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Dr Jose Castrejon Pita
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  • Lecturer/Associate Professor in Manufacturing Innovation & Enterprise
  • Dept of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
J. Rafael Castrejón-Pita is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Rafael received his PhD from Imperial College in 2007 and his career includes 9 years in the University of Cambridge as an Isaac Newton Trust fellow and SPDRA, and 7 years as a Senior Lecturer in Queen Mary University of London. He has published 65 peer-reviewed papers including several in top journals such as Physical Review Letters, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Advance Functional Materials. His funding portfolio includes industrial and council grants for ca. £800k. Rafael currently leads two two-years Knowledge Transfer Partnerships in collaboration with Xaar plc and Archipelago Technology. Rafael co-leads the EPSRC Special Interest Group in Droplet dynamics.
Research Summary

Rafa’s research activities are focused on the science of droplets & additive manufacturing; his works have confirmed whether, according to its fluid properties, a liquid can or not break up into droplets. He has also studied the impact of droplets on steady and moving liquids, and on soft and hard solids, these being important processes in printing and additive manufacturing. His most recent studies include methods to print complex cell structures within biogels, and the printing of latex structures. Moreover, Rafael’s research is often covered by the wider international media such as the New Scientist, Scientific American, Popular Mechanics, Physics Focus, Physics World, Wired, and The Engineer.

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