Dr. Evgeniy Boyko completed his Ph.D. in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion, where he studied fluid mechanics of Newtonian liquids at the microscale and their interaction with elastic boundaries, actuated by electrokinetic forces. He will spend the first year of his postdoc at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton, followed by two years at the Purdue Engineering.
In his postdoctoral studies, Dr. Boyko hopes to address major gaps in our understanding of microscale hydrodynamics of complex non-Newtonian fluids, such as colloidal suspensions, blood, and polymeric solutions, which can exhibit shear-thinning and viscoelastic characteristics. These complex fluids are widely used in various microfluidic applications, which are often fabricated from soft materials and thus may deform due to fluid flow within the device, giving rise to a coupled fluid-structure interaction. Dr. Boyko is interested in studying this yet-poorly-understood microscale interaction between complex non-Newtonian fluids and elastic substrate and elucidating the influence of the viscoelastic effects on such interaction and deformation. He believes that building a proper physical understanding of complex fluid flows holds the potential for the development of new applications beyond microfluidics, leveraging unique properties of non-Newtonian fluids.