Further to the 2020 call for research proposals, 5 PhD students and a post-doc have been recruited.

Amélie Ferran


Amélie has obtained an engineering diploma from the ENSEEIHT school in Toulouse with a speciality in fluid mechanics and environmental flows. During her studies, she has spend one semester as an Erasmus student at the Arctic University of Norway and obtained a master diploma about ocean, atmospheric and climate science from the University Paul Sabatier (Toulouse).

Amélie has just started her PhD on the dynamics of inertial particles in the turbulent/non-turbulent interface, under the supervision of Alberto Aliseda (Univ. Washington, Seattle) who has arrived in Grenoble last month, and will stay over a whole year at the LEGI to co-supervise the project with Nicolas Mordant, Nathanaël Machicoane and Martin Obligado.

Oksana Kirichuk


Oksana has done her studies at the Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia where she obtained a master degree in Medical biotechnology. She has also followed a number of summer schools and additional training on ecological chemistry (NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal), on biomechanics (Faculty of applied sciences, University of Liege, Belgium) and on open innovations at the ENGSGIS (Univ. Lorraine, Nancy, France). She will start her PhD at the LIPhy in Grenoble on the 1st of November this year to study the role of fluid membranes in the cell/glycocalyx interactions under flow, under the supervision of Delphine Débarre (LIPhy) and Ralph Richter from the University of Leeds (UK).

Sarah Smith


Sarah has obtained a master of science in mechanical engineering at Portland State University (USA) with a speciality in fluid and thermal sciences. She has just started her PhD in Portland under the supervision of Raúl Bayoán Cal, to carry out the experimental 3D characterisation of the dynamics of dust particles on solar panels under turbulent air conditions. She will spend the first 18 months in Portland, and will then come to Grenoble for the second half of her PhD where she will work on a complementary experiment involving both solid dust particles and water droplets in a turbulent air flow, using the wind tunnel of the LEGI under the supervision of Martin Obligado and Henda Djeridi.


Benjamin Arrondeau


Benjamin has a master of science in computational fluid dynamics that he obtained at Cranfield University (UK) as well as a engineering diploma from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes (France) with a speciality in hydrodynamics and ocean engineering. He will start his PhD project in the coming weeks under the co-supervision of Sedat Tardu (LEGI), Alain Girard (SBT LRTH) and Olivier Doche (SIMAP EPM). His work consists in a numerical study of the control of turbulence in rectangular pipe flows with applications to the cooling of ultra high intensity laser amplifiers.


Suzanne Lapillonne


Suzanne has obtained an engineer degree at the ENSE3 Grenoble, in the "Hydraulics Civil and Environmental Engineering" programme with a specialty in water resources and infrastructures. In parallel, as part of the Erasmus programme, she has followed the "Hydroscience and Engineering" international master at the Technical University of Desden where she worked on the validation of sediment transport models. She has started her PhD at the INRAE Grenoble on the 1st of October on the multiscale investigation of the interactions between debris flows and obstacles through coupled DEM-SPH modelling under the supervision of Guillaume Piton (INRAE) and Vincent Richefeu (3SR).



Ramzi Khiari


Ramzi has done his PhD between the University of Monastir (Tunisia) and the LGP2 Grenoble, on the valorisation of agricultural and marine wastes in textile, paper and composite industries. He has expertise in materials and textile engineering and the valorisation of plant biomass, the development and characterisation of polymers and nanocomposites, in particular their chemical modifications, and structure / properties relationships.

He has arrived in August this year to start his post-doc on the extrusion and wet spinning of cellulose nanofibres for the production of multifunctional materials. Ramzi works in collaboration with Davide Beneventi (LGP2)  and Albert Magnin (LRP).