Patrice Bacchin

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Hydrodynamics and transport

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Research activities focused on problems at the frontier between membrane and colloid science ; a domain where the nanoscale phenomena are at the origin of scientific challenges and at the source of future innovations.

Currently studying how colloids (or soft and biological matter) are transferred in processes as membrane separation, film drying, …

  • Experimental approaches on the study of operating conditions at process scale (for example fouling during filtration) and the acquisition of data on phenomena at local scale with microfluidic devices (clogging of channels for example in video )
  • Numerical and theoretical approaches to describe these phenomena (in video)

This double two-way approach between experiment (to identify the limiting phenomena) vs numerical simulation (to understand the mechanism) and between process scale (to control the consequences) vs local scale (to see the phenomena) allow to progress in the understanding and in the control of the transport of colloids.


Application & Teaching

Research interest:  Colloid and bio-colloids engineering and processing

Applications: Health care and food related applications, Water treatment, Bioinspired membranes

Research supervision

– PhD students: Benjamin Espinasse (2003), Yolaine Bessiere (2005), Gbedo Constant Agbangla (2011), Youssef El Rayes (2011), Aurélie Marty (2012), Quentin Derekx (2015), Yiannis Gerginakis (2016), Zenamarkos Bantie Sendekie (2016), Lucia Benavente (2016), Nhat Pham Vam (2016), Dmytro Snisarenko (2016), Pritam Das (2018), Adriana Bentes correia (2021), Charaf Eddine Merzougui (2021), Sergio Da Cunha (2022), Marie Arnoult (en cours), Axelle Desriac (en cours), Guillemette Corrieu (en cours), Aka Doche(en cours)

Stays as a visiting researcher: University of Bath (UK)

Teaching activities: Transport phenomena in numerous processes / Colloid and interface science / Membrane processes for water treatment, biological and pharmaceutical applications – International collaboration for water treatment teaching in Madagascar (Madeehi European Program)

Collaborators: Collaborations leading to publications with 94 co-authors :

  • at international level with Chung Yuan Christian University (Taiwan), University of Twente (NL), University of Boulder (USA), University of Oxford (UK), University of Sydney (Australia), University of Cranfield (UK), Loughborough University (UK), Michigan State University (USA), City College of New York (USA), Nottingham Trent University (UK), University of Idaho (USA), Soochow University (China)
  • with other French groups : STLO (Rennes) LM2P2 et IUSTI (Marseille) ISVV (Bordeaux) BGB (Compiègne), Hydrasa (Poitiers), Fast et IMPMC (Paris), Mines Paris Tech (Sofia Antipolis), LAMPA (Angers),
  • with Toulouse groups : CIRIMAT, IMFT, GET, LAAS, LHFA, LISBP
  • with industrialists (Suez Env., Aquasource, Talc de Luzenac, Nestlé waters)

Patents : Procédé d’appauvrissement en cations monovalents d’une eau destinée à l’alimentation (with Gervais Danone), Matériau composite constitué par une matrice métallique et du talc (with Talc de Luzenac)

Education and Degrees

1996-2008: Assistant Professor Université Paul Sabatier

2006: Professorial Thesis (French diploma of Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches)

2008-..   : Professor, Université Paul Sabatier

1994–95: Research officer University of Bath, UK

1995-96: Researcher Company Rhone Poulenc Rorer, Paris, France

Doctorate in Chemical Engineering, Université Paul Sabatier, France

Master in Process and Environnemental Engineering, Université Paul Sabatier, France

Graduate Engineer of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Génie Chimique, Toulouse, France



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