to surface tension that alters evaporation. In turn, the evaporation further deforms and moves the interface. At UCLID, we focus on liquid-vapor phase change and associated interfacial dynamics. We study multi-phase transport phenomena using a combination of visualization tools, theory, and modeling. We work on a variety of topics including but not limited to boiling, condensation, dehumidification, evaporative deposition, colloidal self-assembly, porous media transport, electronics cooling, cryogenics, variable-gravity fluid management, and nano-/micro-scale heat transfer.

Diagram of interfacial phenomena

Open Positions

UCLID is hiring! PhD, MS and BS students are encouraged to contact Dr. Bellur with a CV/resume.


514 Rhodes Hall
UC Uptown West Campus

Principal Investigator

Headshot of Kishan Bellur

Kishan Bellur

Assistant Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

681A Rhodes Hall


Dr. Bellur is an Assistant Professor in Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at University of Cincinnati. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering in 2013. He then briefly worked as a hydraulics engineer at The Raymond Corp. in Greene, NY before starting graduate school at Michigan Tech. He received an MS in 2016 and PhD in 2018, both in Mechanical Engineering. He received postdoctoral training at Michigan Tech and University of Michigan. His research is focused on liquid-vapor phase change (evaporation/condensation) and associated interfacial phenomena. He leads the UC Lab for Interfacial Dynamics (UCLID).

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