Welcome to Francois Blanchette's Home Page
Associate Professor (since 2012)
School of Natural Sciences
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
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as well as an (outdated) teaching statement are here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
You may find a more complete
Last modified: July 2010