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Dr Adrien Lefauve

Dr Adrien Lefauve

Dr Adrien Lefauve is a Senior Research Fellow and College Lecturer in Mathematics at Magdalene.

Dr Adrien Lefauve obtained a first MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Université de Technologie de Compiègne (France), which included two years abroad: first at the Technical University of Vienna (Austria), then at the German Aerospace Centre in Stuttgart (Germany), and finally at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA), where he wrote his thesis on the numerical simulation of collective motion of active swimmers in viscous suspensions. He obtained a second MSc in Fluid Mechanics from Ecole Polytechnique (France), where he wrote his thesis on the propagation and mixing of internal tidal waves in the deep ocean.

From there he moved to the G. K. Batchelor Laboratory of Fluid Dynamics in Cambridge and obtained a PhD in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. His thesis focussed on the waves and turbulence found in stratified shear flows, using a combination of experimental, theoretical and numerical approaches. Since then, he has been expanding on this exciting research programme, whose ultimate goal is to better understand the complex mathematics and physics of mixing in fluids that are layered in density, such as ocean currents of different temperature or salinity. More recently, he also developed an interest in decompression sickness, using hydrogels as an experimental model for soft body tissues.


MSc Mechanical Engineering, UT Compiègne (France)

MSc Fluid Mechanics, Ecole Polytechnique (France)

PhD Applied Mathematics, University of Cambridge

Career/Research Highlights

Independent Research Fellowship, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Lecturer-level fellowship with equipment funding for 5-year independent research

Research Grant, Royal Society
“Giving hydrogels the bends: exploring the early stages of bubble growth and fracture in decompressed hydrogels”

Journal Front Cover, Soft Matter
Artwork for the “highest-quality” papers “very well received by the reviewers and editors”

Silver Medal for Mathematics, UK Parliamentary and Scientific Committee
Second-best poster in early-career competition to engage MPs in the House of Commons

Early Career Fellowship, Leverhulme Trust
Highly-competitive fellowship for 3-year independent research

Dissertation Prize, UK Fluids Network
‘Best fluid-mechanics doctoral thesis submitted to a UK University in 2018’

Doctoral Prize Fellowship, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Competitive one-year postdoctoral funding to maximise impact of PhD

‘Focus on Fluids’ review article in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics
First author paper selected for a dedicated review explaining its impact to the broad community.

Young Scientist Award, European Fluid Mechanics Conference
One of the two awards for best oral presentation in biennial Europe-wide conference.