Prof. Steve Tobias is the Director of the Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics. Steve is an applied mathematician with interests in studying the turbulent flows in rotating, stratified and magnetised bodies such as planets, stars and disks. Of particular current interest is the development of an (anisotropic and inhomogeneous)  statistical theory for such flows. He is currently on the Exectuive Committee of the EPSRC-supported UK Fluids Network and has funding from EPSRC, NERC, STFC, The Leverhulme Trust and the European Research Council for his research into fluid dynamics.

Prof. Cath Noakes is the Deputy Director of the Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics. Cath is a chartered mechanical engineer with a background in fluid dynamics, with interests in environmental fluid flow problems, with a strong focus on indoor air quality and investigating the transmission and control of airborne infection in healthcare environments.

Dr Claire Savy is the LIFD Centre Manager, and is also the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics Centre Manager

Staff profiles at the University of Leeds that have Fluid Dynamics linked research interests are listed here. Broad areas of Fluid Dynamics research undertaken in each School are listed below:

Chemical and Process Engineering: Key research areas are CFD, multiphase and turbulent flows, fluid mechanics, powers, spray and coatings. Examples of key projects in this School are: ‘Re-examining drag reduction: the important interplay between surface and fluid properties’ (D. Harbottle) and ‘Coupling of tomography and CFD for pipeline multiphase flow measurement and pipeline assurance’ (M. Wang)

Chemistry: The main research areas are dyes, pigments, colourants and formulation and delivery of functional complex fluids systems.

Civil Engineering: Key research areas are CFD, hydrology, turbulent flows, environmental flows and flood dynamics. Examples of key projects in this School are: ‘Development of Computational Models to Design Upper Room Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation Air Disinfection Systems in Hospital Environments’ (C. Noakes) and ‘Industrial application (modelling) of particle methods for open channel flows’ (D. Borman)

Computing: The main research areas are CFD, complex fluids and patient-specific physiological flows. Examples of key projects in this School are: ‘A finite element model for the Boussinesq equations’ (M. Walkley), ‘Adaptive multilevel modelling of two-phase flow problems’ (P. Jimack),  and ‘Image-based fluid dynamics of stented and coiled cerebral aneurysms” (A.F. Frangi and T.Lassila).

Earth and Environment: Key research areas are weather and climate modelling, atmospheric dynamics, core-mantle interactions, multiphase flows, flood and sediment dynamics. Examples of key projects in this School are: ‘New real-world field-scale calibration for improved turbidity current impact modeling’ (R. Dorrell), ‘African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis’ (D. Parker) and projects within the Turbidites Research Group (TRG)

Geography: Key research areas are flood and river dynamics, hydrology and sediment dynamics. Examples of key projects in this School are: ‘Modelling rapid landscape change due to outburst floods’ (J. Carrivick) and ‘MorphSed: investigating the morpho-sedimentary dynamics of human-stressed fluvial systems and implications for ecological diversity on the Upper Cinca River’ (M. Smith)

Medicine and Health/Biology: Fluid flows play key roles in biological transport and regulatory mechanisms. Measuring and modelling these flows is an important element in understanding clinical pathologies. For example, local variation in shear stress is implicated in atherosclerotic plaque formation in the vascular system, whilst flows and deformation of the aqueous and vitreous humors in the eye are key drivers of several ocular pathologies, including retinal detachment. The School of Medicine at Leeds is one of the largest medical schools in the United Kingdom and has several research programmes, including one of the largest cardiovascular researchgroups in the UK, with strengths in cardiovascular imaging. This is a particularly rich area for Institute activity, given the large amounts of imaging data which require robust mathematical modelling frameworks to maximise the information content of the images. There is also a strong programme in the development of microfluidic platforms for novel clinical and biological applications, led by Physics.

Mechanical Engineering: Key research areas are CFD, fluid mechanics, droplets, sprays, coating and printing, and thermofluids. Examples of key projects in this School are: ‘Modelling and optimisation of heat exchangers including working on high heat density cooling’ (N. Kapur) and ‘Air and liquid cooling technologies for electronics cooling and data centres’ (H. Thompson)

Mathematics: Key research areas are CFD, geophysical fluid dynamics, multiphase flows and compressible flows. Examples of key projects in this School belong to the Astrophysical and Geophysical Fluids group, such as ‘Geometric integrators and closure theory in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics’ (O. Bokhove)

Physics and Astronomy: The main research areas are CFD, astophysical fluid dynamics, magnetohydrodynamics and hydrodynamics. An example of a projects within this School is ‘The interaction of hydrodynamic shocks with self-gravitating clouds’ (T. Harquist and S. Falle)

Chemical and Process Engineering

Andrew BaylyProfessorChemical and Process Engineering
Antonia BorissovaDrChemical and Process Engineering
Alan BurnsDrChemical and Process Engineering
Olivier CayreDrChemical and Process Engineering
Michael FairweatherProfessorChemical and Process Engineering
Mojtaba GhadiriProfessorChemical and Process Engineering
David HarbottleDrChemical and Process Engineering
Ali HassanpourDrChemical and Process Engineering
Peter HeggsProfessorChemical and Process Engineering
Timothy HunterDrChemical and Process Engineering
Artur J. JaworskiProfessorChemical and Process Engineering
Xiaodong JiaDrChemical and Process Engineering
Xiaoan MaoDrChemical and Process Engineering
Joseph Ghaffari MotlaghDrChemical and Process Engineering
Andrew MullisProfessorChemical and Process Engineering
Derrick NjobuenwuDrChemical and Process Engineering
Jiri PolanskyDrChemical and Process Engineering
Andrew RossDrChemical and Process Engineering
Alison TomlinProfessorChemical and Process Engineering
Mi WangProfessorChemical and Process Engineering
Bao Hua XuDrChemical and Process Engineering


Terry KeeDrChemistry
Long LinProfessorChemistry

Civil Engineering

Sangaralingam AhilanDrCivil Engineering
Duncan BormanDrCivil Engineering
Miller Camargo-ValeroDrCivil Engineering
Louise FletcherDrCivil Engineering
Raul FuentesDrCivil Engineering
Amirul KhanDrCivil Engineering
Fleur LoveridgeDrCivil Engineering
Nikolaos NikitasDrCivil Engineering
Catherine NoakesProfessorCivil Engineering
Simon ReesDrCivil Engineering
Yong ShengDrCivil Engineering
Andrew SleighDrCivil Engineering
Mark TriggDrCivil Engineering
Dongmin YangDrCivil Engineering


Toni LassilaDrComputing
Peter BolladaDrComputing
Alejandro FrangiProfessorComputing
David HeadDr
Peter JimackProfessorComputing
Mark WalkleyDrComputing

Earth and Environment

Cathryn BirchDrEarth and Environment
Alan BlythProfessorEarth and Environment
Steven BoeingDrEarth and Environment
Ian BrooksProfessorEarth and Environment
Ralph BurtonDrEarth and Environment
Ken CarslawProfessorEarth and Environment
Chris DaviesDrEarth and Environment
Robert DorrellDrEarth and Environment
David FergusonDrEarth and Environment
Paul FieldProfessorEarth and Environment
Quentin FisherProfessorEarth and Environment
Tom FletcherDrEarth and Environment
Alan GadianDrEarth and Environment
Carlos GrattoniDrEarth and Environment
Dave HodgsonProfessorEarth and Environment
Gareth KeevilDrEarth and Environment
Phil LivermoreDrEarth and Environment
Piroska LorincziDrEarth and Environment
Graham MannDrEarth and Environment
Vernon ManvilleDrEarth and Environment
John MarshamDrEarth and Environment
Amanda MaycockDrEarth and Environment
Bill McCaffreyProfessorEarth and Environment
Stephen MobbsProfessorEarth and Environment
Jon MoundDrEarth and Environment
Nigel MountneyDrEarth and Environment
Bill MurphyDrEarth and Environment
Doug ParkerProfessorEarth and Environment
Jeff PeakallProfessorEarth and Environment
Colin PittsDrEarth and Environment
Andrew RossDrEarth and Environment
Juliane SchwendikeDrEarth and Environment
Anthony StockdaleDrEarth and Environment
Rob ThomasDrEarth and Environment
Andrew WalkerDrEarth and Environment
Xianyun WenDrEarth and Environment
Bruce YardleyProfessorEarth and Environment


Jonathan CarrivickDrGeography
Emanuel GloorProfessorGeography
Brian IrvineDrGeography
Mark SmithDrGeography


Adrian BarkerDrMathematics
Cedric BeaumeDrMathematics
Onno BokhoveProfessorMathematics
Sam FalleProfessorMathematics
Stephen GriffithsDrMathematics
Celine GuervillyDrMathematics
Oliver HarlenDrMathematics
Rainer HollerbachProfessorMathematics
David HughesProfessorMathematics
Jitse NiesenDrMathematics
Chris JonesProfessorMathematics
Mark KelmansonProfessorMathematics
Evy KersaléDrMathematics
Daniel LesnicProfessorMathematics
Sam PeglerDrMathematics
Rob SturmanDrMathematics
Steven TobiasProfessorMathematics

Mechanical Engineering

Derek BradleyProfessorMechanical Engineering
Carl GilkesonDrMechanical Engineering
Nik KapurProfessor Mechanical Engineering
Malcolm LawesDrMechanical Engineering
Tomasz LiskiewiczDrMechanical Engineering
Anne NevilleProfessorMechanical Engineering
Daniel RuprechtDrMechanical Engineering
Andrew ShiresDrMechanical Engineering
Jon SummersDrMechanical Engineering
Harvey ThompsonProfessorMechanical Engineering
Mark WilsonDrMechanical Engineering

Medicine and Health

Karen BirchProf
Malenka BissellDr
David BuckleyProf
Erica Dall’Armelina
John GreenwoodProfessor
Arun HoldenProfessor
Andy LumbDr
Sven PleinProfessor
Ralf RichterDr
Jurgen SchneiderProf
Julian ScottProf
Stephen SmyeProf
Steven SourbronDr
Paul StewartProfessor
Bryan TaylorDrBiological Sciences

Physics and Astronomy

Thomas HartquistProfessorPhysics and Astronomy
Julian PittardDr Physics and Astronomy
Sven Van LooDrPhysics and Astronomy