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Dr Naval Singh

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

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PhD supervision

We are looking for highly motivated students with a variety of Engineering (Chemical, Mechanical, Biomedical) and Science (Physical Chemistry, Biophysics) backgrounds. Applications are always welcome from PhD and Post-doctoral candidates, both home and overseas. There is also an opportunity to collaboratively apply for funding based on mutual research interest. Currently available PhD position (Fully Funded) - Controlling Transport of Colloidal Particles in Complex Fluids in Microfluidic Devices


Dr Naval Singh joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at Lancaster University as a Lecturer. Naval received his Master degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, India and Lehigh University, USA. He earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Loughborough University, UK followed by postdoctoral experience in collaboration with CNRS France, where his research was focused on the production and manipulation of functional particles in micro-scale flows for the investigation of their fundamental properties and behaviour. He devised a novel trapping mechanism that allows rapid and reversible accumulation of sub-micron particles within dead-end structures of innovative microfluidic devices for the development of energy-efficient and sustainable solutions and point-of-care diagnostics.

In 2021, Naval joined the University of Manchester as a research associate and worked on an inter-disciplinary research focused on the interface of experimental biomimetic microfluidics, soft matter, and biophysics involving a team of engineers, physicists, biologists, mathematicians, and clinicians from the University of Edinburgh, McMaster University, Canada, and St Mary’s Hospital. The work focused on the suspension of microcapsules which can flow and deform like red blood cells to elucidate the haemodynamics in complex media. Naval’s research interests lie in the field of (bio)microfluidics, microfabrication, polymer thin film instabilities, interfacial science, and soft matter transport towards the development of applications in healthcare technologies, food and energy sectors. Please contact to discuss ideas, PhD / Master projects supervision and possible collaborations!  

Research Interests

  • (Bio)Microfluidics
  • Microfabrication
  • Colloids and Interfacial Science
  • Soft Matter
  • Complex Fluids
  • Polymers
  • Healthcare Technologies

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Fully Funded PhD studentship Available

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Current Teaching

ENGR 498 - Interfacial Phenomena and Microfluidics – Module Convenor

ENGR 302 - Chemical Process Design Project 


Research Grants

I have been awarded several grants from the Society of Chemical Industry, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics and the Santander Mobility Grant.

External Roles

As a Guest Editor, I invite all to submit manuscripts for the JoVE Journal Methods Collection theme - Advanced Experimental and Analytical Methods in Smart Materials and Soft Matter.

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