Marco Ellero

Group Leader. Ikerbasque Research Professor

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Marco Ellero is Ikerbasque Professor of Computational Fluid Dynamics at the Basque Center for Applied Mathematics in Bilbao where he is the main coordinator of the Area “Computational Mathematics” and Head of the research line “CFD: modelling and simulation”. He is also currently Honorary Professor in the Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering (ZCCE) and  Complex Fluids Research Group at Swansea University as well as member of the Institute of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics (INNFM, UK). His research interests deal with the theoretical modelling and numerical simulation of complex fluids, particulate systems and multiscale flow phenomena with particular focus on biofluid mechanics, microfluidics and rheology. The main goal of Prof. Ellero’s work is the development of new models based on Lagrangian multiscale particle-methods and the design of efficient parallel algorithms for the analysis of complex flows.

Marco Ellero studied Physics at the University of Trieste where he received his Diploma (“Laurea”) in 2000. He obtained his PhD (2004) in Theoretical Physics from the Technical University Berlin (Prof. Siegfried Hess). He was ARC Research Associate (2004-2006, School of Mechanical Engineering) at the Sydney University (with Prof. Roger Tanner) and ‘Juan de la Cierva’ Fellow in ‘Complex fluid modelling’ (2007-2008, Institute of Theoretical Physics) at the UNED in Madrid (with Prof. Pep Español). Between 2008 and 2013 he was ‘Emmy-Noether’ Head of the Computational Microfluidics Group at the Institute of Fluid Mechanics (Prof. Nikolaus Adams, Technical University Munich). In 2013 he has been Visiting Academic at the Bioengineering Department (National University Singapore, visiting Prof. Nhan Phan-Thien). In 2014 he received his professorial qualification in Fluid Mechanics from the Technical University Munich (“Habilitation”), from the MIUR Italy (“Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale”) and, in 2018, from the ANECA, Spain (“Acreditacion“). Before to join BCAM in 2018 he was tenured Associate Professor at Swansea University, UK (2013-2018). He has been Principal Investigator of several projects in Germany, UK and Spain. He is/has been lecturing courses on fluid mechanics , thermodynamics and numerical methods at the Technical University Munich (TUM), Swansea University and the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) where he is member of the Doctoral Programme in Engineering Physics.

He serves as referee for many international journals, including Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Journal of Computational Physics, Journal of Chemical Physics, Physical Review E, Soft Matter, Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, Journal of Rheology and Physics of Fluids, as well as in international panels for the management of research and resources, including the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Israel Science Foundation (ISF) and Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE). Prof. Ellero is member of the European Rheology Society (ERS), Spanish Rheology Society and the European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS). He has been also elected member of the International Community for Mesoscopic Methods in Engineering and Science (ICMMES) and in the Scientific Committee of the Joint Research Lab in Offshore Renewable Energy (JRL-ORE) in Spain. Since 2019 is in the Editorial Board of the Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, Physics of Fluids, Journal Fluid Dynamics and Materials Processing as well as, since 2022, in Advances in Computational Science and Engineering (AIMS). He has published 1 edited volume, over 70 papers in international journals and over 30 papers in peer-reviewed conference proceedings.

  • Mapping flagellated swimmers to surface-slip driven swimmers. 

    Gidituri, H.Autoridad BCAM; Kabacaoglu, G.; Ellero, M.Autoridad BCAM; Balboa, F.Autoridad BCAM (2023)
    Flagellated microswimmers are ubiquitous in natural habitats. Understanding the hydrodynamic behavior of these cells is of paramount interest, owing to their applications in bio-medical engineering and disease spreading. ...
  • Swimming Efficiently by Wrapping 

    Ellero, M.Autoridad BCAM; Balboa, F.Autoridad BCAM; Gidituri, H.Autoridad BCAM (2023)
    Single flagellated bacteria are ubiquitous in nature. They exhibit various swimming modes using their flagella to explore complex surroundings such as soil and porous polymer networks. Some single-flagellated bacteria ...
  • SPH simulations of thixo-viscoplastic fluid flow past a cylinder 

    Rossi, E.Autoridad BCAM; Garcia de Beristain, I.; Vazquez-Quesada, A.; López-Aguilar, J. E.; Ellero, M.Autoridad BCAM (2022-10-01)
    Thixotropic materials are complex fluids that display time-dependent viscosity and/or yield-stress response upon the application of a fixed deformation, while recovering their original structured-state when the deformation ...
  • Mesoscopic modelling and simulation of espresso coffee extraction 

    Ellero, M.Autoridad BCAM; Navarini, L. (2019)
    A mesoscopic model for the simulation of espresso extraction based on the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics method is presented. The model incorporates some essential features such as bimodal granulometry (fines-coarses) of ...
  • Shear-thickening of a non-colloidal suspension with a viscoelastic matrix 

    Vazquez-Quesada, A.; Español, P.; Tanner, R.I.; Ellero, M.Autoridad BCAM (2019)
    In this work we study the rheology of a non-colloidal suspension of rigid spherical particles interacting with a viscoelastic matrix. Three-dimensional numerical simulations under shear flow are performed using the ...

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